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Bob Sabiston (Flat Black Films), "Tracing for Fun and Profit"

Thursday, May 16, 2002, 2:00 PM EST

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Bartos Theatre, MIT Media Lab (E15)

Aesthetics + Computation group

"Tracing for Fun and Profit:" Bob Sabiston, art director for the digitally rotoscoped feature film "Waking Life," will show clips from that film and also several short works that have been completed during the past year, including "Earthlink Sucks," "Yard," and "Caesar's Breath." He will discuss development of his interpolated rotoscoping software. There will most likely be a demonstration.

Bob Sabiston was a UROP and VLW graduate student at the Media Lab between 1986 and 1991. He moved to Austin, TX in 1993. Under the name Flat Black Films, he has made several computer graphic short films, including "God's Little Monkey," "RoadHead," and "Snack and Drink." He has directed animated projects for MTV and PBS. For the past few years, he has been developing rotoscoping software; the software is a Macintosh application for interpolating hand-drawn lines and shapes over video footage. Last year, Bob and a crew of thirty Austin painters used the software to animate Richard Linklater's feature film "Waking Life." Bob continues to develop software and to make films that creatively utilize technology.

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