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Uncanny Indexes: Rotoshopped Interviews as Documentary

This article considers the several animated interviews made by Bob Sabiston between 1997 and 2007, and the implications of considering these films as documentaries. The author argues that the films are liminal, discursive texts that negotiate tensions between reality and make-believe, observation and interpretation, and presence and absence. Textual analysis of the short films in question demonstrates an aesthetic presentation that confirms their documentary status at the same time as exploiting the expressionistic potential of Rotoshop. The nature of Rotoshop also emphasizes the absence of the physical body of the interviewee, replacing it with an excessively present style of animation. Other conventional markers of documentary authenticity and evidence, such as the visual index, are also absent in these films. These absences, coupled with the presence of an aesthetically liminal style of animation infer a pleasurably complex and challenging epistemological and phenomenological viewing experience.

  • Title (Japanese)
不気味な指標――ドキュメンタリーとしてのロトショップ・インタビュー
  • Publish Date
2012
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  • Publication
Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal
  • Publication Volume
7(1)
  • Publication Page Number
25-37
  • Publication’s Website
http://anm.sagepub.com/content/7/1/25.abstract
  • DOI
10.1177/1746847711428851
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