From Black and White to Virtual Reality

I remember it like it was yesterday. Standing in line at the college bookstore with a copy of The Woman and the Miser, which was on my compulsory reading list, it never occurred to me that this story would become part of my DNA.

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The creators of the Pays d’en haut 360 degree experience Photo : Sarah-Maude Ravenelle.

I was immediately fascinated by the story, which takes place during the settlement of the Laurentians in Quebec, and intrigued by the lives of my ancestors. Totally captivated by the hateful Séraphin Poudrier, I soon found myself watching repeats of Les Belles histoires des pays d’en haut, a TV series renowned for having left a strong impression on Quebecers’ imaginary landscape.

Seated comfortably in my armchair to take in the original series, I didn’t know at the time that I would be seeing Claude-Henri Grignon’s characters on the small screen again some twenty years later and that, even more amazingly, I would be able to immerse myself totally in their world thanks to virtual reality.

Historical drama meets high tech

Since January, Radio-Canada has been offering original scenes from the series Les pays d’en haut for viewing in 360 on the web and in virtual reality on mobile devices—the first time ever for a TV series (French website)!

I urge you to plunge into the heart of the village of Ste. Adèle in the 1880s and experience the world of Les pays d’en haut with all your senses. It’s absolutely amazing—just like being there!

– Nathalie Vanasse, Communications Officer, Enterprise Communications

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