FIGURES OF SPEECH: Shorts
About the technique:
While telling their personal stories, the people in FIGURES OF SPEECH become morphed into a fascinating blend of words, faces, shapes and abstracts. The computer software, created by the makers, 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."
About the Producers:
Originally from Houston, Texas, Tommy Pallotta moved to Austin and graduated with a degree in Philosophy. Since his first feature film, The High Road, Pallotta has worked exclusively in video and digital formats, producing the award-winning shorts Roadhead and Snack and Drink. He collaborated with Sabiston and director Richard Linklater on the acclaimed feature film Waking Life, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001. Pallotta is co-founder with Linklater of the Conduit Digital Festival.
Bob Sabiston studied at MIT Media Laboratory, receiving a bachelor of science and a masters degree in computer graphics research. Both visual arts and computer programming figure prominently in his short films including God's Little Monkey, Roadhead and Snack and Drink. His films have appeared in numerous festivals and have received awards, including Austria's 1996 Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica for God's Little Monkey. Sabiston collaborated with Pallotta and director Richard Linklater on the acclaimed feature film Waking Life, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001.
A media arts curator and television producer since 1978, Neil Sieling has kept a constant focus on building crucial links between artists from many disciplines and larger audiences through cinemas, museums and television. He has most recently been the Executive Producer of Alive-TV (formerly Alive From Off Center), the experimental arts/television showcase on PBS. He is currently working as a consultant for several organizations in the areas of designing larger media delivery systems or creating new production prototypes. Sieling recently helped launch WorldLink TV, a new public channel in the United States on the DBS platform with an accompanying Web-based supersite.