PAF REWIND: ROTOSCOPY
Rotoscopy represents a hybrid cinematographic form developed by American animator Max Fleisher in 1915. He intended to capture individual phases of motion in animation more precisely. For these purposes he decided to redraw the individual frames of a film strip on a glass board. This technique, which lies on the boundaries of animation and photorealistic record, has been improved through the years and through it many filmmakers have significantly contributed to the history of animation. This year's Festival of Film Animation introduces rotoscopy within the PAF Rewind section through selected films, lectures and a workshop.
Concerning feature films, spectators can look forward to a historical cross-section of American Pop as well as the current Czech film Alois Nebel. The filmmakers will speak about the film within the presentation of Tobogang graphic studio. The teacher and artist Pavel Ryška will give a lecture on the history of rotoscopy and there will also be a rotoscopy workshop under the leadership of animators.
4:30 pm | THURSDAY 8 December 2011 | FA
lecture – Jiří Neděla
The rotoscoping technique, with its ability to capture fluent movement, has caught the attention of video clip and computer game creators. While for clips it serves as visual diversification, programmers use rotoscope to equip the game figures with better motional skills.
10:30 pm | THURSDAY 8 December 2011 | FA
presentation – Tobogang & Jaromír Švejdík
Tobogang Studio animators and the author of the comics, Jaromír Švejdík, will debate on the visual form of Alois Nebel. They will speak not only about the technologies used and the demanding process of transforming feature scenes into animated ones, but also about the inspirational resources of the graphic model and the depiction of its specific features in the film.
12:00 am | THURSDAY 8 December 2011 | FA
dir. Tomáš Luňák | Czech Republic | 2011 | 87'
The story of a railman from Jeseník railway station shrouded in the mist of the past is an adaptation of a graphic novel by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír Švejdík. The film has had success in international festivals and has been nominated for an animation Oscar in the Awards category of Best Foreign Language Film. The film represents a unique initiative within Czech cinematography.
2:00 pm | FRIDAY 9 December 2011 | FA
presentation – Pavel Ryška
The teacher and artist Pavel Ryška will give a lecture on the history of the rotoscopy technique. It will be particularly about the causes of its origin and its transformations during the graphic interpretation of a film record of live action. The lecture will be accompanied by film samples documenting the changes in understanding of the possibilities of this technique.
12:00 am | FRIDAY 9 December 2011 | FA
dir. Ralph Bakshi | USA | 1981 | 96' | projection
Ralph Bakshi represents one of the most significant filmmakers within the several past decades who work with rotoscoping. Among his key works are The Lord of the Rings, Wizards, Fire and Ice, and last but not least, American Pop, a story of four generations of a musical family set against the background of significant events in American history.
10:00 am | SATURDAY 10 December 2011| FA
dir. Ari Folman | Israel | 2008 | 90' | projection
Waltz with Bashir (2008) deals with the events of the Lebanon War in 1982. The film is director Ari Folman's authentic search for recollections of a war experience that have been pushed aside by a sense of guilt. In his film Folman interconnects an animated and a documentary approach and thus creates a prominent masterpiece of Israel film animation.
2:00 pm | SATURDAY 10 December 2011 | MC
dir. Christian Volckman | F/GB/LUX | 2006 | 105' | projection
Film Renaissance by French director Christian Volckman combines motion capture technique and rotoscoping. It is a unique and spectacular show with the fragrance of a film noir, but set in Paris 2054, where we follow a detective story about a kidnapped scientist and a preparation for eternal youth.
6:00-7:00 pm | SATURDAY 10 December 2011 | CH
4:00–4:30 pm | SUNDAY 11 December 2011 | CH
In the figurative essay Versions (2010), Oliver Laric employs intentional and unintentional variations of the same image and thus shows that the tendency to imitate or vary works of art was prevalent even in antiquity. The phenomenon of variation is present also in modern visual media, as shown in a comparison of two identical sequences from different animated films.
12:00 am | SATURDAY 10 December 2011 | FA
dir. Fernando Trueba, Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal | ESP | 2010 | 94' | projection
This romantic Spanish story is about pianist Chico and singer Rita, whose love affair was accompanied by the rhythms of post-war jazz legends. The director Fernando Trueba, an Oscar winner for Belle Epoque (1992), along with Tono Errando and Javier Mariscal, one of the most successful Spanish artists and animators, have expressed their common passion for Cuban culture.
6:00 pm | SUNDAY 11 December 2011 | FA
The block Rotoscopy in Shorts will persuade the audience that rotoscopy is also popular among the authors of short films. Five films of various authors, themes and styles will be screened. It will begin with a simple anecdotal film Street War, then continue with the popular scientific animation Why Can't We Walk Straight? and a sharp view of German history named Germania Wurst.