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Google celebrates the work of French illusionist and director Georges Méliès with an interactive 360 degree VR doodle

Méliès is known for bringing magic to filmmaking through dozens of tricks and illusions.

  • Published: May 3, 2018 9:13 AM IST
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On May 3, Google is celebrating the life and artistry of French illusionist and film director Georges Méliès with a special doodle. What is so special about today’s doodle? Well, in its first-ever, Google has created a 360-degree interactive Virtual Reality (VR) doodle.

Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès, widely known as Georges Méliès, was a French illusionist and film director who was born on December 8, 1861. He was one of those who led several narratives and technical developments in the earliest days of cinema. His pioneering mind is one of the reasons that paved way for special effects we see in today’s movies. And Georges Méliès is still remembered for his cinematographic wonder.

With dozens of tricks and illusions, Méliès brought magic to filmmaking, and there is no better way than paying a tribute to him with an innovative and immersive Google doodle. Produced by Nexus Studios, today’s 360 degrees VR doodle is a result of collaboration of Google Arts and Culture, Google Spotlight Stories, and Cinémathèque Française teams.

Watch: Google’s First 360 degree VR doodle

His films include ‘A Trip to the Moon’ that released in 1902, and ‘The Impossible Voyage’ that was released in the year 1904. Both these movies involved strange, surreal journeys, and the film ‘A Trip to the Moon’ actually took the world by storm.

By clicking on the doodle, a 360-degree video titled ‘Back To The Moon’ will play. And you can enjoy it even without wearing a headset on Google Spotlight Stories YouTube Channel. The doodle will remain on Google’s homepage for 48 hours.

  • Published Date: May 3, 2018 9:13 AM IST