The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray is an innovative and gripping literary adaptation, a graduation animated eight-minute short film by Thomas Beg at England’s UCA Rochester. Adapting the Oscar Wilde classic, Thomas Beg has crafted a short film that is in the running for best of the year. The visual presentation of this familiar story is what sets Beg’s adaptation apart: the use of beautiful, visually intricate black-and-white tableaus, the novel portrait mode framing and his choice of creating a story about human characters with no actual character animation.

For those unfamiliar with the story, The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde’s only published novel, released in 1891. Dorian Gray is gazing upon a completed portrait of himself when it strikes him as tragic that he will grow old, while the portrait will forever capture him in the bloom of youth. If only it were reversed. Suddenly it is so, and the story follows the moral degradation of Gray after this supernatural event.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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