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Google Spotlight Stories Teases ‘On Ice’ Virtual Reality Short

In December, Google Spotlight Stories released “Special Delivery,” an original short film made by Academy Award-winning animation studio Aardman Animations (think Wallace and Gromit), viewable on YouTube for Android.

Now Google Spotlight Stories is teasing us with a trailer for their latest virtual reality animated short, “On Ice.”

The film is among the nominees for best animated short at tonight’s 43rd Annie Awards, and is the first-ever virtual reality short to be submitted to the Annies by mobile phone.

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“On Ice,” is in the final phases of production at Evil Eye Pictures in San Francisco and is described as a “spectacular, interactive, 360 ice skating extravaganza.”

With a “coming soon” release date, “One Ice,” directed by Shannon Tindle, was released briefly for awards consideration. We can’t wait to check it out on iOS and especially Android for the full interactive experience.

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Lasers, lightsabers and robots oh my!

Google Spotlight Stories is a series of projects run by Google’s Advanced Technology And Project (ATAP) group, showcasing interactive YouTube video that is compatible with Android phones, with a non-interactive 360-degree video versions accessible for iOS and web users.

Spotlight Stories is a new type of storytelling made exclusively for mobile and VR. Yes they are 360-degree videos, but on an Android phone there are interactive elements and “choose your own adventure” like story-telling elements. The sensors on the your phone allow to stories to become interactive and its an amazing way to unlock the full potential of mobile VR videos.

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Jonathan Nafarrete

Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of VRScout.

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