Cool Stuff: Cinemaps and Down Time Art from Gallery1988

Gallery1988 art show

We showed you a few pieces from artist Andrew DeGraff‘s forthcoming Cinemaps book just a few days ago, but more of his unique cinematic maps that trace the journeys of pop culture characters have been unveiled. Plus, artists Glen Brogan and Luke Flowers have teamed for a collection called Down Time that imagines what some of your favorite film, TV, and comics characters do when they’re kicking back and relaxing, and the results are delightful.

Join us below and take a look at a few of our favorite pieces from these new Gallery1988 art shows.
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Cinemaps Art Show

Everyone here at /Film loves artwork created in honor of our favorite movies and TV shows. One of our favorite artists is undoubtedly Andrew DeGraff, best known for creating a series of creations that have come to be called Cinemaps.

The Cinemaps series follows the paths of characters as they traverse around the various settings of their stories, tracing their path throughout cinematic locations. In honor of a new Cinemaps book collecting some of Andrew DeGraff’s work, Gallery 1988 is hosting an art show featuring a bunch of new pieces, including maps for Guardians of the Galaxy and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. You can check both of the pieces out from the Cinemaps art show them out below. Read More »

Cinemaps

Have you ever wanted to live inside a fantastical movie? Or at the very least, have a better understanding of the geography of the landscape presented in films? Philadelphia based artist Andrew DeGraff has found a way to transport you directly into the terrain of your favorite films with gorgeous hand-painted maps. And now he has a hardcover book collecting those maps in one place, Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies. See the details of Cinemaps below.

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Andrew DeGraff Lord of the Rings

The best movie posters transport us into their world. In a single image, they sum up the characters, settings and emotions of a two hour movie. Most posters do this pretty easily, with a crucial image or actor from the movie, but others take the long way. For example, by literally mapping out the entire path of every character in a movie in one image.

Philadelphia based artist Andrew DeGraff does exactly that. He watches a movie, hand draws and paints all the locations, then guides each character via a specifically colored line, from location to location. At the end, you’re left with a stunningly detailed representation of an entire movie. Andrew DeGraff maps the movies.

In the past, DeGraff has done this with the Star Wars trilogy, the Indiana Jones trilogy and more. Saturday March 29, he’ll open his second solo show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles called Cartography. This time, he’s mapped out films such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Princess Bride, The Breakfast Club, Alien, The Shining, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Below, see a few of the images from the show and read more about DeGraff’s process.

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Star Wars Weekends

Exclusive merchandise, essential Star Wars stories and Episode VII what-ifs. Read about it all in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Check out the limited Star Wars merchandise available during Disney’s Star Wars Weekends.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles will continue later this year.
  • Rumor has it digital versions of the full Star Wars saga will be made available this winter.
  • In case you forgot, all of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is now on Netflix including The Lost Episodes.
  • Dave Filoni calls the final episodes of The Clone Wars “very important to understanding the overall saga.”
  • Previously sold out Star Wars maps by artist Andrew DeGraff are back on sale from Gallery 1988.
  • Jon Favreau would have done Star Wars Episode VII… if anyone had asked him.

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You always remember the first moment you fall in love with an artist’s work. The first time you watch a movie or listen to an album and realize, “I’m going to follow this person for years to come.” That moment happened for me with artist Andrew DeGraff on July 9, 2010 at the opening of Gallery 1988’s fourth Crazy 4 Cult show.

In that show, DeGraff had a huge series of pieces featuring the distinctive outfits of each member of The Goonies, all framed around what appeared to be a treasure map. However, the more you looked at the map, you realized this wasn’t just a map. It was the movie. The work featured all the film’s locations linked by dotted lines of how each character weaved their way through the film. It was (and remains) amazing. Since then, the illustrator has done similar work at the gallery for Shaun of the Dead, North by Northwest and now, he’s created some new maps for his upcoming two person show with fellow artist Bennett Slater.

Andrew DeGraff & Bennett Slater’s gallery show opens Saturday January 5th at Gallery 1988 Melrose in Los Angeles and we’re proud to debut DeGraff’s maps for the original Star Wars trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Check them out, as well as some beautiful paintings by Slater, after the jump. Read More »

Aside from the addition of 3D, this week’s rerelease of James Cameron‘s Titanic promises to be just as you remembered — unless, perhaps, you’re a bit of an astronomy geek. After prodding from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director has made one small edit to his 1997 film concerning the star formation during the sinking of the ship. While most filmmakers probably wouldn’t concern themselves with such a seemingly minor detail, Cameron’s famed perfectionism compelled him to make the change. Read more after the jump.

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Cool Stuff: Crazy 4 Cult 5 Preview #2

This Friday, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles will hold the fifth Crazy 4 Cult art show, an annual exhibition which I’ve called the super bowl of pop culture art.  The great guys at G1988 have given me a bunch of art from the show to premiere on the site. We posted part one here.

After the jump you will find part two of our preview, which includes /Film favorite Tom Whalen‘s tribute to The Shining, Bruce White‘s Ghostbusters-inspired black velvet painting, Eric Braddock‘s awesome One-Eyed Willie Goonies illustration, and more. So what are you waiting for?

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