Future Cinema Lab

New Stories for New Screens New People New Places


Located within the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University, the Future Cinema Lab (FCL) investigates how new digital storytelling techniques can critically transform a diverse array of state-of-the-art screens. The FCL is the first dedicated facility of its type in Canada, enabling researchers to design new forms of storytelling, develop prototypes for urban research, and create innovative, subversive projects within networked and hybrid media environments.

The FCL is designed as a joint research project between Professors John Greyson, Caitlin Fisher and Janine Marchessault, bringing together their unique and complimentary practices as researchers, artists, and filmmakers within a spectrum of new media practices. In 2009 Professors Ali Kazimi and Don Sinclair joined the lab as collaborators. The collaborative research program exemplifies the interdisciplinary approach which is a hallmark of York University. It is highly interdisciplinary in its content and perspectives, as it focuses on new media, technology studies, literary and cultural studies, and the fine arts. In the face of an overwhelmingly powerful entertainment industry that monopolizes the world’s screens and future cinemas, it is urgent that we create research spaces where storytelling can be re-invented for our digital age, outside the pressures of the ad-saturated, profit-driven marketplace.

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The FCL consists of $1 million worth of facilities and equipment located at York University’s Keele Campus. Facilities include a multimedia lab for augmented reality and mobile media production, a computer lab for digital video editing, a 24-track audio mixing suite, and a seminar room. Our technologies include:

  • Fogscreen – produces a thin curtain of fog that serves as a translucent projection screen
  • Sony and Panasonic HD cameras
  • Intersense motion tracking system
  • NVIS nVisor ST – see-through head-mounted display
  • Ladybug2 – 360° digital video camera
  • Bumblebee2 – stereo vision camera
  • Mobile digital projectors

Projects & Research

Future Cinema Lab


Caitlin Fisher

BA (Toronto), MA (Carleton), PhD (York) Canada Research Chair in Digital Culture Associate Professor, Department of Film, York University

John Greyson

Associate Professor: Production Department of Film, York University

Brenda Longfellow

BA, MA (Carleton), PhD (York) Associate Professor: Film Studies & Production Department of Film, York University

Ali Kazimi

B.Sc.(St. Stephen’s, Delhi), B.F.A. (Honours) (York) Assistant Professor: Production Department of Film, York University

Don Sinclair

BA (Mathematics), BA (Computer Science and Music) – York, MA (Interdisciplinary Studies) - York Associate Professor: New Media Fine Arts Cultural Studies Program, York University

Mark David Hosale

BA (UCSB), MM (U Illinois UC), PhD – (UCSB) Assistant Professor: Digital Media Faculty of Fine Arts, York University

Janine Marchessault

Professor, Department of Film, York University in Toronto, Canada Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Media and Globalization, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University


Caitlin Fisher, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Cinema and Media Arts
Rm 222 Centre for Film and Television
School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design
York University,
Toronto, Canada
M3J 1P3

Director, Immersive Storytelling Lab
@AMPD Cinespace Studio
Toronto, Ontario

416 736-2100 x22199
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