Keane Debuts Duet Short at Google I/O Conference

Legendary animator Glen Keane has returned to his hand-drawn roots with a celebration of life in an innovative new mobile short, Duet (watch below), produced by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP).  Keane unveiled a first-look on Thursday at the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco.  We might even see a non-interactive version of Duet qualify for Oscar consideration.

Calling it his most personal project to date, Keane gave a live presentation together with Regina Dugan, who leads the ATAP group. Built with an engine that runs at 60-frames-per-second, Google is able to preserve the illustrative integrity of Keane’s drawings, which contain his signature style of grace and beauty.

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.

Duet marks the third in Google’s Spotlight Stories series designed to push the boundaries of interactive animation on mobile devices. Jan Pinkava’s Windy Day, the first Spotlight story, debuted last October, and Buggy Night was directed by Spotlight creative director Mark Oftedal.

The idea behind Spotlight is to blend world-class artistry with innovative rendering and interaction technology for mobile to create a new canvas for the next generation of storytelling. Duet (which will officially launch later this year on all capable devices with proper hardware capabilities and OS version higher than Android 4.2) certainly offers a glimpse into what’s possible on mobile devices: a rich, modern canvas for creative expression and immersive works of art and technology.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Events, Movies, Oscar, Shorts, Tech, Virtual Production

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