It’s been more than 25 years since legendary Disney animator Glen Keane brought “The Little Mermaid” to the big screen, and the tools of the trade have changed a lot over those years. Keane is embracing the change, and has been experimenting with virtual reality to infuse his characters with life and “step into the page,” as he puts it.
Keane recently shared some of his thoughts on his work process and influences as well as new technologies in a short video, which also shows him using a HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) headset and Tilt Brush, a VR drawing and animation tool that got acquired by Google in April. Check it out below:
The video was produced on behalf of the Future of Storytelling Summit, where Keane will appear as a featured speaker.
This isn’t the first time that Keane has toyed with new technologies to make animations come alive. He also participated in Google’s Spotlight stories project, producing an animated short film called “Duet” that plays out on a 360-degree stage, allowing viewers to freely explore the space by tilting their cell phones.
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During an appearance at Google’s I/O developer conference in May, Keane argued that many of these technologies allow him to do what he always intended to do with his creative process. “I don’t draw to do a drawing, I draw to step into an imaginary world,” he said.