Allusion Pictures is an independent film house headed by Jon Navarro, Long Island University alumnus and SMPTE Award winning director behind the acclaimed films The Gypsy (2010), The Opposite of Romance (2013), Enlisted (aka One More Day) (2014) and Solëdad (2015). All of which feature a predominately Black and Latino cast and tell culturally relevant stories true to his experiences.
I worked on the brand identity of Allusion Pictures; the concepts for the logo being inspired by the definition of allusion: an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly.
Afterwards when I was first told by Jon about the idea that would blossom into The Republican (2017), I signed up as the film’s art director. The plot centers around a rising star in the GOP who’s set on shaking the system and disrupting the status quo. Yet an assassination plot unfolds and many secrets are unveiled.
It’s a film in the style of classic choose-your-own-adventure books where viewers can choose what happens in the story. If anyone asks about Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch came to be, Jon Navarro did it first.
Put in charge over the movie’s art direction, I was tasked with the responsibility of creating graphics needed for the production, ranging from Senator Ocasta’s presidential campaign banner, seen in the movie, to the stills for the movie’s companion app and supervising the team of graphic designers under me.