In a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Google Doodles, Google Spotlight Stories, Google Arts and Culture, Cinématèque Française
and Nexus Studios, ‘Back to the Moon’ launched as the first ever virtual reality (VR) / 360 interactive Google Doodle.
Produced by Nexus Studios and co-directed by Nexus Studios’ Fx Goby and Doodles’ Hélène Leroux, ‘Back to the Moon’ celebrates pioneering illusionist and filmmaker Georges Méliès, transporting the viewer inside his magical world via some of his best known films, styles, techniques and characters.
Enjoy the full VR experience on mobile, Cardboard or Daydream by downloading the Google Spotlight stories app now on Google Play or in the App Store.
12 days of field recording summed up in this video about Kenya and its amazing landscapes and smiling people.
Thank's to everyone involved in this project :
Dion Gawson - 2nd Camera Operator
IDDEF - Organisation
Nairobi Crew (Ramadhan, Salim, Nuño Gomes, Jafar, Mohammad)
Malindi Crew (Saeed, Saidi, Cheikh Faisoual)
All the Kenyans appearing in the video
Here is a video I have been teasing for a while now. Today, I am finally able to share it with you as it has been officially released to the wild.
Nexus 7: Grandma is a video banner -- a one minute visit to the wonderful world of grandparents, as seen through the eyes of a child. Following the tabletop aesthetic of Nexus 7 campaign, it abstracts the story into a series of carefully curated still life compositions. But I would not be myself if I stopped there...
Utilizing Bot&Dolly's IRIS motion control system we were able to not only guide the camera through the set over and over with sub-millimetric precision, but also to modify the move and iterate in the matter of just minutes -- simply by modifying the keyframes in Maya and re-loading the move to the robotic arm. Such freedom to experiment, allowed me to think about the set design in a non-standard way and to build the set in full three dimensions, utilizing both the tabletops as well as the walls.
Early on we decided that we want to use really cool camera motion, but don't want it to overcome the story. It is, instead, a reward for paying a close attention -- the first impossible move happens much sooner than the easy-to spot flip from top to the side.
The entire spot has been shot practically in 3K, in two takes joined by a basic cross-fade. The only CG elements are the screen content, 3D text and color treatment.
...and the removal of cracks on the pie that happened after too much time underneath hot lights.
...and turning one of the tablets to correct orientation, because we placed it upside-down on the set.
But that's it. Promise.
Produced at: Autofuss
Executive Creative Director: Randal Stowell
Director, Creative Director: Quba Michalski
Producers: Alex Lee, Derrick Martin, Mike Ramirez
Director of Photography: Joe Picard
Art Director: Yalda Zakeri
Copywriter: Jamie Shaw
Lighting & Grip: Tej Viardi
Set Design: Andy Vogt
Production Designer: Doug Freeman
Prop Stylist: Hiroshi Yoshida
Production Assistants: Gregory Schram, Patrick Walsh, Dakota Wilder
Technical Director, Matchmoving, VFX, Editing, Color: Quba Michalski
Additional Compositing: Ben Hawkins
Previsualization: Chris McCard
Music composed by: Herald Boyesen
Flash Developer: KC Austin
Behind the scenes by: Aron Pruiett