Jun 9 2017 17:20
Watch the trailer for Everything, first video game eligible for Oscar Awards in its Animated Short Film
We have already seen how virtual reality is making headway in most important festivals and film awards in industry. This year, for example, art installation of VR by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Carne y Arena, was exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival in a special section. This way, we saw a Google animated short film, Pearl, being nominated at the Academy Awards, the Oscars. As Cannes as Academy was the first time a VR project was included on their lists.
Now, the possible turn is for a video game that has already won the jury prize at the Vienna Shorts Festival.
We are talking about Everything developed by David OReilly, a simulation video game that is available since March in PlayStation, Linux, Microsoft Windows and macOS. The trailer, 11 minutes, is so good and with so much quality that has been eligible for Best Animated Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards, something unprecedented until now, and if Everything gets it would make history.
Video game offers the opportunity to explore a generated universe and control several objects. Players can take one of the several creatures and move around. What is so interesting here is that you can choose any object or creature, as long as the one is smaller than the last, by choosing until a subatomic level. After that level players can take larger shapes like planets or complete system of stars. The accepted trailer highlights the interconnection of universe and shows a speech of British philosopher Alan Watts, who was recognized for his books about elevation of human consciousness and the real nature of reality.
Developer David OReilly is an expert in animation that has made other short films like “The External World” which was premiered at the Venice Film Festival and made an important journey in this kind of events where at the end, got more than 40 awards. OReilly was also the person who made the “Her” scene where characters are playing a video game in the film by Spike Jonze. Besides, he was the animator of one episode (A Glitch is a Glitch) of animated TV series “Adventures Time”.
Cool: Everything just qualified for an Academy Award, making it the first time this has happened to a game/interactive project pic.twitter.com/5SQVD9s960
— David OReilly (@davidoreilly) 7 de junio de 2017
This opportunity opens in Oscars was announced by the same artist through his social networks where he wrote some messages, sharing his good feeling with the news, although believes will not get very far either, and explained that this is a game with a very educational sense, besides being a political statement and invitation to stop the egos and win another perspective of our world.
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The ceremony of the 90th Academy Awards, the Oscars, will take place on 4th March, 2018, the Governors Awards is set for next 11th November and the complete list of nominated will be announced on 23rd January.
We share the 11 minutes trailer for video game Everything: