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Google VR Short Nominated for Oscar

Author: Amanda Hosking

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A short virtual reality film created by Google has gained an Oscar nomination. This prestigious nomination shows that Google is on top form when it comes to VR, which is becoming increasingly popular with audiences.

The film is an animated story called Pearl showing a dad and his daughter going on a car adventure. During the car trip, the story moves through the years and shares the experiences and problems between the pair.


Whilst viewers watch they can interact with the video by moving around the screen to see the images from different angles and viewpoints. They can do this by using arrows at the top of the screen or a hand icon which appears on the video.

Users can access 360-degree graphics meaning they can explore what is going on from every angle. The film can be viewed in 2D and 3D. If observed in 3D users can feel even more engaged as they are positioned inside the car with the dad and daughter. This provides a more personal, involved encounter.

The film is available on YouTube and HTC Vive and is just under 6 minutes long. It is genuinely appealing and worth a watch. We wish Google good luck at the Oscars!