The Art of Rotoscoping…

Rotoscoping is something that I have been very familiar with since watching Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly, two amazing movies by Richard Linklater.  I had always wondered how the intense, trippy animation, was accomplished in these films but was never completely sure or even understood.  This past class that we had got me really interested in what I soon found out to be termed as Rotoscoping.  The adobe photoshop tutorials taught me what I needed to know on the subject but it wasn’t until I searched the internet to figure out what technique was being used in the two films.  This involves many different forms and can achieve many great end results.  Waking Life was shot in live action but then, after it was completely shot, animators went back in and drew overtop of the already shot film.  This created a very surreal film-here is an example of what Waking Life finally came to be…

This technique can also be used in order to remove something from the video footage or in order to add something.  As seen in the video clip here, it has been used to create a dream like shot throughout the entire length of the film.  The example given on the tutorial page uses an example that really amused me.  Rotoscoping, in this case, was used in order to remove a person from a short video clip.  By copying and cloning an area of the background that they wanted to use allowed them to paste that background over the person being removed.  This successfully removed the whole entire person from the video.  The example from Waking Life was far more complicated than the simple one given in the tutroial, so this just goes to show that Rotoscoping can be used in many situations and can be very creative.

-Billy Ricketts-


~ by billyricketts on March 14, 2011.

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