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Slacker Director Starts His Rotoscope Feature

SLACKER and DAZED AND CONFUSED director, Richard Linklater, has started the rotoscoped animation for his new feature, WALKING LIFE. The film will digitally shoot live-action actors which will then be "painted" over by artists using filmmaker Bob Sabistons new interpolated rotoscoping software. The program allows animators to stylize live-action footage with simulated brushstrokes. "WALKING LIFE is not animated in the truest sense of the word. It is a composite of wildly different, reimagined video scenes drawn in cartoon style," said Sabiston to the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Much like his 1991 film SLACKER, Linklaters new flick will feature a character walking in and out of chance meetings. Independent Film Channel (IFC) Productions and Thousand Words are producing the flick. The animation is being done in Austin, Texas, U.S.A. John Sloss is executive producing with Jonathan Sehring, Caroline Kaplan, Anne Walker, Tommy Palotta and Thousand Words Palmer West and Jonah Smith producing. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Wiley Wiggins and many other actors from Linklaters earlier films. The pic is set for a TV debut in roughly eight to nine months on the Independent Film Channel and has yet to obtain theatrical distribution.

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