Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Because there are smaller companies at San Diego, too.


- Award-winning filmmaker Matt Pizzolo to discuss turning
horror graphic novel into illustrated film -

Los Angeles, CA, July 21, 2009 - Award-winning filmmaker Matt Pizzolo (GODKILLER) will join the San Diego Comic Con panel "Horror Comics Into Film," moderated by Aintitcool.com's Mark L. Miller, with Kevin Grevioux (co-writer/actor UNDERWORLD), Marv Wolfman (creator of BLADE), Tim Seely (creator of HACK/SLASH), Whitley Strieber (creator of THE NYE INCIDENTS), Todd Lincoln (director/producer of THE NYE INCIDENTS), Jeff Katz (creator of FREDDY VS JASON VS ASH), Steven C. Miller (writer/director of AUTOMATON TRANSFUSION), Ryan Schifrin (creator of SPOOKS), organized by Peter Katz, it was announced today by Katz after Adam Wingard's appearance was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. Pizzolo will discuss his role as writer-director of the 'illustrated film' GODKILLER (adapted from the horror graphic novel he created with illustrator Anna Muckcracker), which features the voices of horror stars Danielle Harris (HALLOWEEN 4, 5, H1, H2), Bill Moseley (THE DEVIL'S REJECTS), Tiffany Shepis (NIGHT OF THE DEMONS), and Lance Henriksen (PUMPKINHEAD). The panel is scheduled for Friday July 24th from 6:30-7:30pm in Comic Con room 30AB.

"It'll be incredibly humbling to talk about our offbeat and twisted horror-comic-movie GODKILLER alongside these giants of comic books and film," said Pizzolo. "I hope the film's unique format of integrating comics and cinema into a new storytelling style will add another dimension to the discussion."

"When Matt showed me the trailer for GODKILLER the illustrated film, I was immediately sold by its gothic artwork, its dark story of organ thieves, and a particularly creepy character voiced by horror heavyweight Bill Moseley," said Katz. "As a huge fan of all things horror, Matt will be a great addition to our panel packed full of genre all-stars."

Pizzolo will also be signing GODKILLER posters with castmembers Danielle Harris, Bill Moseley, Justin Pierre (singer of MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK), and Nicki Clyne (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) throughout the weekend at Halo-8 booth #430 and at the official autograph area in the Sails Pavilion.

Katz previously organized the popular "Indie Genre Film" panel at San Diego Comic Con 2008, which included the Dowdle Brothers (THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES, QUARANTINE), Oren Peli (PARANORMAL ACTIVITY), Jacob Gentry & Dave Bruckner (THE SIGNAL), Eric Zala & Chris Strompolus (THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION), Adam Wingard (HOME SICK), Chad Feehan & Thomas Hammock (ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE), and was moderated by AintItCoolNews' Drew McWeeny "Moriarty."

About Godkiller
GODKILLER is the terrifying story of a boy on a quest to save his godkillerdying sister in a desolate wasteland. Based on the horror/sci-fi graphic novel Pizzolo created with Muckcracker, GODKILLER takes place in a dark-future where nuclear holy war has turned the Earth into a polluted savage land in which fresh blood and organs are prime currencies and humans live in fear of fallen gods and monstrous alien colonists. 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 into the borderland of Outer City, where he comes face to face with horrors beyond his wildest nightmares. 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 Emmy-winner Brian Giberson created 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."

Although comparisons have been made between GODKILLER and WATCHMEN MOTION COMIC, Pizzolo contrasted the differences in his "Illustrated Films vs Motion Comics" post on the Hollywood-2point0 blog.

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