Pickman's Model

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Description: 1st Place Winner of the 2012 Horror Fest. It's been four years since my last Lovecraft-inspired film ("the Shadow Over Innsmouth, 2008). So I thought it time to revisit another of his works. "Pickman's Model" is one of his very short stories about a man relating his tale in apparently a telephone conversation--since we hear only his responses to another man's questions but never hear the other person's dialogue. This would make for a rather visually-uninteresting film, so I expanded upon the story and characters to make a more cinematic movie. For you Lovecraft purists, I hope you'll forgive my indulgence. This film, like many of my others, has a meaning behind it--with a message slipped in between the shocks and screams and carnage. If you're one of those who'd like to try to puzzle it out for yourself, then please stop reading this and jump to the film, and come back after the viewing. Otherwise, read on... I've always had difficulty coming to grasp with the concept of instant redemption which so many of our religions (and other institutions) provide. Take for example the condemned machete murderer sent to the electric chair or whatever other means of exiting this realm; he has a priest or minister with him, and if the condemned asks the reverand if he'll go to heaven if he truly repents, the answer from the clergyman will invariably be "yes, if you truly repent." Well, I think most of us in that predicament would truly repent. Yes, we'd regret killing off all those teenage party-loving campers if it meant being spared an eternity in a flaming afterlife. However, what if the murderer had never been caught? Would he now be repentant and deserving of a new lease on life (or afterlife)? Or would he instead be merrily working on victim 36? Call me jaded, but I think most likely the latter. Now don't get me wrong, I do believe a few truly do turn over a new leaf and are deserving of redemption, but even then it'll be a long uphill struggle for atonement. So...how does this relate to this film? SPOILER ALERT Pickman is portrayed as a monster in this tale. He's a ghoul--not a cadaver-eating critter in the traditional sense, but a fiend who thrives on the death of his fellow man. Not only does he make a living painting the deaths of others, but it is his passion in life. It's his reason for living, and he feels no need to put an end to it. Incidentally, if you notice his studio home, it is filled with empty easels which resemble crosses; the stark lighting casts additional crosses upon the walls. The imagery resembles that of a field of grave markers. The home of a ghoul is, after all, the cemetery. In the end, Pickman seeks redemption by saving the life of his companion. However, Pickman knows he will die anyways if he attempts to escape with his comrade. So is it truly an act worthy of redemption? Pickman's motivation is to have his compatriot survive to tell his story and write of his honor and sacrifice. He even reminds not to mention his hated competitor's name in the article. So his intentions are not truly honorable, and neither is his sacrifice since he knows he'll die either ways. He figures he might as well die with glory and with an act which pardons his life as a monster. In keeping with my message, he is denied that glory at least. END SPOILERS Thanks go out again to you, my viewers, whose support inspire and motivate me to continue with my own passion. Thanks also to Nahton for making the easels for me, and Writerly for making Pickman's actual model. Many of the horrific paintings featured in this movie were created for this project by Nayazu Zyanya (who incidentally created my studio logo animation many years ago). Also, a word of thanks to my music maestro Darin Cohen--may your muse never fail you. VOICE PERFORMERS/CAST Macwemyss as Thurber A_N_D as Pickman Mel Ein as Mel Rosworth Kuroken as Elliot Nahton as the Radio Announcer Animator Cathy as Lucy Rosworth Bezzer as Pickman's #1 Fan
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