“The Making of “Age of Sail””

  • ©John Kahrs, Theresa Latzko, Cassidy J. Curtis, and Scot Stafford



Entry Number: 12


    The Making of “Age of Sail”



    “Age of Sail” tells the story of William Avery, an old sailor adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When Avery rescues Lara, who has mysteriously fallen overboard, he finds redemption and hope in his darkest hours. In this production talk we’ll go behind the scenes in the making of this multi-platform immersive animated short. Some of the unique challenges we’ll discuss: bringing a 2D illustrated style to life in the medium of 6DoF VR with new non-photorealistic rendering techniques; immersing the viewer in a storm-tossed ocean without making them seasick; adapting a single story to multiple mediums (desktop/mobile VR, 360° video, and 2D film); creating a better sounding and more responsive sound mix with multiple surround formats and a new spatialization model; and optimizing it all to run at 60fps on a mobile phone.


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