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We see many examples of artistic works with map designs. Illustrator and popular cultural cartographer Andrew DeGraff designs detailed maps that outline the movements of characters in cult films. DeGraff draws on paper with gouache and ink, meticulously. Small maps are completed in 50-80 hours and the largest ones in 600-1000 hours.

Andrew DeGraff began his series Cinemaps in 2011. He has even published a book with his maps of Back to the Future, King Kong, Madness, Cheap Novels and other cult films: Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies.

Before designing the maps, he watches the movies carefully several times and creates a flow chart, noting each scene, each journey of the character. He then creates a reference file using film photographs, behind-the-scenes shots of sets, and resources like Google Earth. Then he prepares the map sketch with pencil and starts to color.

You can follow Andrew DeGraff’s work on Instagram and see map preparation sketches from his posts.

The Wizard of Oz

Guardians of Galaxy

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The Shining

Lord of the Rings


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

The Silence of the Lambs