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Google Spotlight Stories Takes on SIGGRAPH 2017

See work-in-progress screenings and go behind of the scenes of Google Spotlight Stories’ forthcoming VR shorts, ‘Son of Jaguar,’ from director Jorge Gutierrez, and ‘Sonaria,’ directed by Scot Stafford and Chromosphere.

The award-winning Google Spotlight Stories team -- artists and technologists making immersive stories for mobile 360, mobile VR, and room-scale VR headsets -- will be previewing two new Google Spotlight Stories at this year’s SIGGRAPH Conference, running July 31 through August 3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Get a sneak peek at the making of Son of Jaguar, from The Book of Life director Jorge Gutierrez, and Sonaria, directed by Scot Stafford and Chromosphere.


Here’s where you can see and hear about Google Spotlight Stories at SIGGRAPH 2017:


Work-in-progress versions of Son of Jaguar and Sonaria will screen in the VR Theater located in the lobby of Hall J:

  • Sunday, July 20 – 2:00-5:00pm (Full Conference Platinum only)
  • Monday, July 31 – 10:30am-5:30pm
  • Tuesday, August 1 – 10:30am-5:30pm
  • Wednesday, August 2 – 10:30am-5:30pm
  • Thursday, August 3 – 10:30am-3:30pm


Behind the Headset: The Making of Google Spotlight Stories’ Son of Jaguar, Sonaria, and Oculus Story Studios’ Dear Angelica

Location: South Hall K

Three unique VR production teams come together in this high-energy session to discuss their innovative approaches to immersive visuals, audio, and user experience, many of which are being presented publicly for the first time. For “Son of Jaguar,” “Sonaria,” and “Dear Angelica,” brand new tools and production pipelines were created to bring these intricate and immersive stories to life. Google Spotlight Stories, Oculus, and Reel FX will present the techniques and storytelling strategies that have earned them reputations as leaders in the realm of virtual reality and interactive mediums.

Son of Jaguar: In the most important match of his life, the once mighty masked luchador, Son of Jaguar, faces his legacy, his family, and what it means to be a part of something bigger than himself.

Sonaria: Follow two ever-changing creatures as they flow from one life form to another in an immersive tale of sound and light. The visual language in Sonaria is simple and abstract, designed to suggest, while the sonic language is layered and detailed, designed to answer.

Dear Angelica: Discover a journey through the magical and dreamlike ways we remember our loved ones. Entirely painted by hand inside of VR using Oculus’ proprietary tool Quill, Dear Angelica plays out in a series of memories that unfold around you.

Presenters are Scot Stafford (director, Sonaria), Kevin Dart (director, Sonaria), Theresa Latzko (Technical Art Lead, Chromosphere), Cassidy Curtis (Technical Art Lead, Google Spotlight Stories), Jorge Gutierrez (director, Son of Jaguar), Max Planck (Dear Angelica), and Chris Horne (Dear Angelica).

Location: Theater 411

The Computer Animation Festival Director hosts Q&A sessions with a small group of contributing directors who share insider information about themselves, their films and their processes. Ian Failes (VFXblog/Cartoon Brew) will moderate the VR Theater Director Q&A, which will feature:

  • Jorge Gutierrez, Son of Jaguar
  • Eugene Chung, Arden’s Wake
  • Eric Darnell, Rainbow Crow
  • Tyler Hurd, Chocolate

Location: Concourse Foyer - Level 1

Son of Jaguar director Jorge Gutierrez will be greeting conference attendees in the Production Gallery area during this time.

Source: Google Spotlight Stories

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.