The tech giant is going shut down Spotlight Stories, it is an in-house film studio that focuses on producing 360-degree videos for phones. The company has decided to end Google Spotlight Stories almost after six years. It helps users in making stories and putting them on phones, on screens, in VR, or anywhere else.
Google to Shut Down Spotlight Stories
In these six years the studio has released 13 films over its relatively short life, that include tie ins with The Simpsons and the Wes Anderson film Isle of Dogs, along with original films such as Help (from Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin), Aardman Animation’s Special Delivery, and Pearl — that was also nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 2017 Academy Awards.
However, the reason is unknown why Google wants to shut down the spotlight stories and the company also didn’t utter a word about it.
The company said in a statement:
“Since its inception, Spotlight Stories strove to re-imagine VR storytelling. From ambitious shorts like Son of Jaguar, Sonaria and Back to The Moon to critical acclaim for Pearl (Emmy winner and first-ever VR film nominated for an Oscar) the Spotlight Stories team left a lasting impact on immersive storytelling. We are proud of the work the team has done over the years.”
The Spotlight Stories team was part of the company’s Advanced Technologies and Products (ATAP) group.