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Thursday, February 24, 2005

08:34:47 pm , 376 words, 1405 views     Categories: Animation

A Scanner, Darkly

I'm kind of looking forward to this. (Thanks, Phil)

http://movies.yahoo.com/movies/feature/ascannerdarklyqt.html

It looks to be a slicker and hyper-detailed version of the animation process of Waking Life, with the added bonus of famous Hollywood actors and a plot. I actually quite liked the way Waking Life was devoid of both of those. When I first saw that film, it was one of the few times in my life I felt I'd seen something really new in animation, despite it being what most people would look down on as mere rotoscoping. I felt Linklater had managed to go beyond that criticism. Whatever reservations I might have had about it as animation, as a film it worked visually. Animation is just another form of filmmaking, of images in time, and I think people in animation tend to lose sight of that - of what is interesting and what works as a form of visual creation. Instead they fall back on the same old methods, and I felt Linklater's film shed light on that problem. I always felt that the most interesting new ideas in animation tend to come from people from other fields, and this was a good example. Interestingly, Satoru Utsunomiya is a big fan of the film.

Ran across that old Shinji Hashimoto interview for Animatrix. I'd forgotten all about it, so I'll make a link here. Not often you get interviews in English with interesting animators like this.

http://www.intothematrix.com/rl_cmp/rl_interview_hashimoto.html

Speaking of films in the works, I've always wondered what happened to Keita Kurosaka's Midori-ko, an hour-length film he's been working on for years. I heard that it was due for completion several years ago, but I haven't heard anything about it since. I'm still hoping to get to see his other films eventually. They sound quite unique and more experimental than those of the typical Japanese independent.

And Kihachiro Kawamoto's site reports that The Book of the Dead is now in the editing phase and is due for completion next month. It was animated at the Hachioji campus of the Tama Art School, where they just finished the wistful task of dismantling the various apparatuses and paraphernalia used in production.