Google's first virtual reality doodle honors special effects pioneer Georges Melies

Nexus Studios produces tribute film to French filmmaker

By Alexandra Jardine. Published on May 03, 2018

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Google has created its first Virtual Reality Google Doodle today, honoring Georges Méliès, the French filmmaker, illusionist and special effects pioneer.

The doodle plays out as a short film, produced by Nexus Studios, that can be watched either on mobile, Cardboard or Daydream by downloading the Google Spotlight Stories app, or in 360 degrees on the Google Spotlight Stories YouTube channel. In a tribute to his film "A Trip to the Moon" the Doodle shows him setting up a camera in front of a black-and-white scene of the moon and a rocket ship.

The project is a collaboration between Doodle Google Spotlight Stories, Google Arts and Culture and Cinematheque Francais. Méliès pioneered numerous technical and narrative film techniques in the early days of cinema. In a Google blog post, Laurent Manonni, director of Heritage at Cinemathèque Française, says: "The magic of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg today could not have been possible without Méliès' development of techniques across theatrical machinery, pyrotechnics, optical effects, horizontal and vertical dropouts, camera stops, crossfades, overprints, conjuring, editing effects, and color effects on film."

Google is celebrating him now because of the re-release date of what is considered to be one of his greatest masterpieces: "À la conquête du pôle (The Conquest of the Pole, 1912)."

Alexandra Jardine

Alexandra Jardine

Alexandra has been writing about the world of advertising and marketing since 1999, and for Creativity Online since 2011. She lives in London.

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May 03, 2018
Production Company:
Nexus Studios
FX Goby
Hélène Leroux
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Karen Dufilho
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Jessica Yu
Mariano Melman Carrara
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The London Symphony Orchestra
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