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The Weight of the Line: Animation Tales (2006)



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Cast overview:
Tommy Pallotta ... Himself - Producer
Shane F. Kelly Shane F. Kelly ... Himself - Cinematography
Richard Linklater ... Himself - Director & Screenwriter
Sterling Allen Sterling Allen ... Himself - Lead Animator
Christopher S. Jennings Christopher S. Jennings ... Himself - Lead Animator
Paul Beck Paul Beck ... Himself - Head of Animation
Nick Derington Nick Derington ... Himself - Lead Animator 'Scramble Suit'
Jason Archer Jason Archer ... Himself - Head of Animation
Lance Myers Lance Myers ... Himself - Lead Animator
Woody Harrelson ... Himself / Luckman
Rory Cochrane ... Himself - 'Freck'
Robert Downey Jr. ... Himself - 'Barris'
Keanu Reeves ... Himself / Bob Arctor


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Release Date:

19 December 2006 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Included as bonus material on the DVD release of A Scanner Darkly (2006). See more »


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He gets too involved in the drugs that he's trying to destroy
1 October 2017 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

He gets too involved in the drugs that he's trying to destroy This is one of the two featurettes, the other being One Summer in Austin: The Story of Filming 'A Scanner Darkly' on the DVD of A Scanner Darkly. It consists of interviews with cast and crew(lots of cross-cutting early on. Unsurprisingly, we meet a lot of animators), behind-the-scenes footage(including a time lapse that is positively exhausting even as you just sit and watch), film clips, work in progress, conceptual drawings. In an estimate, they thought it would be 350 man hours per minute: it ended up being a lot longer. This is 21 minutes long.

It goes into the roto-scoping process in detail. Drawing over live-action footage, the different approaches to certain characters(and assigning each to one particular artist, ), backgrounds and the like, the specific somewhat comic-book-y look, the challenge of Keanu's beard(not too patchy, not too full, etc.), men trying and failing to draw women(hence, Winona was dealt with by one of the females at the production studio. What? Girls sketch, too), the scramble suit(20 people on that aspect, which was more than any other group) both the acting and the post work on it, the countless rows of corn, etc.

Note that this spoils some of the movie. I recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the subject. 7/10

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