Variety Magazine caught up with Nexus Studios’ director Fx Goby and Google Doodle’s Hélène Leroux about their film ‘Back to the Moon,’ which launched as the first ever VR / 360 interactive Google Doodle.
“He is one of our heroes,” said co-director Fx Goby of Nexus Studios about Méliès. The French filmmaker, who produced his most famous films at the turn of the 20th century, is known as a pioneer of visual effects. He built his own sets and starred in most of his own films. Méliès would film himself multiple times over the same film strip to create the illusion of a seven-member band of identical musicians, make items mysteriously disappear and confuse the audience by switching characters mid-scene — all of which can be seen in the doodle.
In many ways, it’s fitting that a tribute to him would be produced for an emerging medium like 360-degree video, where filmmakers once again have to come up with a lot of tricks to direct their audience’s attention. “We had to invent a lot of things,” said Goby. “VR is a new medium.”
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