R.I.P. Google Highlight Tales – 2013-2019



Google Highlight Tales, the award-winning experimental immersive storytelling studio behind the Academy Award-nominated quick movie Pearl and final 12 months’s Oscar-shortlisted Age of Sail, is not any extra, in keeping with an electronic mail despatched out by GSS government producer Karen Dufilho on Wednesday.

“Google Highlight Tales is shutting its doorways after over six years of creating tales and placing them on telephones, on screens, in VR, and wherever else we may get away with it,” she wrote in an electronic mail despatched to the studio’s supporters.

Google confirmed the information, offering a press release from an organization spokesperson: “Since its inception, Highlight Tales strove to re-imagine VR storytelling. From formidable shorts like Son of Jaguar, Sonaria and Again to The Moon to vital popularity of Pearl (Emmy winner and first-ever VR movie nominated for an Oscar) the Highlight Tales group left a long-lasting affect on immersive storytelling. We’re happy with the work the group has completed through the years.”

Google Highlight Tales obtained its begin in 2013 as a part of Motorola, the place the group was fashioned to discover the way forward for storytelling for cellular gadgets. Early tasks included director Mark Oftedal’s 360-degree interactive quick Buggy Evening, and GSS inventive director Jan Pinkava’s Windy Day. After Motorola was bought to Lenovo, the group transitioned to develop into a part of Google’s Superior Applied sciences and Merchandise (ATAP) group, happening to supply 360-degree movies and VR experiences with high animation abilities akin to acclaimed animator Glen Keane, The E book of Life director Jorge Gutierrez, Patrick Osborne, the Oscar-winning director of Disney’s Feast, and John Kahrs, the Academy Award-winning director of Paperman, in addition to acclaimed inventive studios like Aardman Animations, Nexus Studios and Chromosphere.

Pushing the boundaries of immersive expertise, every undertaking at Google Highlight Tales tried to unravel particular inventive issues in VR, with generally astonishing and actually groundbreaking outcomes akin to with the ambisonic soundscape created for Pearl, the interactivity of Piggy, and, most not too long ago, Age of Sail, which takes viewers onto the tough and uneven excessive seas of the North Atlantic with nary a contact of movement illness.

Whether or not this newest transfer by Google signifies that digital actuality has reached its peak, or that the trade has matured sufficient that experimental initiatives akin to this one are moot, solely time will inform. However the breadth and depth of technological innovation paired with inventive artistry that Google Highlight Tales has assembled throughout its six-year run shall be absolutely missed. For now, lots of the GSS tasks can be found to observe on the Google Highlight Tales YouTube channel, the place we are able to go to them repeatedly and dream about what the longer term may maintain.

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