It is looking more and more like next weekend’s C2E2 convention is going to be a huge day for horror fans. Yesterday we brought you the news of the planned “THE LONG KNIVES” illustrated film from production company Halo 8, and today we have gotten word that they will be working with fan favorites Tim Seeley (“HACK/SLASH”, “LOADED BIBLE”) and Ben Templesmith (“30 DAYS OF NIGHT”, “CHOKER”)! Read on for all the news PLUS get a special look at the teaser trailer for the full length feature of “GODKILLER” that will also be premiering at the convention (Starring Genre Vets Danielle Harris, Bill Moseley, and Lance Henriksen!) Read on for the skinny.
“Ben Templesmith, Tim Seeley join Halo-8 panel at C2E2
Los Angeles, CA, April 8, 2010 – C2E2 has announced Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night) and Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) will join Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller) and FJ DeSanto (producer The Spirit, upcoming The Shadow) for the panel “Halo-8: Illustrated Films & Comics” at 7:45pm on Friday April 16. The panel will immediately be followed by the world premiere screening of the Godkiller feature film. According to Halo-8 reps, numerous yet-to-be-announced projects will be unveiled, including never-before-seen art.
Ben Templesmith has not previously been attached to any Halo-8 projects, so his involvement implies a major new announcement will take place at the panel.
Tim Seeley’s Loaded Bible: Jesus vs. Vampires has been in production at the studio for several months.
“When I first discovered Halo-8 and their approach to entertainment, I knew I’d found a kindred spirit,” said Seeley. “They make the kinds of films they want, they don’t answer to a major studio, and they know how to use technology and make it work for them.”
At WonderCon’s Halo-8 panel last week, Pizzolo was asked to explain the difference between motion comics and illustrated films.
“Motion comics are awesome,” said Pizzolo, “but they blend cartoons with comic books, whereas our ill-films blend cinema with graphic novels. The motion animation we do is important, but ill-films focus more on cinematic motions of sweeping pans and dolleying… we do a sort of camera movement through the illustrated world. The pace in an ill-film is driven by the sound design and voice performances like a radio play. I started as a playwright and in a play you can enjoy it just as much with your eyes closed. What excites me about the format as a comic book fan is that, since the ill-film is more about cinematic storytelling and less about adding motion, the viewer can still take a moment to fully absorb each illustration. And then sometimes we break out of that format into CGI for some badass action sequences.”
Also during the WonderCon panel, Pizzolo revealed his next illustrated-film will be a giallo horror called The Long Knives.
Immediately following the panel, C2E2 will present the world premiere of Godkiller, starring genre-heroes Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Danielle Harris (Halloween 4, 5, I, II), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Nicki Clyne (Battlestar Galactica), Tiffany Shepis (Night of the Demons), alt-culture icon Lydia Lunch (Hardcore), and rockstars Justin Pierre (singer of Motion City Soundtrack) and Davey Havok (singer of AFI).
Based on the comic book writer-director Matt Pizzolo created with illustrator Anna Muckcracker, GODKILLER takes place in a dark-future after economic collapse, after nuclear holy war, and after Earth is colonized by alien races. Tommy and his kid sister Lucy live in an orphanage in one of the few remaining city-states, but Lucy is critically ill and desperately in need of a new heart. Tommy’s odyssey to find a new heart for his sister begins when he follows an organ-stealing prostitute named Halfpipe out of the city-state and into the savage borderland known as Outer City. GODKILLER mixes unforgiving brutality, quantum physics, conspiracy theory, and secret history for an iconoclastic hero’s journey like none before it.
About The “GODKILLER” ‘Illustrated Film’…
The ‘illustrated film’ Pizzolo, Muckcracker, and Giberson are creating for the adaption mixes elements of anime, radio drama, video games, and motion comics. Utilizing the original artwork from the comic book, the ‘illustrated film’ adds motion animation, visual effects, elaborate sound design, music, and voice-acting performances.
Pizzolo explained “when we decided to make an anime adaptation of the comic book, I couldn’t see how a traditional animated approach would do justice to Anna’s incredibly lush and detailed illustrations. It made perfect sense to adapt the medium to suit her art, rather than vice versa.”
Starring the voice talents of:
Lance Henriksen as Mulciber
Danielle Harris as Halfpipe
Justin Pierre as Tommy
Nicki Clyne as Soledad
Davey Havok as Dragos
Tiffany Shepis as Angelfuck
Bill Moseley as Dr. West
Katie Nisa as Rose
Lydia Lunch as Bub
“GODKILLER” Teaser Trailer…
C2E2 Starts Next Friday, April 16th, In Chicago Illinois!