Monthly Archives: February 2012

This is the picture of myself that i have experimented with.Ii have took the picture into Photoshop and removed the background by only highlighting myself, then applied a filter, drawn over or adjusted the look of the image. The experiment has allowed me to discover what filter styles i like and ones that i may use for my final piece.


My Picture Experiments

Different Rotoscoping Pictures i have come across

I have come across a few different pictures of different styles of animation. Some have been filtered, some have been drawn on, some have been done in paint, some are just black and white and some have no backgrounds.

I may experiment with photoshop and see what different filers look like.

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Hollywood and Beyond . . . . . . . . .

So far i have identified that Major car manufactures such as Toyota and Hollywood actors such as Keanu Reeves are all using and staring in Rotoscope style animation videos. It seems that that there is a wide range of people using this technique for different purposes and targeting different audiences.

A Scanner Darkly – Richard Linklanker

This is another movie that i have come across that uses the Rotoscoping technique.

Richard Linklater’s Walking Life (2001) is, even for such an unusual director, an unusual film. From the very beginning, the bizarre “Rotoscope” animation technique, (also used in A Scanner Darkly, 2006) jars the viewer, challenging us to take on the tension between the cartoon fabric of fantasy and the apparently ‘live action’ movements and articulations of the actors behind the art.


Walking Life (2001) – Richard Linklater

Waking Life is an American animated film (rotoscoped based on live action), directed by Richard Linklaster and released in 2001. The entire film was shot using digital video and then a team of artists using computers drew stylized lines and colors over each frame.

Exploring Motion Graphics – Rebecca Gallagher & Andrea Moore Paldy

Page 34

There is only a small chapter based on rotoscoping in this book but it refers to an artist called RICHARD LINKLATERS movie called Walking Life.

This is something i will explore a bit further.

The Animation Book – Kit Laybourne

Pages 162 – 170

The book states ” we recommend you look for short clips of live action that contain lots of movement. Consider these rotoscoping playgrounds: sports footage, dancing, action that forms a natural cycle. Common to these suggested sources is a complex physical action that is both eye-catching and really difficult to animate using traditional methods.”

Taking these reccomondations into consideration i feel that i may go down the route of choosing sports footage to rotoscope with as i am an avid football/soccer fan.

The book also provides a  useful case study of a Rotoscope project, showing how the rotoscope affect can be added using Photoshop and a simple Paint program. Its beneficial to have access and be able to clearly see how other people have gone about implementing this style of animation.

The main quote that i have took from the book is “ROTOSCOPING CAN YIELD ANIMATION THAT IS BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL – AND EVEN QUITE ABSTRACT.” An inspiring quote for the project.

ROTOSCOPING – Benjamin Bratt

I bought this book last semester for help with the Robin Project, it wasn’t as helpful as i first thought as its more about tracking movement and editing frames of movies.

It is more useful in learning the origins of rotoscoping and the background of Fleischer studios. It also has a section where Benjamin Bratt discusses how to go about a rotoscoping project. He discusses keeping focused, eliminating bad habits, estimating a job time and pacing yourself through out a project.

From this information it seems that a Gantt Chart would be useful to plan time and keep the project moving at a steady pace and allow me to identify when each milestone is due to be completed.