Do you remember the ‘Choose your own adventure’ stories from your childhood? Well, things have come a long way since then, and this year Horizon Festival has teamed up with illustrator and animator Helena Papageorgiou to create a magical, augmented reality adventure for children – A Forest In My Pocket.
With a little help from parents, your child will wake to a beautiful surprise under their pillow – a message from Morio who has been looking for someone special to help him make a home. “Someone who has a skip in their step, sunshine in their smile and magic in their dreams!”
Using a smart phone or tablet and the EyeJack app, Morio will guide your child on a trail of discovery to find magic throughout your home, gathering everyday items to help them create a little home for Morio in the backyard.
A Forest In My Pocket uses print-at-home images (or you can find the first print as an insert in this magazine) that come to life via augmented reality using the EyeJack app. You simply print the series of three images, place them around the house and use the app to guide your child through this magical adventure.
You can also record the animation through the app and save it on your device.
How to join A Forest In My Pocket:
- Print the three black & white images in A4. Find artwork here.
- Download the EyeJack app onto your phone or tablet (a tablet is preferable).
- The night before, hide the first image under your child’s pillow or somewhere they’ll find it in the morning.
- Hide the second image in the kitchen.
- Hide the third image in a spot outside where you think your child would like to build Morio’s home.
- When they wake up, help them open EyeJack, tap on A Forest in my Pocket | Horizon Festival 2020 and tap LAUNCH AR.
- Aim your device at the image and the animation will begin to play. Let the magic unfold!
Supplies you’ll need:
- BlueTak or plasticine
- Recycled cardboard
- Plastic containers
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Helena Papageorgiou : The adventure was created by Helena Papageorgiou, a video producer, animator, projection artist and illustrator. From concept to screen, Helena tells stories through movement, image and illustration.
Mischa Long : The voice of Morio is narrated by Mischa Long, an artist, designer, performer and teacher who has spent more than 20 years working with Polyglot Theatre, a globally renowned company that creates, produces and tours theatre for children.