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Vivid Foundry Corp. is an interactive arts and independent game development studio founded by Tanya Kan, focusing on storied, atmospheric, and artistic experiences. Vivid Foundry's games explore empathetic and human dramas, cultural change and what makes us unite as diverse communities.
In March 2013, Tanya Kan had just completed an immersive and life-changing internship at a VFX studio in Hong Kong, and all of her travel experiences and friendships re-energized her passion for creative writing. Her earlier undergrad degree in Political Science and Cinema Studies further helped her hone her voice in shaping experiential stories. Since then, she has taken on work that privileges interactive media, including store displays and product demonstrations, and interactive real estate experiences using Unreal Engine. Over time, she developed prototypes for games that is driven by narrative exposition as the key gameplay experience. With collaborators and advisors within the local community, she has created playable prototypes that explore non-linear storytelling in the game demo "Scar Tissue", and contributed as lead artist to an Oculus multiplayer tag game demo called "Double Blind". Tanya Kan had also directed, created and shown an Oculus Gear VR interactive project "Eviction Notice" at several exhibitions in Toronto and abroad.Current development
Through multiple iterations and frequent gameplay prototyping, Vivid Foundry is independently developing "Solace State" for commercial release. Solace State is a 3D cinematic visual novel set in a near-future surveillance state, where creating political stewardship can mean the difference between a peaceful resistance or the forced acceptance of an unjust fate. It is currently in development in Unity 5, and features 3D environments, and a complex storyline where character motivations within friendships and society are key to how the story unfolds. Tanya Kan had spoken in 2017 at the Toronto International Film Festival about her works in immersive technologies and interactive digital media storytelling, and in 2018 at Game Devs of Color Expo about creating social impact games.
Solace State First Demo Storytelling Trailer YouTube
VR Game Jam 2013: Double Blind Vimeo
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Awards & Recognition
- "Toronto Arts Council Grant" - Level 1 Award Grants to Media Artists for "Solace State", 2014
- "Ontario Media Development Corporation" - Global Market Development Fund (Travel Grant), 2016-2018
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