Andrew S. Allen: The Thomas Beale Cipher


There’s a lot of striking moments in Andrew S. Allen‘s “The Thomas Beale Cipher“. I love the re-purposed textures (herringbone fabric and washed-out wood), the grainy whisps of wrapping light, and the clever mix of rotoscoped footage with abstract design.

For more of his work, check out the 2010 Anchorage International Film Festival Opener. No collage here, but the high contrast, punchy colors and moody compositions will be familiar.

Found at the excellent Short of the Week as part of their new “Short of the Week Presents” program, which plans to feature short films that have never been online before and help to coordinate their digital launch. Bravo!

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  • Thanks for posting this!

  • fantastic film and very haunting visuals!.. bravo..

  • wow this was really spectacular. Best use of roto i’ve seen in a very very long time!