This is a sizzle reel we put together for Godkiller to showcase the illustrated-film style at a transmedia panel.

Starring Lance Henriksen, Davey Havok, Danielle Harris, Bill Moseley, Lydia Lunch, Katie Nisa, Tiffany Shepis, Justin Pierre, Nicki Clyne. Illustrated by Anna Muckcracker. Created/directed by Matt Pizzolo.

For this project we designed a new transmedia filmmaking format called “illustrated film” where we simultaneously create sequential art for a comic book and an animated movie. The animation is strange, but that’s the point… and it occasionally breaks out of the sequential art into full 3D-CGI when we think that benefits the story. The goal of illustrated film is to create an adaptable, innovative format where we can experiment with very transgressive stories for small audiences. This isn’t designed to be accessible for everyone, quite the reverse.

We developed this format around the same time Warner Brothers was developing the Watchmen Motion Comic. I dig motion comics, but the key difference is kind of like the difference between a movie shot in 3D and a 2D movie with a 3D post-conversion… we’re not repurposing comics as animation, we’re creating something new, different, & weird from the ground up.

“A horrific yarn of apocalypse, quantum physics, culture jamming & conspiracy theory.” (-Scott Thill, Wired)

“Pizzolo sprinkles a little of everything naughty and twisted into this story and the result is an unpredictable adventure/horror/sci-fi/porno mash-up that is definitely not for kids, but it’s damn cool… The terrors and debauchery in GODKILLER have to be seen to be believed… Looked at from a distance, this is a fairy tale about a boy on a quest to save someone he cares about, but as one becomes invested in this film, it drags you through the gutter that is Outer City and relishes in the filth that goes on in its winding streets and wretched alleyways. Pizzolo’s story really pulls the reader through the shit and on the side of Tommy so we care about this adventure and root for the innocent kid to make it out of this hell alive…. Muckcracker shows a talent for both design and dramatic angles resulting in a film that sucks you in and makes you feel filthy for being there. GODKILLER is one of those stories which sticks with you long after seeing it. It’s filled with sordid fun and cracked horror. Pizzolo has a talent for both quick and heady dialogue as well as creative and fresh concepts that make this devious world of GODKILLER a place you’d want to dive into despite how dark it is.” (-Ambush Bug, Aint It Cool News)

“There are certain stories that come along every few years that challenge viewers, readers, and the world in ways almost so shockingly in your face that it is hard to process upon the first viewing. A perfect example of this would be Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE which was a sweeping narrative that encompassed many of the social issues that were plaguing the country at the time… So when I sat down to watch GODKILLER I could imagine myself being one of those critics who watched A CLOCKWORK ORANGE for the first time… GODKILLER dares to get in your face and test your best inhibitions while at the same time doing its best to make you THINK. Pizzolo is giving you a healthy dose of social commentary to go along with your bloody genre offering… a flawless piece of genre fare… a treat for fans of horror, sci-fi, comics, and animated films that is not to be missed.” (-Theo Scheresky, Bloody Disgusting)

“Intriguing… mixes dark visuals, graphic violence, profanity and a speed metal soundtrack into an oddly alluring post-nuclear holocaust.” (-John DeNardo, SF Signal)