“The Thomas Beale Cipher”

Fast Company introduces us to “The Thomas Beale Cipher,” which …

tells the “true legend” of a fictional World War II codebreaker who gets roped into intrigues surrounding the eponymous cipher — “a century-old riddle hiding the location of a fortune in gold that has tormented its pursuers since inception.” The Beale ciphers are real, but may have been an elaborate hoax. No matter: the film’s ingenious rotoscoped animation — created by a cadre of graphic designers-turned-animators — creates an immersive “tweed noir” world out of what looks like old newspaper clippings, scratched filmstrips, and scraps of vintage clothing.

Stunning Short Film About WWII Spying Reinvents Low-Tech Animation | Co.Design

The link features the entire 10 minute film. Definitely worth the detour.


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