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Watch: Disney Animator Glen Keane Creates Gorgeous Short Of A Ballerina
By Louise Jane Cher, 18 Sep 2015
Legendary Disney animator Glen Keane, whom we have recently featured for his virtual reality painting of The Little Mermaid, has just released a new short film.
Entitled ‘Nephtali’, the wonderful short incorporates both film and traditional 2D animation to depict the journey of a ballerina. In the film, the grace of a dancer is likened to that of a deer, as she fights a struggle before attaining freedom of body and spirit.
The piece was commissioned by the Paris Opera, for the launch of their new digital stage, ‘3e Scène’. It is choreographed with dancer Marion Barbeau, who also appeared in the film.
According to the artistic director Dimitri Chamblas, they engaged Keane due to his understanding of the “movement of his subject, and the very singular and fantastic way he transmits that movement through animation”.
Click play on the video to watch him in action.
[via Animation World Network, Opéra de Paris, images via video screenshot]
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