Fox Searchlight Is 'Waking Life'

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Fox Searchlight Pictures

    LOS ANGELES, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Fox
 Searchlight Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Richard
 Linklater's "WAKING LIFE."  The deal was negotiated by Fox Searchlight's
 Executive Vice President, Joseph de Marco, and John Sloss of the indie
 financing company Cinetic.  The Independent Film Channel and Thousand Words
 financed the picture, and the film's producers include Tommy Pallotta of Line
 Research, Ann Walker-McBay from Detour Films, Linklater's production company
 as well as Palmer West and Jonah Smith from Thousand Words.
     Written and directed by Linklater ("Slacker," "Dazed and Confused"),
 "Waking Life" was a highly anticipated premiere at this year's Sundance Film
 Festival where it received a standing ovation and critical acclaim.  Roger
 Ebert raved that "'Waking Life' is a technical breakthrough and an amazing
 film, both in the same package ... (a) gorgeous film."  The film reunites
 Linklater with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy who starred in his 1995 film
 "Before Sunrise."
     Originally shot on digital video with a cast of over fifty actors, "Waking
 Life," stars Wiley Wiggins ("Dazed and Confused") and presents a revolutionary
 approach to animation by transforming live actors into unique characters, each
 interpreted and animated by 31 different artists.
     After editing of the digitally shot film was complete, the animation
 process began using software invented by animator Bob Sabiston.  The software
 allows artists to paint over the digital footage using a technique of
 interpolated rotoscoping.  Individual brushstrokes can be stretched smoothly
 across a range of frames, giving the animation a unique look, which Filmmaker
 Magazine describes as "shimmering impressionism with a pop cartoon flair."
     Fox Searchlight President, Peter Rice, said, "It's a dazzling breakthrough
 movie that introduces a new style of animation to the world."
     Linklater describes the experience as "an interesting marriage between
 cinemas and computers.  I had been contemplating this film for years, but it
 took seeing Bob's unique animation technology to realize how the film would
 work.  It's been a wonderfully creative experience -- I would never have
 attempted this as a traditional live-action movie."
     The film is slated for release this fall.  Fox Searchlight Pictures is a
 unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.
 
     For more information please contact:  Breena Camden (310) 369-4915.
 
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    LOS ANGELES, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Fox
 Searchlight Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Richard
 Linklater's "WAKING LIFE."  The deal was negotiated by Fox Searchlight's
 Executive Vice President, Joseph de Marco, and John Sloss of the indie
 financing company Cinetic.  The Independent Film Channel and Thousand Words
 financed the picture, and the film's producers include Tommy Pallotta of Line
 Research, Ann Walker-McBay from Detour Films, Linklater's production company
 as well as Palmer West and Jonah Smith from Thousand Words.
     Written and directed by Linklater ("Slacker," "Dazed and Confused"),
 "Waking Life" was a highly anticipated premiere at this year's Sundance Film
 Festival where it received a standing ovation and critical acclaim.  Roger
 Ebert raved that "'Waking Life' is a technical breakthrough and an amazing
 film, both in the same package ... (a) gorgeous film."  The film reunites
 Linklater with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy who starred in his 1995 film
 "Before Sunrise."
     Originally shot on digital video with a cast of over fifty actors, "Waking
 Life," stars Wiley Wiggins ("Dazed and Confused") and presents a revolutionary
 approach to animation by transforming live actors into unique characters, each
 interpreted and animated by 31 different artists.
     After editing of the digitally shot film was complete, the animation
 process began using software invented by animator Bob Sabiston.  The software
 allows artists to paint over the digital footage using a technique of
 interpolated rotoscoping.  Individual brushstrokes can be stretched smoothly
 across a range of frames, giving the animation a unique look, which Filmmaker
 Magazine describes as "shimmering impressionism with a pop cartoon flair."
     Fox Searchlight President, Peter Rice, said, "It's a dazzling breakthrough
 movie that introduces a new style of animation to the world."
     Linklater describes the experience as "an interesting marriage between
 cinemas and computers.  I had been contemplating this film for years, but it
 took seeing Bob's unique animation technology to realize how the film would
 work.  It's been a wonderfully creative experience -- I would never have
 attempted this as a traditional live-action movie."
     The film is slated for release this fall.  Fox Searchlight Pictures is a
 unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.
 
     For more information please contact:  Breena Camden (310) 369-4915.
 
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