Animation studio Film Roman, Inc. has received a Latin Grammy nomination in the Best Music Video category for FRIJOLERO, the gritty, urban anger song from Surco/Universal Music Latin artist Molotov that explores issues of Mexican/American racism and intolerance. The video was created using software created by Texas-based computer artist Bob Sabiston (WAKING LIFE), which allows artists to paint over digital footage using interpolated rotoscoping. Paul Beck and Jason Archer directed the video, which was produced for Film Roman by Kathee Schneider.
The 4th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be presented at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on September 3, 2003. "Frijolero" was also nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rock Song.
After the live-action, shot entirely in Sabiston's home town of Austin, Texas was completed, each frame was animated to recreate the film's real life appearance, along with the band members' facial expressions and mannerisms, while maintaining a colorful, graphic cartoon flair. "We are proud to be part of the team that brought this unique music video to the screen," said Film Roman ceo/exec producer John W. Hyde.
Additional credits include production manager Elaine deMari, animators Steven Fahey, Mario Alecse, David Zweig, Jay Brockman and Michele Schneider; and post supervisors Michele Boyett and Felix Sanchez. Yvonne Gomez was producer for Surco/Universal Music.
North Hollywood, California-based Film Roman produces such primetime hits as THE SIMPSONS and KING OF THE HILL, as well as Showtime's first late-night adult animated series, FREE FOR ALL. Founded in 1984 by acclaimed Latino animator Phil Roman, the studio has picked up 18 Emmy awards. IDT Media's Digital Production Solutions recently acquired a majority share of Film Roman.