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Pattern Recognition

A magic-realist noir, PATTERN RECOGNITION recounts the story of a claims adjuster investigating a series of car accidents - and the bizarre supernatural connection they have in common.

Shot on 16mm and featuring music from the singular French composer Colleen, PATTERN RECOGNITION is told entirely through narration and evokes the images of the 1960s avant-garde to chronicle one man’s obsession with discovering what we see just before we die.

  • Andrew Eaton
  • Reagan Tankersley
    Key Cast
  • Andrew Eaton
  • Andrew Eaton
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  • Andrew Eaton
  • Andrew Eaton
  • Robert Moncrieff
    Production Assistance & Co-Producer
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  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Noir, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 7, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Andrew Eaton

A self-taught filmmaker with an academic background in Shakespearean theatre and improvised acting, Andrew Eaton has independently produced and directed various shorts, web series, a music video and a feature film in New York City and Austin, Texas.

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Director Statement

With PATTERN RECOGNITION, I was interested in showing the way we become fixated on finding meaning in the seemingly meaningless. I drew inspiration from the early films of Shirley Clarke and Chris Marker, particularly the way they montaged or abstracted urban landscapes to make the familiar feel alien.

The film was made as part of a 16mm analog filmmaking workshop, with two key obstructions: no synced sound and no known schedule. This meant that while I could lock the narration down in advance, shooting would be largely improvised. This was a wonderful opportunity to "write with the camera" and create a character out of New York City.