It is the most marvellous feeling to see stories come to life in the form of videos, and when you can interact with a story with your smartphone, it's even better. Google Spotlight Stories aim at giving users a 360 degree storytelling experience. Filmmakers are using mobile technology to enhance the storytelling experience, enabling users to have a 360 degree view of a scene from a story, along with enabling them to follow particular characters in the story. The "latest show" of Google's Spotlight Stories features a 4 minute long Christmas special story called 'Special Delivery'. Directed by Academy Award winning studio Aardman (Wallace and Gromit fans, take note), this tale of a humble caretaker disturbed by a mysterious rooftop stranger, will give you the ability to chase the stranger and the caretaker throughout the scene of the movie, using- up, down, left & right buttons on your YouTube screen. In the full interactive experience of Special Delivery, users will encounter 10 subplots, three potential ways to view the ending, and 60+ moments that can be followed to end the story in different ways.
“Special Delivery” is one of the many Google Spotlight Stories to come out of Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects group). The company says, "With Google Spotlight Stories, your phone becomes a window to a story happening all around you. The sensors on your phone allow the story to be interactive, so when you move your phone to various scenes, you unlock mini-stories within the story." You can also watch these stories using the Google Cardboard.
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