Legendary animator Glen Keane spoke to students and faculty recently at the SVA Theatre. Keane spent 38 years at Walt Disney Studios creating unforgettable characters such as Aladdin, Ariel, Tarzan and Rapunzel. Since leaving Disney, he has launched Glen Keane Productions and also collaborated with Google Advanced Technology and Projects for his short, Duet, a stand-alone animation that also serves as an interactive experience. During his talk at SVA, Keane discussed his career in animation, his process and his recent success with Duet.
“As an artist, Mr. Keane was everything one could hope we all might become,” said John McIntosh, chair of BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects. “A legend in his field yet completely generous with his time and humbled by the welcome SVA students gave him. A traditionally trained artist who fully embraced a new technology without hesitation or fear. A true gentleman who expressed his enthusiasm for art and animation with the verve of a wondrous and curious child.”
Another highlight of the day was when Keane gave a drawing demonstration of how he developed the character of Beast in Beauty and the Beast. He also shared early pencil animation tests from The Little Mermaid and spoke about his process in capturing the main character’s personality and movements. Students and faculty were thrilled to personally meet Keane and ask him about his career and artistic inspirations. McIntosh added, “Mr. Keane summed up the challenge and spirit you want to see in all artists when he said, simply and clearly, ‘You have to believe in what you are doing.’”
Images: Top photo by Martin Mendizabal, bottom photo by Hsiang-Chin Moe.