Sunday, November 23, 2008

So I've been noticing that rotoscoping has been playing a huge role in the animation game. I'm sure you're wondering what rotoscoping is, and why am I talking about it! Rotoscoping is a type of animation that started way back in 1914 by a guy named Max Fleischer. He gave birth to the cartoon greats like Betty Boop, Popeye, and Superman. Why start using rotoscoping again in 2008? Basically, back in the day they only used rotoscoping to smooth the transition from a sheet of paper to the big screen. Rotoscoping slows down that transition so that the picture is distorted a little, but the sequence continues to run smooth! It's sounds crazy complicated, but the process is pretty simple. The best example of rotoscoping at the current moment is that video directed by Hype Williams for Kanye West (Heartless). Check it out below... the video is amazing and it represents rotoscope animation very...very well.
Trevor Winston Lee

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