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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Richard Linklater's Animated film - A Scanner Darkly


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- A Scanner Darkly is animated thriller starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr. and directed by Richard Linklater. The movie is based on legendary Science-fiction author Philip K. Dicks own experiences. Keanu Reeves plays Role of an undercover cop who follows orders to start spying on his friends, jim Barris ( Robert Downey Jr.), Ernie Luckman (woody Harrelson), Donna (Winona Ryder) and Charles Freck (Rory Cochrane). When he is directed to step up the surveillance on himself, he is launched on a paranoid journey into absurd, where identities and loyalties are impossible to decode.
"A Scanner Darkly" is much more talked about for its unconventional visual style director Richard Linklater has used. Director Richard Linklater filmed it as he would any other movie, but then converted it into animation using interpolated Rotoscoping and this is not first time he used unconventional method of story telling; He have used same Rotoscope animation techniques for his 2001 film, "Waking Life".
Rotoscoping is tracing animation frame by frame, or in other words Rotoscoping is a technique where animators trace live action movement, frame by frame, for use in animated cartoons. Originally, pre-recorded live-film images were projected onto a matte windowpane and redrawn by an animator. This projection equipment is called a Rotoscope.The technique was invented by Max Fleischer, who used it in his series "Out of the Inkwell" starting around 1914, with his brother Dave Fleischer dressed in a clown outfit as the live-film reference for the character Koko the Clown.... [Text from MSNBC: For "A Scanner Darkly," it took 50 animators 15 months to trace the film frame by frame — a painstaking process that progresses at a rate of roughly 500 man hours for every minute of screen time.]...Film features momentarily naked Winona Ryder (off course animated :P )...A Scanner Darkly opened on July 7th in selected cities. Check how rotoscoped animation style intensify the visual appeal of movie, especially because of "Paranoia", Sci-fi, Hallucination and Drugs are main ingredients of the story line.......watch the Teaser!
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