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A Scanner Darkly - the trailer

How cool's that? This movie, based on a Philip K. Dick novel is out this week in The States after premiering at Cannes. Stars Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jnr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder, Rory Cochrane. I love the way they've given this movie the Bande Dessinée treatment. Très cool! The website is a killer also - A Scanner Darkly Website

Also cool is what these guys have done with one of the scenes from the Charlie Kaufman script. Can't wait to see this movie. More Dick - here But perhaps the most interesting Dick Site (am I having fun yet? Yes I am) is this one at Wikipedia on Dicks I have known and loved

"A Scanner Darkly was filmed digitally, then animated with Rotoshop, a proprietary graphics editing program created by Bob Sabiston. Rotoshop uses an animation technique called interpolated rotoscoping, which was previously used in Linklater's film Waking Life. Linklater discussed the ideas and inspiration behind his use of rotoscoping in a UK documentary about him in 2004, linking it to his personal experiences of lucid dreaming.

Rotoscoping in traditional cell animation originally involved tracing over film frame-by-frame. This is similar in some respects to the rotoscope style of 1970s filmmaker Ralph Bakshi. Rotoshop animation, however, makes use of vector keyframes, and interpolates the in-between frames automatically. To add a further distinctive element to his visual style for the movie, Linklater chose to hire graphic novel artists to illustrate the film instead of animators. The use of non-animators and the difficulty of wrangling Rotoshop were factors that lengthened the film's production process well past its initial September 2005 release date target." - from Wikipedia

More here from Wired - Trouble in Toontown

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