The story itself is based on a set of three cipher texts that date back to the 1820s. Everything from the concept, styling and paper texturing of each piece makes this short film, which feels very film noir, beautifully depicted and a must see. You can view more about the project at www.andrewsallen.com.
Update Nov 10th, 2010: The Thomas Beale Cipher: Official Trailer on Vimeo
images from Andrew S. Allen