Monday, July 10, 2006

Rotoscopic Hallucination

I'm not a fan of sci-fi. Not too keen on animation either.
A Scanner Darkly's unique style won me over.

The story is based on a novel by visionary Philip K. Dick [whose writings have inspired movies such as Blade Runner and Minority Report]. In a classic cyberpunk genre, it's a tale of narco-schizophrenia in Big Bro-monitored SoCal.

Beyond the actors' extraordinary performance, what makes the movie really interesting is its hypnotic visual feel. To paraphrase the NYT, director Richard Linklater used a technique called rotoscoping [animation traced over live-action] to translate Dick's dystopic worldview. The result makes the characters appear liquid and constantly changing in focus.

Despite a bugging difference in animating styles throughout the movie, the use of rotoscoping fits perfectly with Dick's tales of cognitive dissonance and alternative realities. Trippy inded.
[Reviews in LAWeekly, LATimes, NYT] [Wired on Dick]
photos IMDB

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