Sabiston, Bob (Austin, TX)

Bob SabistonBob Sabiston and his company Flat Black Films have been making innovative animation since 1987. His student films from the MIT Media Lab included Grinning Evil Death and God’s Little Monkey. They were some of the first films to combine 2D and 3D computer animation. In 1997 Sabiston developed the computer-assisted rotoscoping technique for which Flat Black has become known. Dubbed “rotoshop”, it achieved international recognition through MTV and such films as RoadHead, Snack and Drink, Waking Life, and A Scanner Darkly. With each film they do, Flat Black Films strive to recast our world in a more beautiful and revealing light. As an accomplished graphics programmer, Bob also recently developed the iPhone mindmapping programs Headspace and Voxel. He will soon be releasing Inchworm, a paint /animation title for the Nintendo DSi.

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