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Acclaimed Animator Glen Keane Debuts Short Film Project "Duet" at Google I/O Conference

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A celebration of life through the hand-drawn line,

DUET is the latest in a series of Google ATAP's Spotlight Stories, interactive short films made exclusively for mobile devices


Acclaimed animator Glen Keane unveiled a first look at his latest and most personal project to date, DUET, as part of a special ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) Session this morning at the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco, California.

Presented together with Regina Dugan, who leads the ATAP group, Glen gave a live demonstration and talk through the creative process behind DUET. 

Animated in its entirety and directed by Glen Keane (former Disney animator and creator of such beloved characters as Ariel, Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan and Rapunzel), DUET tells the story of Mia and Tosh and how their individual paths in life weave together to create an inspired duet. The unique, interactive nature of the story allows the viewer to seamlessly follow the journey of either of the two characters from birth to adulthood.

Glen Keane original drawing of Mia,the little girl from his newest project Duet
Copyright 2014 Glen Keane Productions.  All rights reserved.

DUET is the third in a series of Spotlight Stories, which is a new way of telling stories on mobile devices. The stories blend world-class artistry with innovative rendering and interaction technology for mobile to create a new canvas for the next generation of storytelling.

The post production version of Mia, the little girl in Glen Keane's latest project Duet
Copyright 2014 Glen Keane Productions.  All rights reserved.

DUET is the first traditionally animated, hand-drawn film to debut as a Spotlight Story. The film offers a glimpse into what's possible on mobile devices, a rich, modern canvas for creative expression and immersive works of art and technology.

DUET will officially launch later this year and will be available on all capable devices with proper hardware capabilities and OS version higher than Android 4.2.

 

ABOUT GLEN KEANE AND GLEN KEANE PRODUCTIONS

A 38-year veteran of Walt Disney Feature Animation, Glen Keane is most noted for creating and animating such legendary Disney characters as Ariel in "The Little Mermaid", Aladdin, Pocahontas, the Beast from "Beauty and the Beast", and Tarzan.

Glen also served as Supervising Animator and Executive Producer on Disney's 2010 box office hit, "Tangled". In the spring of 2012, Glen decided to leave Disney Studios in pursuit of further artistic exploration. In his departure letter he stated: "I am convinced that animation really is the ultimate art form of our time with endless new territories to explore. I can't resist its siren call to step out and discover them." In 2013, he launched Glen Keane Productions to pursue his personal projects.

ABOUT ATAP

ATAP is a small band of makers and believers charged with breakthrough innovations in mobile computing and accelerating the development of promising technologies to market.

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