Google's Spotlight Stories have been around for the last couple of years and with each new entry they seem to continue delighting viewers. The latest short film to make its debut is called 'Rain or Shine' and it's now available to view on YouTube, and the best part is that it's a 360-degree video so you can view it in a more immersive environment with viewers like Cardboard, or, through VR headsets like Google's new Daydream View headset, now that the YouTube VR app has been officially released to the public as of earlier this month. The new short is about five and a half minutes long, but Google didn't just release the new spotlight story by itself, as they've also uploaded a behind the scenes video so those who are interested could see how the film was made.
Rain or Shine has a nice kid-friendly feeling to it, not too unlike Pearl, another recent Spotlight Story short that Google released earlier this year. The film focuses on a little girl named Ella who seems to love the Summer sunshine and can't wait to receive a new pair of sunglasses that came in the mail, and once they arrive she's all too happy to put them on and test them out. Sadly, the first moment she puts them on it begins to rain right on top of her, which dampens the moment, and her excitement. Not to be deterred, though, Ella is determined to wear her new sunglasses in the sun.
While Rain or Shine can be viewed in VR and will likely provide the most enjoyable experience, it doesn't have to be viewed in a VR headset to see the effects of the 360-degree filmography. Simply open up the YouTube app on your phone and you can spin around while holding the device to see the different angles of the video. Alternatively, you can also spin the camera around for the short through YouTube on the desktop by clicking and dragging on the screen. If you have around 10 minutes, definitely check the film out and if you're able, toss it up on Chromecast or pop it in a VR headset for your kids to view too.