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TechnologyGoogle is shutting down Spotlight Stories, its immersive film studio

15:36  14 march  2019
15:36  14 march  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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Google Shuts Down Its Spotlight Stories VR Film Studio . Google is shutting down its Spotlight Stories immersive entertainment unit, according to an email sent out by Spotlight Stories executive producer Karen Dufilho Wednesday evening.

Google is shutting down its Emmy Award-winning VR film division, Spotlight Stories , after six years of building out content, Variety reports. “ Google Spotlight Stories means storytelling for VR. We are artists and technologists making immersive stories for mobile 360, mobile VR and room-scale VR

Google is shutting down Spotlight Stories, its immersive film studio

Google has announced that it’s shutting down Spotlight Stories, its in-house film studio focused on producing 360-degree videos for phones. “Google Spotlight Stories is shutting its doors after over six years of making stories and putting them on phones, on screens, in VR, and anywhere else we could get away with it,” reads a statement given to Variety by Google.

It’s been a busy six years for the studio, which has released 13 films over its relatively short life. These have included tie ins with The Simpsons and the Wes Anderson film Isle of Dogs, as well as original films such as Help (from Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin), Aardman Animation’s Special Delivery, and Pearl — which was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 2017 Academy Awards.

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The award-winning studio behind animated VR films like "Henry" and "Dear Angelica" is closing down . And earlier this year, Oculus Story Studio premiered its most ambitious project with “Dear Angelica,” a VR film that You are commenting using your Google account. Tribeca Immersive , the virtual and augmented reality storytelling section of the Tribeca Film Festival, will feature the

Google Spotlight Stories plays 360-degree videos where you can control the framing of the Several months ago everyone was talking about immersive video for mobile devices. In this new Spotlight Stories application Google has brought together several short films that use this technology, and to

Google declined to say why it’s shuttering the studio, but in a statement given to The Verge said it was proud of the work done by the team over the studio’s lifetime.

“Since its inception, Spotlight Stories strove to re-imagine VR storytelling. From ambitious shorts like Son of Jaguar, Sonaria and Back to The Moon to critical acclaim for Pearl (Emmy winner and first-ever VR film nominated for an Oscar) the Spotlight Stories team left a lasting impact on immersive storytelling. We are proud of the work the team has done over the years.”

Variety reports that the studio’s permanent employees are expected to be offered other roles within Google.

Spotlight Stories originally began as a team within Motorola producing 360-videos exclusive to the manufacturer’s Android phones, but became part of Google after the company’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola in 2011. In 2015, the studio’s films became more widely available after its app came to non-Motorola Android devices, iOS, and YouTube’s 360-degree film platform.

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