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Waking Life

DVD Cover
Directed by Richard Linklater
Produced by Tommy Pallotta
Jonah Smith
Anne Walker-McBay
Palmer West
Written by Richard Linklater
Starring Trevor Jack Brooks (voice)
Lorelei Linklater (voice)
Wiley Wiggins (voice)
Timothy Levitch (voice)
Alex Jones (voice)
Music by Glover Gill
Cinematography Richard Linklater
Tommy Pallotta
Editing by Sandra Adair
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Released January 23, 2001
Running time 99 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

Waking Life is a digitally rotoscoped and animated film, directed by Richard Linklater and made in 2001. The entire film was shot using digital video and then a team of artists using computers drew stylized lines and colors over each frame. This is similar in some respects to the rotoscope style of 1970s filmmaker Ralph Bakshi. This is a DVD cover. ... Richard Linklater (born July 30, 1961, in Houston, Texas, USA) is an American film director and writer. ... Richard Linklater (born July 30, 1961, in Houston, Texas, USA) is an American film director and writer. ... Wiley Ramsey Wiggins (November 6th, 1976 in Austin, Texas) is an American film actor and blogger. ... Alex Jones Alexander Emerick Jones (born February 11, 1974) is an American radio host and video producer. ... Richard Linklater (born July 30, 1961, in Houston, Texas, USA) is an American film director and writer. ... Pictures logo. ... January 23 is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A rotoscope is a device that enables animators to trace live action movement, frame by frame, for use in animation. ... Richard Linklater (born July 30, 1961, in Houston, Texas, USA) is an American film director and writer. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2001. ... Rotoscoping is a technique where animators trace live action movement, frame by frame, for use in animated cartoons. ... Ralph Bakshi is a director of animated and occasionally live-action films. ...

In a broad scope, Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent dreamlike state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like appearance and reality, free will, our relationships with others, and the meaning of life. Along the way the film touches on other topics including existentialism, posthumanism, and the film theory of André Bazin. The young man eventually comes to the realization that he is dreaming and that he is unable to wake up. By the end of the film, he fears that he might be dead. Philosopher in Meditation (detail), by Rembrandt Philosophy is a field of study that includes diverse subfields such as aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, logic, and metaphysics, in which people ask questions such as whether God exists, whether knowledge is possible, and what makes actions right or wrong. ... Reality in everyday usage means everything that exists. The term Reality, in its widest sense, includes everything that is, whether it is observable, accessible or understandable by science, philosophy, theology or any other system of analysis. ... Free will is the philosophical doctrine that holds that our choices are ultimately up to ourselves. ... The philosophical question What is the meaning of life? means different things to different people. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... In literary and critical theory, posthumanism, meaning beyond humanism, is a European emergent philosophy and is the dominant secular, rational humanist philosophy. ... André Bazin on the cover of the third volume of the original edition of Quest-ce que le cinéma? André Bazin (April 18, 1918–November 11, 1958) was a renowned and influential French film critic and film theorist. ...


Unsurprisingly, given the above themes and content, Waking Life is much more focused on dialogue (often even monologue) than on plot action. In this emphasis, it echoes the 1981 film My Dinner with Andre. Long scenes in Waking Life consist of nothing but head shots of characters while they expound on some philosophical idea, sometimes illogically; the characters and their speech are very reminiscent of Linklater's earlier cult classic, Slacker. (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy even appear as their characters from Linklater's Before Sunrise.) 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... My Dinner with Andre is a 1981 movie starring Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, written by Gregory and Shawn, and directed by Louis Malle. ... Richard Linklater (born July 30, 1961, in Houston, Texas, USA) is an American film director and writer. ... Slacker (1991) is an influential American independent film directed by Richard Linklater. ... Ethan Hawke Ethan Green Hawke (born November 6, 1970) is an American actor, writer and film director. ... Julie Delpy, 2003 press photo Julie Delpy (born December 21, 1969) is a French actress. ... Before Sunrise (1995) is a drama film directed by Richard Linklater and written by Linklater and Kim Krizan. ...


Adding to the dream-like effect, the film used an innovative animation technique. Animators overlaid live action footage (shot by Linklater) with animation that roughly approximates the images actually filmed. A variety of artists were employed, so the feel of the movie continually changes. The result is a surreal, shifting dreamscape. Kay Sage. ...


The animators used relatively inexpensive "off-the-shelf" Apple Macintosh computers (as opposed to the expensive supercomputers and computer clusters used by Pixar and DreamWorks). The film was mostly produced using Rotoshop, a rotoscoping tool that creates blends between keyframe vector shapes, and created specifically for the production by Bob Sabiston. The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh, or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... A supercomputer is a computer that leads the world in terms of processing capacity, particularly speed of calculation, at the time of its introduction. ... Linux Cluster at Purdue University. ... Pixar Animation Studios is an award-winning American computer-generated imagery (CGI) animation firm based in Emeryville, California (USA). ... The DreamWorks Animation logo, an angling boy sitting on the Moons crescent DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. ... A rotoscope is a device that enables animators to trace live action movement, frame by frame, for use in animation. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...


Nominated for numerous awards, mainly for its technical achievements, Waking Life won the National Society of Film Critics award for "Best Experimental Film", the New York Film Critics Circle award for "Best Animated Film", and the "CinemAvvenire" award at the Venice Film Festival for "Best Film". It was also nominated for the Golden Lion, the festival's main award. New York Film Critics Circle Awards are given annually to honor excellence in cinema worldwide by an organization of film reviewers from New York City-based publications. ... The Venice Film Festival (it: Mostra Internazionale dArte Cinematografica) is the oldest Film Festival in the World (began in the 1932) and takes place every year in late August/early September on the Lido di Venezia in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi, in Venice, Italy. ...


The soundtrack was performed and written by Glover Gill and the Tosca Tango Orchestra, except for one piece written by Frédéric Chopin, and was relatively successful. Featuring the nuevo tango style, it bills itself "the 21st Century Tango". Soundtrack refers to the recorded sound accompanying a visual medium such as a motion picture, television show, or video game. ... Frédéric François Chopin as portrayed by Eugène Delacroix in 1838. ... Nuevo tango or Tango nuevo is a form of music, which was born as elements of jazz and classical music were incorporated into traditional Argentinian tango. ...


References in Pop Culture

There is a Sealab 2021 episode titled "Waking Quinn." Sealab 2021 was an American comedy animated television series shown on Cartoon Networks adult-oriented programming block, Adult Swim. ...


See also

Films directed by Richard Linklater
It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books | Slacker | Dazed and Confused | Before Sunrise | subUrbia | The Newton Boys | Waking Life | Tape | School of Rock | Before Sunset | Bad News Bears | A Scanner Darkly | Fast Food Nation

Dream art is any form of art directly based on material from dreams, or using dream-like qualities. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: Lucid Dreaming Lucid dreaming is the conscious perception of ones state while dreaming, resulting in a much clearer (lucid) experience and usually enabling direct control over the content of the dream. ... Wiley Ramsey Wiggins (November 6th, 1976 in Austin, Texas) is an American film actor and blogger. ... Richard Linklater (born July 30, 1961, in Houston, Texas, USA) is an American film director and writer. ... Its Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books is the first feature film by Richard Linklater, filmed on 16 mm and edited at a radio station, with Linklater starring and handling all production duties. ... Slacker (1991) is an influential American independent film directed by Richard Linklater. ... For the UK style magazine, see Dazed & Confused (magazine) Dazed and Confused is a 1993 American movie written and directed by Richard Linklater. ... Before Sunrise (1995) is a drama film directed by Richard Linklater and written by Linklater and Kim Krizan. ... Suburbia is a movie written and directed by Penelope Spheeris (The Decline of Western Civilization) about suburban punks who run away from home. ... The 1998 dramatic film The Newton Boys stars Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, Ethan Hawke, and Vincent DOnofrio. ... Tape is a 2001 drama film directed by Richard Linklater and written by Stephen Belber based on his play of the same name. ... School of Rock (2003) is a comedy film starring Jack Black. ... Before Sunset (2004), is the sequel to Before Sunrise (1995). ... Bad News Bears is a remake of the 1976 movie The Bad News Bears, produced by Paramount Pictures. ... A Scanner Darkly is a 2006 film by Richard Linklater starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey Jr. ... Fast Food Nation, paperback edition Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (2001) is a book by Eric Schlosser, first serialized by Rolling Stone in 1999. ...

External links

Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to:
Waking Life
  • The Official Waking Life website
  • Waking Life at The Internet Movie Database
  • Anatomy of a Scene:  Waking Life, from the Sundance Channel website
  • Fan site - Screenplay and hundreds of excellent pictures
  • Waking Life Script - Transcript of the entire movie, based upon the first transcript by Tara Carreon, but with numerous revisions and corrections
  • Glovertango - The official website of film's composer Glover Gill.

  Results from FactBites:
 
Waking Life - Rotten Tomatoes (860 words)
In order to 'get' Waking Life, you have to think of it less as a movie than as a philosophy lecture that's been animated.
Although Waking Life is likely to be described as a hallucinogenic, free associative 'trip,' its secret is a very tight structure, and a series of deliberate choices.
Waking Life" tells us not to be afraid to think the big thoughts, not be dulled by our daily tasks.
Waking Life - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (718 words)
Waking Life is a digitally rotoscoped and animated film, directed by Richard Linklater and made in 2001.
Long scenes in Waking Life consist of nothing but head shots of characters while they expound on some philosophical idea, sometimes illogically; the characters and their speech are very reminiscent of Linklater's earlier cult classic, Slacker.
Waking Life Script - Transcript of the entire movie, based upon the first transcript by Tara Carreon, but with numerous revisions and corrections.
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