The Masque of Blackness – Hand Drawn Animation – 2018 – 12′ 45″

The Masque of Blackness Re-Imagined by Epoh Beech (12′ 45″)  2018

Epoh Beech’s animated film ‘The Masque of Blackness’ (12′ 45″) (2018) reimagines and weaves together elements of Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness and Ben Jonson’s Jacobean play The Masque of Blackness. It has themes of moonlight, rivers and alchemical symbolism.

It was created over 7 years out of thousands of charcoal drawings, the animation explores the spirit of place to take you on a journey from West Africa to the Rivers Thames in London and Rhine in Northern Germany. Our guides on the journey are a time traveling grey seal called Hermes and Pegasus the mythological winged horse.

Credits

Drawing and Animation – Epoh Beech
Music – Esben Tjalve
Compositing and Digital Animation – Matthew Thomas
Additional Animation – Aleksandra Zareba – Zeltsch
Movement Reference Modelling – Julia Gillespie
Movement Reference Modelling – Douglas Faulkner
Editing and Sound Design – Matthew Thomas
Written by – Epoh Beech
Directed – Epoh Beech
Produced – Epoh Beech

Film Festival Awards and Official Selections 2019 – 2020

Winner – Best Animated Short Film – St Cloud Film Festival – Minnesota – US
Winner –  Best Animated Short Film – International Animation Film Festival Golden – Kuker Sofia, Bulgaria.
Winner – Best Animated UK Short Film – The  London International Motion Picture Awards UK
The Honourable Jury Special Mention for Animation – The Noida International Film Festival – India
Nomination for Best International Short Film – The Irish Animation Awards – Ireland
Nomination for Best Animation – The Crystal Palace International Film Festival – UK
Nomination for Best Animation – Underwire Film Festival – London – UK
Nomination for Best Animation – and Best Art Film – New Renaissance FiIm Festival Amsterdam
Nomination for Best Animation – Lebanese Independent Film Festival – Beirut
Nomination for Best Animation – Portobello Film Festival – London UK
Official Selection for Screening – Cinequest International Film Festival – California US
Official Selection for Screening – RiverRun International Film Festival – North Carolina – US
Official Selection for Screening – Brooklyn Film Festival – New York – US
Official Selection for Screening – The Berlin Short Film Festival – Germany
Official Selection for Screening at Panorama – The Melbourne International Animation Festival – Australia
Official Selection for Screening – Athens Animfest – Athens – Greece
Official Selection for Screening  – Soho International Film Festival New York – US

Exhibitions and Outdoor Screenings 2018 – 2020

Graphic Art Weekend Screening in Joseph Beuys Archive Museum – Museum Schloss Moyland – Moyland Germany – November 2019
The Masque of Blackness – Kunstverein Projektraum – Bahnhof 25 Kleve, Germany – 18th May – 9th June 2019 and Outdoor Screenings in Kleve -18th and 25th May 2019

Kunstverein – Projektraum Bahnhof 25 – Kleve, May – June 2019

The Masque of Blackness – Gallery 46, London E1 2AJ   6th September – 6th October 2018 and Outdoor Screenings at The National Theatre Flytower, South Bank, London – 27th-29th September 2018

The Masque of Blackness – National Theatre Flytower – Outdoor Screening 2018

The Masque of Blackness at the National Theatre Lyttelton Flytower – 27th September – 3 minute film of the event – Live Music by Esben Tjalve

The Masque of Blackness – The National Theatre Lyttelton Flytower from Epoh Beech on Vimeo.

Stills from the hand drawn animation The Masque of Blackness,  (12 minutes 45 seconds)