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An Academy Award Nominated VR Film By Google: ‘Pearl’

One of the Google’s Spotlight Stories, ‘Pearl’, is nominated for the Best Animated Short Film at the Academy Awards this year.

Officially released in May 2016, Google introduced Spotlight Stories, the project of storytelling for VR. They make impressive 360° animated short films and Pearl is one of them. The company officially debuted Pearl at the Tribeca Film Festival last April, and now it is nominated for Oscars.

The animated film is about a musician and his daughter. The main scene is their car and the dad is crisscrossing the country to chase his dreams. After that, the girl is tracing her dad while she’s growing up and builds her own life. The story is well elaborated in depth and is about the gifts we hand down and the power to carry love.

Let’s watch the 360° story here:

Competing alongside the movies, Borrowed Time, Blind Vaysha, Pear Cider and Cigarettes and Piper, the nomination of Pearl is Hollywood’s most coveted award because the film is the first VR headset-compatible film ever tapped for the honor.

Patrick Osborne, the Director of the film, said in a statement,

I continue to feel proud of the world wide team of artists and coders that made Pearl a reality. Thanks especially to the pirates of Google ATAP for rallying behind our little labor of love and thanks to the Academy for this morning’s recognition!

and David Eisenmann, the film’s Producer says,

Pearl is dedicated to all parents and those that create beauty and possibility out of everyday life. Thanks to the Academy and the heart and spirit behind Google Spotlight Stories and our global crew that made it possible.

This sentimental “father’s daughter” short film is leading its way to be one of the most successful digital storytelling examples, and will take its place in history in the future!

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