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The Thomase Beale Cipher
FAST CO. DESIGN
The filmmakers' design taste is impeccable on its own, but paired with their innovative animation—which transforms flat shapes into eerily lifelike characters whose photo-cutout eyes dart and flicker behind subtle lighting effects in tense "handheld shots"—the film feels like some kind of supernatural masterpiece.
MOTIONOGRAPHER
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.
GIZMODO
It has World War II intrigue. An unsolved puzzle hiding a historic fortune. A Rube Goldberg machine escape. And it's all gorgeously rotoscoped. The Thomas Beale Cipher, a short film by Andrew Allen, is worth your next ten minutes… the rotoscoping gives it a look that's not quite like anything else I've ever seen.
HEARWAX / Josh Schonblum
Combing a rather creative collage of animation styles into a visually stunning, sly, fast paced narrative about code breaking, espionage and treasure hunting, the short is clearly the start of something great.