Umami is a realtime VR experience and installation immersing the user into the story of a man rediscovering his memories through a series of Japanese dishes, beverages and tastes : the sweet, the sour, the bitter, the salty and the umami : the ‘delicious taste’.
The user embodies a character digesting his life through a phenomenon known as ‘Madeleine de Proust’. Through his interactions with the dishes, memories arise unintentionally taking him into an incredible journey, breaking the dichotomy between present and past, reality and fantasy.
In a world blending present time, gastronomy, dreams and memories, the VR restaurant and the installation progressively evolve to become a different place, ending the user’s experience and leaving him with an aftertaste as durable as the umami present in his meal.
Produced by Tiny Planets in co-production with Novelab and DVGroup
In Competition at 75th Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica (World Premiere)
By Thomas Pons & Landia Egal
Narrative autor, Project director : Landia Egal
Graphic author, Art Director, 2D animation Director : Thomas Pons
Producer: Tiny Planets
Producers : Landia Egal, Laura Bardey
Interaction Designer : Charles Ayats
Coproducer – VR experience : Novelab
Creative Technologist : Amaury La Burthe
Lead 3D Animator : Amaury Guilley
Assistant 3D Animator : Antoine David
3D Artist : Arthur Maugendre
Assistant 3D Artist : Guillaume Leblay
Senior Programmer : Robin Picou
Senior Programmer : Laurent Freimann
Assistant Programmer : Paul Figiel
Audio Designer : Florent Dumas
Audio Designer : Thomas Couchard
Coproducer – Physical Installation : DV Group