The first virtual reality from Google Doodle honors French Director of the illusionist

Google just added another dimension to their daily Doodle.

In its first 360 degree virtual reality of Google Doodle in homage to the Format difference, the “father of special effects,” a French illusionist and filmmaker Georges Méliès. Méliès, who died in 1938 lived for a long time the concept of BP, which is already gaining momentum in the last couple of years with companies such as Google and rival Facebook invests heavily in equipment and content. (Earlier this week, Facebook released the Oculus to go, headset that, unlike the point of view of Google, does not require a smartphone to use.)

Created with Google’s attention to the history of the team and Nexus Studio, two-minute hand-drawn based on the Melies films, including À La conquest du Paul (the Conquest of the pole) and Le Voyage dans La lune (a trip to the moon). It immerses the viewer in a circus like setting, filled with animated characters shown in the image far-sighted Director. Soon the room under the water, until it turns into a complex space. Along the way the characters repeat the famous stunt méliès in the illustrated form.


While the experience may not look like much, if you just scroll in all directions on the desktop, wearing a headset, allows for the full effect.

“Magic of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg today would be impossible without Méliès’ development of techniques for theatrical machinery, pyrotechnics and optical effects to horizontal and vertical dropouts, the camera stops, crossfades, overlaps, cast, edit, effects and color effects on film,” Laurent Manonni, Director of the heritage Cinematheque, wrote on Google blog about the Doodle.

The Google Cultural Institute

Google’s tribute to the visionary Director—special effects occurred during the evolution of the film—after less than a week after the end of the 2018 Tribeca film festival, which featured about two dozen immersive experiences, starting with 360-degree documentary films in room-data BP. Although this is not the first time BP at the festival, some say that this year’s curation was the most impressive.

In the course of conversation last week at the film festival, virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier has suggested that this year can be looked at in a way akin to the early Impressionists. He said that movie and BP are often compared with each other, but suggested that they are “more different than is usually understood”.

“It took a long time to figure out that it was,” he said. “I remember it was pretty weird before. The photo was pretty weird before.”

Strange or not, milieu “proved prescient of what was to come,” said Mannon in the blog. His films predicted man landing on the moon, the tunnel under the English channel well, and even modern TV. As méliès often aimed to help the audience to feel that they were in a dream, the most innovative virtual reality, the creators often do the same thing.

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