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Waking Life (USA)

Director: Richard Linklater

Footage: 99min

Year: 2001 

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I'm floating

Linklater and cameraman Tommy Pallotta shot the film on location in Austin, TX, using digital video equipment. Linklater and digital animator Bob Sabiston then used newly developed computer software to transform the images through a process called "interpolated rotoscoping"; the result merges the naturalism of live action with a stylized look that resembles a cartoon or a painting in motion.

 A young man who arrives in Austin and hitches a ride with a stranger, who engages him in a conversation about rarely considered facets of existentialism. As the visitor drifts through the city, he encounters a variety of people and finds himself absorbing their views on art, philosophy, society, and numerous other issues of contemporary life.


A floating dream

Animating a Waking Life

Dream Is Destiny

Waking Life (Max Messier)

Waking Life (Neil Young)

Waking Life (Berge Garabedian)

L'Altra: Waking Life

Slacker Director Dreams Up Waking Life

Waking Life (James Berardinelli)

Waking Life (Ed Gonzalez)

Hey, How Did They Dream That?: 'Waking Life'

Waking Life (ROGER EBERT)

Richard Linklaters Waking Life

Waking Life (Holly Willis)

Waking Life Reviewed