Maps that Show the Plotlines of Great Films

Tuesday April 30, 2019 Written by Genevieve

There are two kinds of movie-viewers in this world: the ones who manage to follow the plot, and those who are so incapable of keeping track that they ask, in loud, persistent stage-whispers, for the intricacies of the story to be explained to them.

Well, thanks to a new book that contains maps of the plotlines for 35 great films, the latter species of audience member may never again find themselves lost inside a film's landscape. 

And by ‘never’ we mean, ‘never as long as they're watching one of the films that illustrator Andrew DeGraff has turned into a Cinemap’.

In the context of DeGraff's book, cinemaps are spectacular visual aids that outline the twists and turns of 35 film plots. Included in the collection is North by Northwest, Fargo, Star Trek, Mad Max: Fury Road and a whole bunch of other classics, each rendered into a cartographical configuration of lines, colours and ‘land’ formations that represent the trajectory of the story.

“With these maps, we can view our favourite films from a fresh perspective,” the American artist explains, in his book Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies. “We can travel the familiar journeys in new and unfamiliar ways.”

Definitely a book for cinephiles, illustrationphiles, and cartographiles. Oh, and maybe also those folks who are prone to a bit of incessant, mid-movie plot-questioning. Ahem. 

Images (top-bottom): cover of Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies; map of Star Trek; Jurassic Park; Mad Max: Fury Road. Illustrated by Andrew DeGraff.