From Pepe to Piggy, the Evolution of Google Spotlight Stories

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Date/Time: 27 November 2017, 02:15pm - 04:00pm
Venue: Silk 1&2
Location: Bangkok Int'l Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC)

Mark Oftedal
Co-director of "Piggy", a Google Spotlight Story

Summary: Google Spotlight Stories began in 2013 with "Windy Day", an experimental 360 degree mobile story about a mouse named Pepe and his obsession with a hat. Four years later they are set to release "Piggy", their 12th short about a jogging pig tempted by a scrumptious cake. Join the Spotlight Stories team as they discuss the evolution of Google Spotlight Stories and the challenges of interactive storytelling in VR and 360 degree mobile.

Speaker Bio, Mark Ofteda, Co-director of "Piggy", a Google Spotlight Story
Mark Oftedal is an animation director and teacher. His feature work includes animation (Toy Story, A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2) and character concepts (Monsters University, Storks). He has directed and supervised shorts for Google Spotlight Stories (A Windy Day, Buggy Night, On Ice, Piggy) and The Cartoon Saloon (Me...Jane). Mark is currently the Chief Creative Officer of DigitalFish, a software service provider that is making a new 3D animation system called "Reflex". You can also find Mark teaching animation workshops online and at studios and schools around the world (Animation Mentor, ILM Singapore, Technicolor India). In his free time Mark works with the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand to promote the welfare of wild animals. He is currently creating a comic "Elephants: Wild Again!" that can be found at

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Presentation Language: English