FOREST (2019)


“The meditative effect of one’s own movements in connection with sound design and depictions of nature is overwhelming and lastingly impressive.” - Jury from VRHAM!, Best Virtual Reality Experience Award, June 2019

“...You begin to understand the world and in that moment everything changes, bringing me to the realization that when we think we have everything figured out, the rules will change. This experience separated the superego and ego and humbles the user to understand their place in a microcosm of the real world. Projects like these allowed viewers to hold a piece of the art, to be included with it and with the viewer in mind rather than the traditional outside looking in.” - Jungle, Jordan Mikhail, March 2019

“With this type of experience, virtual reality could therefore provide users with a sort of refuge, allowing them for a time to isolate themselves from the world in order to recharge their batteries.” - Lien Multimedia, Orian Morriet, November 2019

Created and Directed by

Kelsey Boncato & Daniel Oldham 

Concept, Storyboard, Design, & Animation

Kelsey Boncato

Music, Sound Design, Concept, & Technical Development

Daniel Oldham

Interactive Designer

Bryan Zhang

Producer & Director of the USC Immersive Media Lab

Candace Reckinger

Lab Technician 

Shaoyu Su

Featured Cellist 

Yoshika Masuda

Featured Vocalist

Madison Stoddard

Made possible through

Quill VR
Oculus Rift
University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts

Funded with a gift by the USC Immersive Media Lab

Original Music “FOREST” produced by


FOREST VR was produced in the USC Immersive Media Lab, SCA, Los Angeles CA.

Special thanks to Candace, Bryan, and the Tree Spirits.

© All works Kelsey Boncato 2021 ☻ kasama studio ☻