Georges Mlis, French filmmaker and illusionist, the Google honoree of this Thursday (3) with the first interactive Doodle in virtual reality. The date was chosen because it marks the 116th anniversary of the film considered his masterpiece, "A Conquista do Plo" ( the conquest du ple, 1912).
The impressive celebration of George Mlis as a result of a partnership between the teams of Google Spotlight Stories, Google Arts & Culture and Cinmathque Franaise. Mlis was introduced to the world of cinema by the Lumire Brothers, the doodle animation allows the viewer to explore the scenery created by his films with the Google Cardboard VR glasses.
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Tribute to Georges Mlis first Doodle into reality Photo: Divulgao / Google
For the first time, a date celebrated by Google with a 360 degree video that can be accessed in virtual reality. To check the news, just click on the image that replaces the traditional search giant logo. Then the video Back to the Moon starts, an interactive animation of just over two minutes. On smartphones, the movie is likely to open in the YouTube app.
At the end of the video, the doodle allows you to research more about Mlis and share on social networks Photo: Reproduo / Beatriz Cardoso
In the film, an illustration version of Mlis performs a series of tricks seen in his films, such as the multiplication of a person, the man with the head separated from the body and the individual who turns into smoke. In the case of gyroscopic devices, the design scenario can be explored in 360 degrees when moving the device. For example, by moving it to the right, you can see what happens on the right side of the scene, and by raising it above your head, you can see the starry sky.
On computers, interaction takes place by dragging the cursor across the player, giving the same details. The experience, however, becomes even more rich and immersive if done with virtual reality glasses, for which it was developed.
Mlis' tricks were reproduced in the Doodle animation Photo: Divulgao / Google
Special Effects Father
Born on December 8, 1861, in Paris, France, Georges Mlis had his first contact with cinema in 1895, when he was invited by the Lumire Brothers for the first cinematographic presentation. At the time, he was already the owner of the Robert-Houdin Theater, where he acted as an actor, director, producer, writer, penguin and costume designer, in addition to inventing many of the magic tricks. Impressed by the cinematograph, he made an offer for the device, which was rejected by the brothers, because they believed that it should be used for scientific and non-artistic purposes.
He managed, the following year, to buy a similar film projector, called Animatgrafo, created by the English scientist Robert W. Paul. First, the device was used in the theater to insert projections as part of the shows. Later, Mlis studied the design on the device and managed to adapt it so that it also allowed to film. Between 1896 and 1913, he directed more than 500 films, lasting between one and 40 minutes, and took advantage of his experience as an illusionist to apply it to the seventh art.
The universe he created was a mixture of phantasmagoria, vapors, flames and illusions. In 1902, he launched Viagem lua, a film considered his masterpiece and inspired by the work of Julio Verne Da Terra lua. The production entered the history of cinema as a milestone in the evolution of narrative continuity, in a sequence in which a cannon that carries astronomers to the moon lands in the "eye" of the star.
Among the other achievements of Mlis in cinema is the development of techniques that served as a basis for the special effects we have today. Among them are editing and color effects in the film, subtle transition techniques between different scenes (crossfade), optical effects, pyrotechnics and many more.
Exhibition on Georges Mlis
Virtual exhibition about Georges Mlis at Google Arts and Culture Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
In addition to interactive Doodle, Google also launched a virtual exhibition about the French filmmaker at Google Arts & Culture, created in collaboration with Cinmathque Franaise. In the show, it is possible to learn more about the life and work of Georges Mlis.
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