Age of Sail

The world of immersive storytelling is constantly moving forward, bit by bit. The technology and the medium are evolving hand-in-hand and with each new release, the quality of not only the image but the storytelling and medium as a whole, continue to improve.

The latest installment from the Google Spotlight Story series, Age of Sail, is a beautiful short directed by John Kahrs with creative direction for none other than Kevin Dart. With how things have been going with this series, including Pearl and others, I’m very excited to see where it goes next!

You can view the 360°mobile version via Google Play and iTunes and the VR versions on Steam and Viveport.


Directed by

John Kahrs



David Eisenmann

Gennie Rim


Executive Producers

Karen Dufilho

Jan Pinkava


Music by

Scot Stafford



Ian McShane William Avery

Cathy Ang Lara Conrad


Story by John Kahrs



John Kahrs

Jonathan Igla

Blaise Hemingway


Creative Director

Kevin Dart


Production Designer

Céline Desrumaux



Jeremy Ambers


Animation Lead

Neth Nom


Computer Graphics Lead

Cassidy Curtis


Technical Art Lead

Theresa Latzko


Google Spotlight Stories


Technical Project Lead

Daniel Jeppsson


Associate Producer

Sara Diamond


Program Manager

Swapneel Kshetramade


Lead Tools Engineer

Morgwn McCarty


Engine Lead

James Beattie


Senior Tools Engineer

Josiah Larson


Tech Art Lead

Matthew Oursbourn


VR & Rendering Engineer

“Pouchon” Jean Venerin


Interaction Designer

Kye Wan Sung


Software Engineers

Darren Austin

Monika Erande

Andrea Hemphill

Guruji Panda

John Schuchard


Tools Engineer

Chris Fontas


Audio Software Engineer            

Wayne Jackson


QA Test Engineer

Ravikumar Aluru


QA Engineer

Madina Siebenthal


Production Coordinator

Zaria Gunn


Broad Reach Pictures


Casting Director

Jen Rudin, CSA


Production Supervisor

Sara K. Sampson


Production Coordinator

Carol Choi


Production Assistant

Wancy Cho


Special Thanks

Ken Kleinberg

Alex Plitt


Chromosphere LA


Director of Production

Myles Shioda


Art Director

Jasmin Lai


Character Designer

Bruno Mangyoku



Koki Nozawa



Lauren Adassovsky

Kevin Nguyen

Lucas Fraga Pacheco

Sikand Srinivas

Mette Tange

John Turello


CG Artist

Michelle Kwon

Lucy Xue


FX Animator

Fernando Penafiel


Lead Compositor

Stéphane Coëdel



Jess Iglehart

John Taylor

Rob Ward


Production Coordinator

Bryan Wolfson


Additional Help

Thibault Leclercq

Jonathan Djob Nkondo

Theotime Vaillant


Music and Sound Production

Pollen Music Group


Sound Supervision

Scot Stafford


Sound Design

Jamey Scott


Re-recording Mixer

David Parker

Jamey Scott


Music Contracting

Evan Price


Music Editor & Mixer

Mark Willsher



Eric Achen

Robert Ashley

Liana Berube

Ivo Bokulic

Meredith Brown

Alex Camphouse

Bruce Chrisp

Marcel Gemperli

Michael Graham

Dawn Harms

Emily Onderdonk

Deborah Price

Evan Price

Vanessa Ruotolo

Karen Sor

Iris Stone

Glen Swarts

Alicia Telford

Samsun Van Loon


Additional Voices

Ryan DeMarco Arthur

Scot Stafford Porter

Jan Pinkava Ship’s Crewman


“Good Morning Ladies All” (Traditional sea shanty) performed by Ian McShane, Ryan DeMarco, and Scot Stafford


“Pretty Saro” (Traditional folk song) performed by Ian McShane and Cathy Ang


Music Recording

Dann Thompson

Skywalker Sound, Marin CA


Dialogue Recording by

Cherry Beach, Toronto

Formosa Group, Santa Monica

Soundtrack, New York


Google Advanced Technology And Projects


Senior Director, Engineering

Dan Kaufman


Program Administration

Brittney Valenzano


Corporate Council

Jeff Nisbet



Jennifer Hsuing


Public Relations, The PR Kitchen

Fumi Kitahara Otto


Evil Eye Pictures


Executive Producers

Matt McDonald

Dan Rosen



Yovel Schwartz


Associate Producer

HyoJin Kim


Euisung Lee


Technical Director

Derrick Lau


Digital Intermediate Support

Steve DeLuca


Dialogue Recording by

Cherry Beach, Toronto

Formosa Group, Santa Monica

Soundtrack, NY


Coloring Services by

Evil Eye Pictures, San Francisco

Colourist, Max Horton


Special Thanks

Rachid El Guerrab

Michael K. O’Brien

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About the author

Joe Donaldson

Joe Donaldson is a director, designer, and animator who worked on Motionograpgher from 2014-2020. Previously, he was an art director at Buck. Over the past decade, he's lived and worked in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles and has directed work for clients such as Apple, Google, Instagram, The New York Times, Unicef, Etsy, and The New Yorker. In addition to his creative work, in 2018 he started Holdframe. He's now working as a professor at Ringling College of Art and Design and when not teaching he can be found spending time with his family or out running.