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Uncanny Indexes: Rotoshopped Interviews as Documentary

Honess Roe, A (2012) Uncanny Indexes: Rotoshopped Interviews as Documentary Animation, 7 (1). 25 - 37. ISSN 1746-8477

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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.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > School of Arts > Dance, Film and Theatre
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Date : March 2012
Identification Number : 10.1177/1746847711428851
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Honess Roe A (2012). Uncanny Indexes: Rotoshopped Interviews as Documentary. Animation 7(1):25-37. Available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 11 May 2012 12:06
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 19:13

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