About Flicker Theory
For all the pomp around the fancy name and branding, Flicker Theory is really just one guy. It represents the film, television and photojournalism portfolio of Vancouver-based media multi-hyphenate Austin Andrews.
Austin’s editing portfolio includes theatrical feature films, TV spots for major international clients, and over thirty hours of series television.
His latest feature as editor, the 3D fantasy adventure film The Games Maker starring Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), was released on 1200 screens by Walt Disney Pictures in 2014, and scored Austin a nomination for Best Film Editing from Argentina’s Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in that country’s top film awards, the Premios Sur. Other recent films include the IFC thriller In Their Skin with Selma Blair (Hellboy) and James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas), and the globally shot CBC/NFB feature documentary Hue: A Matter of Colour. His television work counts episodes of A&E’s Emmy Award-winning Biography and the Lifetime TV movies Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever and the Bella Thorne-headlined Perfect High, which he also associate produced.
Austin’s acclaimed photojournalism work includes spot news and feature reportage on six continents.
Based for a year in Johannesburg, Austin documented ethnic clashes, World Cup preparations and South Africa’s fourth democratic elections for The Times newspaper. He also undertook long-term projects for the governments of South Africa and the European Union, and NGOs including Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the International Organization for Migration. Covering the war in Afghanistan in 2011, Austin profiled Canada’s role in the NATO-led ISAF military campaign in Kabul and Kandahar. While in Kabul, he also provided additional on-the-ground reporting and correspondence for BBC World News during the September terror attacks, and covered Afghanistan’s first-ever rock music festival for ABC Radio. His photo essay A Black Hole in the Rainbow Nation documented the plight of Zimbabwean refugees fleeing political and economic turmoil at home.
Other notable stories include the rebuilding of Burma after Cyclone Nargis and a book project looking at Mexico in its bicentenary of independence. His photography has appeared in magazines including Time, Foreign Policy and Maclean’s, and in the online edition of National Geographic.
Austin made his directing debut as a teenager with the acclaimed Australian family film How My Next Door Neighbour Discovered Life On Mars, which screened to festival audiences of two million on every continent and won over fifteen awards, including the prestigious Warner Roadshow Studios Queensland New Filmmaker of the Year award for Austin. His follow-up, the candy-coloured short Kite Circuit, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to strong notice from Variety and Film Threat. The ten minute film follows a cast of 27 through nine crisscrossing stories across one city block in the same one minute of time. Austin’s 2010 short Frog, starring Smallville‘s Allison Mack, brings a relationship into focus and back out again in one continuous six-block, two-neighbourhood steadicam shot, and premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Austin’s debut feature as director, the media satire Lord Jones is Dead, was filmed in Johannesburg as a Canadian-South African co-production. Released to select theatres in 2016, it was called “the Office Space of print journalism” by Hollywood North Magazine and “fun and clever” by Toronto Film Scene.
On the television side, he has directed commercials for clients including Samsung, Globalstar Australia, Rand Merchant Bank and New Zealand Career College, and episodes of Hollywood’s 10 Best This Week.
Austin’s VFX work includes stints on the feature films Final Destination 5 and Invictus; as VFX supervisor on the Lifetime TV movies A Mother’s Nightmare and Perfect High; and as supervisor for Flicker Theory alongside nine other vendors on The Games Maker.
A short list of clients for which Austin has designed branding and motion design includes Sony, LG, Flight Centre, Nescafé and HP.
Profile: Austin Andrews
The Lab Magazine (2009)
“Hack Without Borders”
triple J Radio Interview (2009)
The Technical Stuff
Avid Media Composer
Apple Final Cut Studio (ex. Motion)
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Photoshop Extended
Maxon Cinema 4D
RED offline/online workflows
Arri Alexa offline/online workflows