In this article, the author considers the experimental animations of Jeff Scher in relation to the current obsessive quest for a total `reality effect' in much contemporary commercial computer animation. While Scher does not use a computer to create his works, he does extensively use a rotoscope, a device with a long and complex connection with the construction of illusionistic effects in animation. The author discusses Scher's unusual appropriation of rotoscoping techniques, his links with certain historical tendencies in avant-garde cinema, his interest in the relationship between the individual frame and the creation of movement in animation, and his reflexive engagement with fundamental principles of cognitive and visual perception.
- Romancing the Rotoscope: Self-Reflexivity and the Reality Effect in the Animations of Jeff Scher
- Independent Animation, Rotoshop and Communities of Practice: As Seen Through A Scanner Darkly
- Bob Sabiston in Conversation with Paul Ward
- The Rotoscopic Uncanny: Aku no Hana and the Aesthetic of Japanese Postmodernity