Google Glass on loan as movie-making tool

The "Glass Creative Collective" encourages film students to experiment with wearable cinematography starting this fall.

"Quiet on the set! Glass filming in progress!" Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET

Will Google Glass soon flood the world with documentary filmmakers? That's one possibility the company is encouraging through a partnership with film and design schools dubbed the "Glass Creative Collective."

Announced this week via Google+, the program works to get Google Glass into the hands and onto the heads of film students so they can "start exploring how Glass can be used in production, documentary filmmaking, character development and things we haven't yet considered."

So far, five schools -- The American Film Institute, California Institute of the Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, and the University of Southern California -- will get three sets of Glass each on loan from Google.

A Google representative said that students will begin to work with Glass this fall and that the company will post updates later this year on how they're being used in the service of storytelling.

So it looks like the coming of the Google Glass photographer could be the least of a Luddite's worries. Remember, next time you hear "OK, Glass," you may have just entered the set of an indie flick.

 

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