Google has created its first Virtual Reality Google Doodle today, honoring Georges MÃ©liÃ¨s, 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. MÃ©liÃ¨s pioneered numerous technical and narrative film techniques in the early days of cinema. In a Google blog post, Laurent Manonni, director of Heritage at CinemathÃ¨que FranÃ§aise, says: "The magic of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg today could not have been possible without MÃ©liÃ¨s' 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: "Ã€ la conquÃªte du pÃ´le (The Conquest of the Pole, 1912)."