After debuting at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival over the summer, Google Spotlight Stories’ Age of Sail came to the Venice International Film Festival in September. Today, the immersive experience has made its consumer debut via YouTube and the Spotlight Stories app.
Inspired by the paintings and style of Bernie Fuchs, Age of Sail is Google Spotlight Stories most visually complex and longest project to date.
Set on the open ocean in 1900, Age of Sail is the story of William Avery (played by Ian McShane), an old sailor adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When Avery reluctantly rescues a teen (played by Cathy Ang) who has mysteriously fallen overboard, Avery finds redemption and hope in his darkest hours. The film will offer a completely immersive experience with a full 360-degree field of view along with having a running time of around 12 minutes in length.
“I wanted this piece to operate in a less stylized universe because the audience should believe the world is real, to feel the peril and the exhilaration of being in a storm, to be vulnerable,” said Director John Kahrs in a statement.
To watch Age of Sail find it on YouTube or via the Google Spotlight Stories app which can be downloaded for Android and iOS devices. When it comes to YouTube, the YouTube VR app is now available for Oculus Go, as well as supporting PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR.
Google Spotlight Stories has created several experiences over the years, with recent additions including Piggy, Back to the Moon, Isle of Dog: Behind the Scenes, Son of Jaguar and several more, all available through the app. As further content is added, VRFocus will keep you updated with the latest experiences.