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A Scanner Darkly
Episode 15021st April 2022 • Verbal Diorama • Verbal Diorama
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What does a scanner see? Into the head? Down into the heart? Does it see into me? Into us? Clearly or darkly? I hope it sees clearly because I can't any longer see into myself. I see only murk. I hope for everyone's sake the scanners do better, because if the scanner sees only darkly the way I do, then I'm cursed and cursed again.

Welcome to the 150th episode of Verbal Diorama, and an episode on two things this podcast is renowned for: animation and Keanu Reeves! Richard Linklater's 2006 movie A Scanner Darkly is based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Philip K. Dick, in turn based on his amphetamine addiction in the early '70s, and the resulting psychosis he experienced.

Making A Scanner Darkly using interpolated rotoscoped animation was the ideal choice for a dystopian, drug-fuelled movie that's so disassociated with reality. The live-action portion of the movie was filmed without incident, but when it came to the animation, time and budgetary concerns would cause the original senior animation team to walk out six months into production. They wanted more time and more money to finish the project. Rather than grant them their wish, the producers would fire and replace them...

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The 6th Annual Livestream for the Cure will take place May 19th - 21st over 45 hours, as creators from around the world come together to fight for hope - the hope of a future immune to cancer. Join me and other podcasters and content creators from across the world as we support Livestream for the Cure and raise $20,000 for the Cancer Research Institute. I'll be joining Nick on Livestream for the Cure on Saturday 21st May between 17:00-18:00 BST (12:00-13:00 Eastern US time / 09:00-10:00 Pacific US time).