“This trip to the past is a glimpse at the future” - TIME. Enter the shadows of a post-war North American city through this film noir inspired, historically based immersive art app. Requires iPhone 4S/iPad 2 and above.
The first Real-time 3D art app to tell a story inspired by real events. An immersive experience created by internationally renowned artist Stan Douglas and the award-winning NFB Digital Studio. Through photorealistic 3D illustrations rendered from Douglas’ extensive historical research, Circa 1948 takes users to the late 1940s, Vancouver, BC, a young city in the midst of urban planning, but divided along lines of race and income. Eavesdrop on long lost conversations in two carefully recreated locations: an Old Hotel in Vancouver’s affluent west side, then squatted by homeless war veterans, or the muddy streets of ethnically diverse Hogan’s Alley in the working class east side, populated by racial minorities, gamblers, prostitutes and corrupt police officers. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
- Extensive historical detail
- Period music and audio
- 44 film noir influenced conversations
- Historically accurate props, architecture and landscapes
- Open-source real-time 3D engine
- Touch and gyroscope-driven navigation modes
- iPhone 4S, 5, 5C and 5S
- iPad 2, 3rd and 4th generation iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini and 2nd generation iPad Mini.
- iOS 8 Support
- fixed rendering bugs on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+
Ratings and Reviews
It seems that this will not run on an iMac. Pity if that is so. I have the latest retina display and would love to explore the app on it.
INCREDIBLE APP!!! When it works!
I’ve had this app for a few years now, and on my iPAD Air2 using iOS 10+ (Not 11+) it worked pretty good with minimal interruptions. Though it’d occasionally crash either after selecting either of the two story lines, OR just as you’re puttering about, it can DIE! This app has SO MUCH potential, and it’s extremely accurate as far as building layouts are concerned, especially the old, second Hotel Vancouver that the hotel story is based upon.
It does a great service to the old (second) Hotel Vancouver (the first one burned down in the late teens or early 1920s, which was built on the very corner of Granville Street and West Georgia Streets, across from Birks Jewlers (now Scotia Tower) and NOT the current hotel, two blocks away on West Georgia and Burrard streets), which was originally a CN hotel that was unfinished because of bankruptcy, at the same time they tore down the original one).
It was such a SUPER COOL building unlike anything before it, replete with gigantic 6’ moose heads adorning the perimeter, just under the roofline, which have all been lost to the wrecking ball. So bizarre and utterly fantastic a hotel in it’s design, there has NEVER been anything like it, or even close since. Even interior shots are exceeding rare to find, and the artist has got all the details just right, NOT an easy thing to do with limited archival documents or pictures left today. The only thing I’d like to see, (aside from a much needed iOS 11+ update BADLY needed), is more levels/floors to explore, like the rooftop balconies and rooftop gardens. Not to mention other details unique to the structure as well.
I know I’m going to be contacting the NFB to see exactly what their plans are with respect to this incredible app. I never got tired of touring about these two interesting story lines through the app. The personal stories are taken from actual personal accounts from the past, as well as personal letters from real individuals who actually stayed there.
One last thing: FIX THIS THING A.S.A.P. !
(I’ll be waiting with baited breath . . . .)
super cool app but it crashes so often :(
- National Film Board / Office national du film
- 2 GB
- Photo & Video
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Simulated Gambling
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- © 2014-2015 National Film Board of Canada
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.