Markets

Watch a Behind-the-Scenes Video for Google’s ‘Age of Sail’ Spotlight Story (EXCLUSIVE)

Google's latest Spotlight Story "Age of Sail" has been shortlisted for an Academy Award for Animated Shorts, and has been nominated for 4 Annie Awards. Now, the company is

sharing a behind-the-scenes featurette to show us how the piece came together.

In the newly-released video, director John Kahrs talks about his real-life love for sailboats, which inspired the setting for "Age of Sail," and the challenges to avoid VR nausea when you put the viewer onto a sailboat that's being thrown around by rough waves.

The video also features the two voice actors, Ian McShane and Cathy Ang, as well as interviews with production designers, CG artists, as well as the film's creative director Kevin Dart. There is even some behind-the-scenes footage from the recording of the soundtrack at the famed Skywalker Ranch.

"Age of Sail" world premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September, and was widely released November on YouTube 360, Google Play and iTunes as well as Steam and Viveport. The film was produced by David Eisenmann and Gennie Rim, and executive produced by Karen Dufilho and Jan Pinkava.

Eisenmann told Variety earlier this year that he had been looking for a rough look for the pieces that resembled the forces of the ocean. This required stepping away from the idea photo-realism, he said. "Reality isn't really what you want." Instead, the team settled on a bit rougher, grainier aesthetic that Kahrs described as a moving painting. "It's kind of a broken-edge quality," he said.

Related stories

'Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs' Brings Mega-Franchise to Virtual Reality

One Direction's Liam Payne Plays Free Concert in VR This Wednesday (EXCLUSIVE)

How Wevr & Dreamscape Immersive Reinvented 'The Blu' for Location-Based VR

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.


The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

Other Topics

Technology

Latest Markets Videos

    Variety

    Variety is the most authoritative and trusted source of entertainment business news, reaching an audience of affluent influencers. For 113 years, influential producers, executives and talent in entertainment have turned to Variety for expert film, TV, digital, music, and theater business analysis and insights.

    Learn More