“Star Wars” filmmakers get help from Google’s VR tool Seurat – CNET


Google Seurat is helping “Star Wars” filmmakers make movies.

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The next Star Wars film might be just that much better thanks to a new technology you may never see.

Google unveiled a new tool called Seurat at its Google I/O developer conference in Silicon Valley Thursday. It partnered with ILMxLab, the branch of Star Wars maker Lucasfilm that’s focused on new technologies, to come up with a better way for filmmakers to plan their shoots.

Seurat, which yes is named after the famous painter, can take a high-fidelity scene like something you might find from high-end game, and run it on a low-power mobile VR headset. So as a result, the director of the next Star Wars film could, for example, look around a set before anything is built, potentially cutting down on the amount of time it takes to build and make a movie.

“When I see people in our demo looking at the floor on their hands and knees, down to inspect the curvature of every bend and twist, I really think we’re onto something,” said Lewey Geselowitz, a senior UX engineer at ILMxLabs in a video.

Google and ILMxLab said this is the first time they’ve been able to take high quality, cinematic images and turn them into something that can be looked at in real time. To them, this is a breakthrough.

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