Comics are coming to life these days, on screens big and small. They’re pwning box offices in Hollywood and Flash-animated versions are ruling downloads in iTunes. So what to call them. Motion comics? Illustrated films? I asked the question aloud for Wired.com.
Post-Apocalyptic Comic Godkiller Emerges as Illustrated Film
Post-nuclear punk odyssey Godkiller is making the jump from indie comic book to “illustrated film” with engaging animation that merges sequential art, 3-D CGI and motion graphics. Which is different from a motion comic because … wait, how is it different again?
“It’s a purely aesthetic difference,” explained Matt Pizzolo, the Godkiller writer and filmmaker who founded indie studio Halo-8.
“In illustrated films, we drive the pace of the storytelling with the dramatic voice performances and the sound design, so that allows us to showcase the illustrations in a way where you can really take a moment to absorb the art in the same way you can when reading a comic book,” Pizzolo told Wired.com in an e-mail interview.
Godkiller, previewed in the exclusive clip above, is a horrific yarn of apocalypse, quantum physics, culture jamming and conspiracy theory. The illustrated film features voiceovers from sci-fi standouts like Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Millennium), Nicki Clyne (Battlestar Galactica), cult priestess Lydia Lunch and singers Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack and Davey Havok of A.F.I.
“Motion comics are closer to a form of ‘limited animation’ that uses comics as source material,” Pizzolo said. “Illustrated films are closer to the experimental cinema of Ralph Bakshi’s work, Chris Marker’s La Jetée or animation like Liquid Television.” MORE @ WIRED