darkly

10 Mar

A couple of screenshots from the trailer to A Scanner Darkly:

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It looks very similar to the illustration style that Richard Linklater used in Waking Life; though I wonder if Waking Life was pure animation. This really looks like it was shot on film and then animated in greater and lesser degrees over the top.

I found Waking Life to be conceptually interesting, but it really ended up putting me to sleep. This looks like it’s got a great cast, and the original story by Philip K Dick is engaging and disturbing. Here’s hoping.

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4 Responses to “darkly”

  1. Nicole Fitzhugh 11 March, 2006 at 3:30 pm #

    There’s a whole article about this in Feb. Wired Magazine.

  2. Phil 15 March, 2006 at 9:04 pm #

    Thanks for letting me know about that Nicole, I’ll check it out!

  3. samantha 14 April, 2006 at 8:52 am #

    waking life was filmed and then drawn on top of each frame. they used a software developed by linklater or someone he knows (can’t recall which).. i’m pretty sure it was shot with 8mm or definitely a film camera.

    the dvd has special features which explain all the technical info.

  4. Margaret 20 April, 2006 at 3:16 am #

    Both films are rotoscoped (that’s what you call it when you animate over live action). There are many many different ways to rotoscope; the films look similar mainly because human movement is so distinctive, and because the animation for both films was done with a computer. You don’t have to have computers to do it either: rotoscoping was used in Disney’s Snow White and Cinderella (watch that final dance sequence again), and in the Fleischer Bros. Betty Boop cartoons:

    In a Snow White (1932) that capsizes the Disney feature six years later, Betty’s friend Koko the Clown lip- and hip-synchs Cab Calloway’s “St. James Infirmary Blues,” right down to the strutting and pimping. Snow White is also a textbook example of what made the Fleischers great, as Koko is magically transformed not only into Cab Calloway, but also a ghost, a gold coin, and a liquor bottle that drinks itself. Like the Fleischer cartoons themselves, Betty’s “simplicity” masks a world of jazz-age sophistication. (Bright Lights Film Journal)

    Get your hands on that Betty Boop Snow White if you can; it’s fantastic.

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