Set on the open ocean in 1900, Age of Sail is the story of William Avery (voiced by Ian McShane), an old sailor adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When Avery reluctantly rescues Lara, who has mysteriously fallen overboard, he finds redemption and hope in his darkest hours.
The film, directed by John Kahrs (who won an Oscar for Disney’s 2012 romantic animated short Paperman), started as a virtual reality project for Google Spotlight Stories. Following the creation of the VR narrative, the creative team made a flat 2D version of the story for Oscar consideration.
The story was inspired by John Kahr’s childhood memories of going sailing with his father. “The open ocean is something that traditional cinema doesn’t really convey quite right,” he says. “I wanted to capture that [with virtual reality].”
Age of Sails won the 2019 EMMY® award for Production Design, Character Design & Color and it is shortlisted as the 91st Oscars Best Animated Short.
For the 360/VR version:
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