If you’re on the fence about seeing director Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly, you might want to check out on online sneak peek at the IGN FilmForce website. In a bold move, Warner Independent Pictures has allowed the site to post the first 24 minutes of the film, which was animated with the interpolated rotoscoping technique Linklater used on his 2002 cult favorite, Waking Life. But as you’ll see from the online footage, the technology is used to create a different effect this time around.
A Scanner Darkly opened in select cities on July 7 and rolled out wider this past weekend, landing in the top-ten with nearly $1.2 million from just $216 theaters across North America. Based on that success, the film should continue to find its way into more venues over then next couple of weeks.
To view the beginning of the movie, go to http://media.filmforce.ign.com/media/670/670907/vids_1.html. There, you’ll also find downloadable interviews with Linklater and stars Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Rory Cochrane.
While you’re online checking out trippy stuff, you can also catch the trailer for The Science of Sleep, the new film from Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). The live-action dramedy features some cool stop-motion animation special effects, as you can see from the trailer here: www.apple.com/trailers/warner_independent_pictures/thescienceofsleep/large.html.