Pearl is a short film directed by Patrick Osborne, the Academy Award-winning director for best animated short film Feast in 2015 for Disney.

Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places. 

Pearl is Google’s 7th Spotlight Story and was produced as both a theatrical film and a 360° VR story for mobile and Cardboard, one of the first stories to be produced and experienced on multiple platforms.  

Our task: create a 360º interactive animated film with a strongly art-directed, highly stylized non-photorealistic look, with naturalistic character animation tightly synchronized to an original song, and a story that collapses decades into minutes through montage, and make it run in real time on a wide range of devices, from mobile phones to VR headgear. No problem!

Among the challenges the speakers will discuss the following:

  • Editing and montage in a 360º narrative (which we believe we’re among the first to do.)
  • Elastic time and ambisonic audio in music-driven interactive storytelling.
  • Achieving Pearl’s non-photorealistic look on mobile phone hardware.
  • How the art of Pearl pushed the technology of our Story Development Kit (SDK).
  • Adapting a single interactive narrative experience to a diverse range of hardware modalities, including handheld devices (both mono- and stereoscopic), non-interactive video (both rectangular and spherical), and full 6DOF VR.


David Eisenmann  |  Producer

Cassidy Curtis |  Technical Art Lead

Scot Stafford |  Sound & Music Supervisor

Rachid El Guerrab |  Technical Project Lead

When: Wednesday, June 1st. Door opens at 6:30pm – finishing at 9:30pm

Where: Zynga SFHQ Theatre (directions)

Online registration is required (here) – there will be no tickets at the door.

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