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Google - Saroo's Search

When Saroo Brierley was just five years old, he became lost from his family, after accidentally falling asleep on a train headed for Calcutta.

For months thereafter, Saroo lived on Calcutta's streets, until he was adopted by an Australian family who took him back to Tasmania and raised him as their own.

25 years later, Saroo discovered Google Earth, and so began his monumental challenge to reunite with his birth family.

When Saroo's story was adapted into the Oscar-nominated feature, 'Lion', Google asked B-Reel to create a short film that would highlight the instrumental role Google Earth played in his reunion.

But they gave us just ten days to make it from a smattering of existing film and photography assets.

Dimitri Kalagas and I directed the team at B-Reel. And the restraints we were given pushed us to rely heavily on 3D motion captures from Google Earth, which turned out to be more beautiful and demonstrative than any live action assets could ever be.

'A Very Long Journey' screened at 'Lion' premieres around the United States. And was featured on IndieWirePeople, Google's own blog and many more places beyond.

When Saroo Brierley was just five years old, he became lost from his family, after accidentally falling asleep on a train headed for Calcutta.

25 years later, Saroo discovered Google Earth, and so began his monumental challenge to reunite with them.

When Saroo's story was adapted into the Oscar-nominated feature, 'Lion', Google asked B-Reel to create a short film that would highlight the instrumental role Google Earth played in his reunion.

But they gave us just ten days to make it from a smattering of existing film and photography assets.

My creative partner and I directed the team at B-Reel. And the restraints we were given pushed us to rely heavily on 3D motion captures from Google Earth, which turned out to be more beautiful and demonstrative than any live action assets could ever be.

This short film screened at 'Lion' premieres around the United States. And was featured on IndieWirePeople, Google's own blog and many more places beyond.

 

Directed by Chris Cork and Dimitri Kalagas.