celebration of life through the hand-drawn line,
the latest in a series of Google ATAP's Spotlight Stories, interactive short
films made exclusively for mobile devices
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.
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.
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
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.
GLEN KEANE AND GLEN KEANE PRODUCTIONS
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.
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innovations in mobile computing and accelerating the development of promising
technologies to market.