Short of the Week

Introducing… Paper.

SOTW / March 29, 2012

A year ago, I released my film, The Thomas Beale Cipher, online. Since then, many have asked me ‘what’s next?’ Certainly another film seemed like the obvious next step. But I was interested in something else.

Fundamentally, I’m driven to help filmmakers and others tell their stories. With Short of the Week, we’re focused on revolutionizing the way new stories and new voices are discovered. But there’s another side to filmmaking that’s undergoing a major transformation—the ‘making’ side.

So last year, I formed a company called FiftyThree with a group of the industry’s top creators with the mission of building the essential tools for creating. With so much technology focused on execution, we wanted to build tools that get out of our way so we can focus on ideas and stories without having to search for the right drop-down menu.

Creativity > Productivity

Today, I wanted you all to know that we’re launching our first product, Paper—an iPad app. We think it’s the simplest, most beautiful way to create on the new iPad. It helps you capture ideas, notes, storyboards, character designs, wardrobe, and the myriad number of things involved in pre-production. Better yet, you can instantly share your ideas across the web to fan pages on Tumblr and Facebook.

Filmmaker, Qiao Li (2012 award-winner: Kitty & Lala), has been using an early version of Paper to plan and storyboard his next short film, XY_Z:Prologue—a post-apocalyptic sci-fi filmed north of Beijing.

Give Paper a try. And if you like it, give us a nice 5-star review.

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Andrew makes no attempt to hide his love for the magic art of animation. He appreciates compelling visuals but never forgets that in this modern age, a strong story always reigns supreme. You can see his work at andrewsallen.com or his latest film The Thomas Beale Cipher.
  • http://twitter.com/toscreenshots James McNally

    Looks beautiful, Andrew, but I’ll have to wait until I get home to download it. Do you know if it’s available outside of the USA?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondhi Jason Sondhi

    Most excellent, congrats Andrew!

  • http://twitter.com/DavidCarstens David Carstens

    Looking forward to using the app, but I had a difficult time tracking down a correct link. The iTunes link on this page leads to nothing, and searching for “Paper” on the App Store is fruitless- searched for “FiftyThree” turns up the correct link.

  • http://www.andrewsallen.com Andrew S Allen

    It is everywhere, James.

  • http://www.andrewsallen.com Andrew S Allen

    Fixed. Thanks for finding that, David.

  • Tamika S

    Hi, I just downloaded it and so far it’s really great and is amazing to use. I was just wondering though, if there is a way to export the images to the iPad photo library as opposed to putting them directly up on the net?

  • Tamika S

    Hi, I just downloaded it and so far it’s really great and is amazing to use. I was just wondering though, if there is a way to export the images to the iPad photo library as opposed to putting them directly up on the net?

  • http://twitter.com/kung_fuelvis kung_fuelvis

    An amazing app Andrew – absolutely love it.

  • http://www.shortoftheweek.com Short of the Week

    Thanks, El V. Might need to find a way to work a sketch into a review here on SOTW ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/klaus.gadeberg Klaus Gadeberg

    It took me about 30 seconds to get addicted to this beautiful new way of working.