Matt Pizzolo and Ben Templesmith’s ‘Black Sky’

13 12 2010

BLACK SKY: The Illustrated Film, coming soon from creator/illustrator Ben Templesmith (’30 Days of Night’) & director Matt Pizzolo (‘Godkiller’). Set in the future, a band of soldiers face a ‘strange, new enemy’, which possibly draws inspiration from the work of H.P. Lovecraft. I’m particularly impressed with the use of lighting effects in ‘Black Sky’, which add an extra sense of vitality and depth to Templesmith’s illustrated artwork. The addition of a Nine Inch Nails soundtrack adds to the general sense of impending doom.

The following excerpt from states Pizzolo’s aims for the project

“Also planned to be released as a comic book, Black Sky is a project that Pizzolo hopes will define the difference between existing drawings ported to the “motion comic” format and original, specially made “illustrated films.””

Pizzolo is certainly pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with static illustrated artwork, and the scope of what he and Templesmith are trying to accomplish, in terms of long format filmmaking, must be applauded.

Additional links:

Black Sky Teaser from Halo-8 Entertainment on Vimeo.


Upcoming interviews with motion comic creators

12 12 2010

I realise that I’ve been pretty quiet over the past few weeks. I’ve been busy writing a draft of the latest chapter in my motion comics thesis, which looks at the thorny issue of adaptation. I’ve been particularly fortunate in that some of the pioneers in the motion comics field have agreed to take part in some questionnaires and interviews that I set up and I hope to feature them in the new year.