An Illustrator (Frank) discovers that his drawings are coming to life. These manifestations of Frank’s imagination lead him through a dark path down memory lane.
Imagination can be a real powerful thing. In The Illustrator Director Quentin Ransohoff uses suspense with a touch of science fiction to explore the depth tolls that psychological and emotional imagination can have on the human mind. This film is about Frank, an illustrator who discovers that his drawings are coming to life. These manifestations of his imagination lead him through a dark path down memory lane. What happens to him next leads to a riveting twist that will send shivers down your spine.
My favorite filmmakers are John Carpenter and Rod Sterling. John carpenter’s films have many plot twists that reveal psychological, sociological and sometimes supernatural nuances. Rod Sterling, I believe is the early master of short form story telling. This short is my attempt at assimilating the styles of these two filmmakers into my own work. This is now the third film I have made on a micro-budget. I hope to be able to gain enough support to raise necessary funds for future projects.
The Illustrator builds on strong character development, but also leaves things a little hazy so that the viewers can make up their own minds – at least for a little while. While imaginations turn into hallucinations, Quentin’s attention to character progression becomes the direct deterioration of Frank’s sanity. If that’s not enough, the film surprises us with further twists and turns to finally let the suspense run further than the film’s runtime.