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The Animation of Waking Life Richard Linklater accomplished a vision that he had almost scrapped until the immergence of a new technique in rotoscoped animation Waking Life is a film infused with the power of animation that takes us through a journey of dreams and makes one question their own reality The method of animation used was the step to making this powerful piece of cinema a reality and would not have happened without it Rotoscoping was inventing in 1915 by animation pioneer Max Fleischer It is a method that takes live action footage and traces over the images to produce very realistic movement It is because of this tracing method that some feel rotoscoping is a sort of a cheat or easy way out However rotoscoping and other forms like it are a way to explore animation and its creativity even further it allows animators more artistic freedom by saving labor To not use these labor saving methods and tools would take us back to the days when acetate cells werent invented and you had not only to animate every frame but had to redraw the background every time as well It was this type of freedom that allowed everyone involved with the piece to create a film that is just as visually stunning as it is narrativly Director Richard Linklater wanted to bring artist like painters who did not necessarily know anything about producing animation and involve them in the process as animators To accomplish this Linklater enlisted animator Bob Sabiston as art director Sabiston brought with him his own developed software nicknamed RotoShop This software was the tool that allowed artists of all animation levels to create their visions It is a system that allows artists to trace over the video Quicktime with Wacom pens and tablets with results that are very close to brush strokes on a canvas This method is accelerated due to the softwares interpolation system
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