prime perfect

My film was inspired by artist Tony Conrad's 1965 film "The Ficker."

You will be sitting in the dark experiencing the unique pattern created by prime numbers.

The vast majority of the frames in this film are black.
The prime number frames (2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, … 8,123) are white and
the perfect number frames (6, 28, 496, and 8128) are red.

For the best experience view in a dark room at loud volume.

The stroboscopic nature of “prime perfect” provides an intense viewing experience that may be too intense for many festivals focusing on narrative films.

  • Tom Bessoir
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 10, 2016
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85 : 1
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Nevada International Film Festival
    Las Vegas NV
    United States
    December 6, 2018
    Best Experimental
Director Biography - Tom Bessoir

Tom was born and raised in the Astoria section of Queens in New York City in 1957. From there he commuted by subway to attended The Bronx High School of Science. Tom studied mathematics and electrical engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. While attending the Engineering School, he took advantage of Art School classes, focusing on film theory and studying experimental filmmaking with Robert Breer. In the late 1970s, he started photographing the downtown music scene. His photographs have appeared on dozens of records as well as in films, books, magazines, and newspapers.

Tom Bessoir’s experimental films often use mathematics to explore perception and the structure of film.

In the arts, Tom Bessoir is best known for Microfilm (1979), Digits of Pi (2019), and his photography documenting downtown NYC.

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Director Statement

After making experimental films on 16 mm in the 1970's and 1980's, I recently returned to filmmaking in the digital age.