SFiFF xii: Show and Tell: A Scanner Darkly


This was a last minute add-on to the Festival, so its not in the Program Guide and I have no cool graphics.

Tommy Pallotta has produced:

1. A Scanner Darkly (2006) (producer)
2. Hell House (2001) (associate producer)
3. Waking Life (2001) (producer)
4. Figures of Speech (2000) (producer)
5. Snack and Drink (2000) (producer)
6. Roadhead (1999) (producer)
7. High Road (1996) (producer)

Tommy Pallotta was here to show clips of his Rotovision (?) animated films leading up to A Scanner Darkly, a Richard Linklater film, to be released this summer, based on a novel by Philip K. Dick .

Clips of High Road, Roadhead, Snack and Drink, and Waking Life were followed by a Q&A on the techniques of Rotovision (?), where the film is shot like a normal film and edited; then artists “paint over” the scenes to produce the finished product. The first two are in black & white, crude and funky, Snack and Drink added color, while those are shorts, Waking Life is a feature film with Richard Linklater as writer/director.

Then he screened 27 minutes of A Scanner Darkly and took more Q&A.

The Show and Tell was informative, but I don”t really understand how Rotovision (?) works, one of the audience said that the DVD of Waking Life has before-and-after images of the making of the film. Examples of the animation technique appear in the links to the later films, but it is neither named nor explained.
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The San Francisco International Film Festival is running now through May 4. I”m volunteering at the festival and plan to attend as many of the films as I can work in to my schedule. Bear in mind that, for the most part, these are independent films and many have not been picked up for distribution, so they may not be playing at a “theater near you” anytime soon. On the other hand, some of the foreign films may have already been released in Europe.

As a public service, I will post brief reviews. My ratings are based on 5 stars ***** with a tilde ~ being half-a-star.

Happy viewing, or in any case, keep your eyes on rectorsite.com.


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