The name of Bob Sabiston (1967) might be better known in the sphere of computer programming than in the sphere of animation. However, he was selected as this year's guest of the PAF Cult section because of the way his programmer inventiveness is blended with his pioneering approach to animated films. Sabistor, a graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, established the Flat Black Film company in the early 1990s, and in 1997 he created the Rotoshop programme. It became the dominant means of expression and determines the visual identity of Flat Black Films production and its animators.

Besides work on Richard Linklater's two feature films – Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006), the Flat Black Films Studio animators explore and extend the expressive potential of Rotoshop. Samples of those films as well as the work with Rotoshop itself will be introduced by Bob Sabiston in person.


6:00 pm | FRIDAY 9 December 2011 | FA


Bob Sabiston's (USA, 1967) work is divided between animated film and the development of computer programmes. Both disciplines blend together and mutually condition each other. He is a founder of the Flat Black Films Company that won credit thanks to talented animators and Sabiston's software Rotoshop, that was used in A Scanner Darkly. As this year's PAF Cult, Bob Sabiston will introduce his pioneering films as well as programmes.


6:00 pm | SATURDAY 10 December 2011 | FA




Films from Flat Black Films Studio are characterised by irreplaceable visual handwriting with the software called Rotoshop. It was used to make Richard Linklater's animated films Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly and many short films from this studio. They represent the most current form of rotoscopy.


PAF activities in 2017 have been supported by: The Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, State Cinematography Fund, The City of Olomouc, The Olomouc Region and International Visegrad Fund.

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