A highly styled animated horror film, Canvas, premiered at the Annecy Film Festival, and depicts the story of a demonic creature known to mankind as “The Painter.” We are pleased to provide the teaser. For the demon’s sake, it is imperative that the FBI agent George Rohan (Steve Key) keep the killings of the demon’s victims under wraps to avoid a public panic. Reila Martin (Isabel Ellison), an investigative journalist, discovers flaws in George’s tale and works relentlessly to uncover the truth. VOD release is scheduled on August 9th. The Painter, a strange crimson entity that uses the blood of its victims to paint, is presented to the audience right away in the trailer.
However, George and Reila are on opposing sides of the argument. A “Painter Defense Agency” assigns George to keep the demon a figment of George’s imagination. At the beginning of the trailer, Reila is looking into him because she wants to know the truth for the good of the people. It lays the groundwork for the film’s central conflict between the two parties’ rationales. Tense music and unusual visual design contribute to the trailer’s tense atmosphere by making everyone look untrustworthy and the city feels unwelcoming.
The presence of The Painter may be felt even if it is only shown at the beginning and finish of the video. It appears to have an impact on both Reila and George in an indirect way. George’s connection with his family worsens as he tries to protect the public from becoming aware of the impending danger that Reila is putting herself in. Director Ryan Guiterman, who previously directed the short dramedy Thunderstruck about a group of friends who return to their AC/DC cover band, returns with Canvas, his first full-length movie. He has also worked as an associate producer on the Travel Channel series Mysteries at the Museum, where he created a number of short films.
The Toronto Project and Script Awards gave him his first award recognition on the festival circuit, awarding him Best Experimental Feature alongside his star and co-producer Ellison for his current film. Additionally, Precariat Productions, the firm founded by Ryan Guiterman and Isabel Ellison, has produced the film. Eli Peck, Sam Encarnación, Marama Corlett, and Juan Francisco Villa complete the film’s cast. Betsy Shuller joined the production team alongside Guiterman and Ellison. After working together on Mysteries at the Museum, Shuller returns to Guiterman for her first feature picture role. On the 9th of August, Canva will be available on all digital video on demand (SVOD) platforms.