Friday, June 27, 2014

Glen Keane's Duet

You may or may not have already come across Glen Keane's latest short, Duet, which has been doing the rounds since its reveal at Google's I/O conference earlier today. This was produced as part of the ATAP shorts series - a collaboration between Google engineers and animators, who work together to produce a new type of interactive short film (I guess you could call it that) where viewers use their phones as interactive windows into the world of the story.

Wow, I really love this. It's a really captivating and beautiful piece. There's just something really soothing about the smooth flowing shapes, and that unmistakable pencil-on-paper "Glen Keane" look. It's often when looking at hand drawn animation like this, that, as a CG animator + developer of software for doing so, that I get inspired to think again about the tools we have at our disposal, and specifically how we could wring more expressive flexibility out of them.

The full presentation, including background info about how they did it:

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