Renaissance 2054 – Opens March 15…in France

February 27, 2006

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Dammit!!! I fucking hate encountering awesome looking movies that I can’t go see. In continuing the trend of having the majority of the good cyberpunk movies made outside the US, it looks like I’m going to have to lose out on seeing Renaissance 2054 for…um, God knows how long. This movie looks GREAT though. Here’s a few trailers:

 

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From a description on AWN:

“Renaissance is a futuristic animated thriller that’s filmed in motion capture, animated in 3D and rendered in flat black and white. In the year 2054 in Paris, police and the Avalon Corp. are trying to find a kidnapped researcher who holds knowledge that can transform the future of the human species altogether.”

 

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Anyone of you lucky Europeans who come here have an idea when this is coming to the states?

EDIT: I just found out that Renaissance 2054 is coming to the US this summer.

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Wired: Interview with Linklater on Scanner Darkly

February 24, 2006

 

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Wired has a pretty cool interview with Richard Linklater, director of Scanner Darkly, a new movie based on a Philip K. Dick novel. Linklater describes a number of the production issues, primarily centered around animation, that have delayed this picture from its original September 2005 target release date. The Rotoscoping technique they are using involves artists hand drawing a significant amount of the details, whereupon a software program fills in the rest. Apparently they had some significant issues in getting consistency out of the animation artists. Not surprisingly, additional problems arose out of usability issues with a highly customized software product.

Still, this movie looks interesting. Check out the trailer for Scanner Darkly if you haven’t seen it yet. I can’t wait for its July 7th release date!

 

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Also, Wired has a pretty fun top 10 list on why Keanu Reeves Rules for these kind of movies (like we didn’t already know that!).

 

This post has been filed under Upcoming Movies by SFAM.