Lance Henriksen in Godkiller: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!

Set in the future after an economic collapse, a nuclear holy war and an alien invasion, Godkiller: Walk Among Us follows orphan Tommy as he searches for a new heart for his ill sister, Lucy. Staring Lance Henriksen, Bill Moseley and Tiffany Shepis and originally adapted from a Graphic Novel of the same name, Matt Pizzolo developed the concept of an illustrated film with his producing partner Brian Giberson, mixing elements of anime, radio drama, video games, and motion comics.

Due to overwhelming retail demand far beyond studio expectations, the first episodic DVD's release date has been delayed a week until October 6. In order to bring you as much info from the world of Lance Henriksen, I had the opportunity to speak to artist behind this project, Anna Muckcracker. I thank Anna for speaking to me despite her busy schedule.

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MARK HAYDEN: For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with Godkiller, how would you describe the project and could you explain the difference between standard animation and a motion comic?

ANNA MUCKCRACKER: To be honest, when I was just starting to work on Godkiller, I didn’t have a clue at all what form it would be published in. Back then I was convinced it would simply be a comic. I’m aware that a moving comic is an unusual solution. It doesn’t really differ from the traditional form of a comic. Drawing Godkiller, I’m learning all the time and I’m very much interested how it will look like in the final version.

MH: How did you find the transition from static art to motion art? Has this been an easy project for you to be involved in or one which has caused its fair share of learning curves?

AM: I’m afraid I can’t tell you much about it because I’m not taking care of the animating process. Matt, the author of the script, gave me a good deal of freedom in framing the shots and leading his story. My part of the work is to create the pages of the comic. I’m actually very surprised seeing Godkiller in motion (I might add that it is a positive surprise.)

MH: A number of Lance's supporters have checked out the online comics and the Godkiller trailer and really love your style. Could you explain who and what influences your art and what tools you use to achieve such stunning results?

AM: I’m very pleased to hear that, it definitely motivates me in further work. I’m a 4th year student of the Academy of Fine Arts and I know I still lack some skill, which unfortunately will be visible in the graphic structure of the whole story. That’s why I try to discuss Godkiller on the Academy courses. I was lucky enough to get Professor Tomasz Jura as my tutor. In Poland Professor Jura is an authority in the field of illustration and posters.

I work with a pencil and then I edit everything it in a graphic program. I think I won’t be able to state here all the artists that inspire me but I can say that I’m trying to find inspiration everywhere I can. I’m a big fan of Dir en Grey band and I think that a lot of energy to work and strength to keep trying is derived from their music.

MH: I read a recent promotional piece regarding the project that stated Halo-8 intends to release limited-edition, serialized, short-form DVDs through the spring and summer before releasing the full-length feature theatrically in the fall of 2009. Is this still the plan as summer is nearly upon us?

AM: I have no idea. Marketing is something alien for me.

MH: There a number of notable actors on this project, such as Tiffany Shepis, Danielle Harris, and Bill Moseley but the one of most interest to us is Lance Henriksen. Have you had the pleasure of meeting him?

AM: Unfortunately, I haven’t had any occasions to meet him, but who knows? Talking about the cast it’s a series of absolutely positive surprises. I have to admit I admire Bill Mosley and when I found out that he would be dubbing Godkiller I was slightly shocked.

MH: When you drew the characters from Godkiller, you must have formed an idea in your head of what these characters sounded like. Is Lance's voice anything near to that which you had imagined and, since hearing his work, has it brought the characters to life even more than before?

AM: I really wasn’t thinking about it when I was drawing the characters but I remember that in the moment when I first heard Lance Henriksen in the trailer, I thought ‘WOW!’. I think he gave an amazing depth and personality to Mulciber’s character. Still drawing Godkiller I think that I changed a bit the way in which I view this character. I look at it through the prism of Lance’s voice.

MH: When Godkiller is released, do you expect there to be a noticable interest in your work and are you prepared for being in the spotlight on such a large scale?

AM: I don’t quite imagine that (LOL).

MH: Once Godkiller is over what projects do you have lined up for the future?

AM: The following year will be the last year of my studies and I have to create final diploma work. I plan to give the most from myself to create something really good. I hope I will manage to do that.

MH: Once again, many thanks for taking the time to talk to us and all the very best for the future!

AM: Thank you as well. I would like to send my best regards to all who got interested in Godkiller ^^

  • For more trailers and images from Godkiller please click here!
  • To place an advanced order for Godkiller please click here!
  • Additional thanks to my good friend Tim for translating the interview from English to Polish and back again, much appreciated.

17 Responses to "Lance Henriksen in Godkiller: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!"

Jósef Karl said... September 18, 2009 at 6:41 PM

That was an enjoyable read.
Good job!

While I'm no comics guy, I do like graphic art. And those pictures are stunning. I will watch the trailer later, as I'm downloading Conan O'Brien, I think it's interfering with my ability to watch it.

I'm a bit curious about this project.

Cheers from Iceland!
- Jósef

FoxyWonder said... September 19, 2009 at 4:54 AM

★☆I am absolutely gagging for this, y'all hear me, gagging★☆

Not only am I am huge fan of Lance's work but I adore Anime and I agree with Josef that the design work is stunning, I would go as far to say scrumptious. I believe the first release comes with a bonus audio book so there's even more of an opportunity to hear Lance's amazing voice.

So excited about this project. Way to go Anna - superb work.

Blacksbabe said... September 19, 2009 at 6:15 AM

Bring it on. Bill, Tiffany and Lance. I'm sold. Awesome trailer and amazing art. Rocks!

Wave_Crest said... September 19, 2009 at 8:07 AM

I first heard/read about Godkiller on a horror movies website some weeks ago and was impressed by the voice cast, the animation (the style of it, the use of colour and just how different it looked) after watching the trailer.

I enjoyed reading the interview. Something different to the other interviews as this was more on the side of animation.

I hope they publish the Godkiller comics in physical/paper form.

Mark Hayden said... September 19, 2009 at 8:14 AM

I really want a physical release as well Richard but I'm sure this came from a graphic novel so there should be one, right? I also can't find it for pre-order on Amazon UK. I have to have this so I'm guessing I may need the R1 option.

Wave_Crest said... September 19, 2009 at 10:57 AM

That's what I think I'm going to do as well Mark, as who knows how long it will take for it to be released on R2 (or whether it will be coming out in the UK on DVD).

I remember in the Shoutbox on TIWWA some weeks ago now someone posted a link to the Godkiller official website. From what I read on there the only way to view the Godkiller comics is to download them via the website.

George said... September 19, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Well I just read the interview and wish I was half as talented as she is. I'm surprised she doesn't think there will be much attention paid to her work once the DVD is released. I'm paying attention to it and loving it so I feel sure others will do the same.

Definitely one to watch for the future. I look forward to seeing this.

Gore-GoreDancer said... September 19, 2009 at 2:38 PM

This is a must see. Huge fan of Lance here and Tiff and Bill. Been looking for news on this on a regular basis. Sounds right up any Millennium fan's street if you ask me. Ordered mine & hope you guys in Europe can get a R2 release.

MrTBurton said... September 20, 2009 at 4:24 AM

Lance Henrickson's voice gives me the shivers!

The art is super cool - I wanna see more!

This thing is slick.

RSWehman said... September 20, 2009 at 5:07 AM

Thanks for a great read. I enjoyed the trailer and the artistic design work looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing your talent.

I haven't seen it yet but "Jennifer's Body" was released to theatre's here over the weekend to horrible reviews. That probably means the normal person will love it.

Keep up the great work.

This Is Who We Are!!
Rhonda

Mark Hayden said... September 20, 2009 at 7:17 AM

Apparently Rhonda, Lance has a blink and you'll miss it cameo in Jennifer's Body. I have been avoiding spoilers as much as I am able so I was under the impression he had a meaty role in it. Anyhow, some Lance is better than no Lance at all and bad film or not I have heard his appearance is great, as always. Go steal the show again Lance :)

Wave_Crest said... September 20, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Pre-ordered a copy of Episode 1 of Godkiller yesterday. The list of DVD extras sounds very interesting.

Mark Hayden said... September 24, 2009 at 1:38 AM

Hi guys,

Just received an email from Maddy of Halo-8 and she has cleared up a few of the queries a few of us had about the Godkiller project, I am sure she won't mind me sharing it with you all. Thanks to Maddy.

"Unfortunately we don't have a UK release organized yet. The DVD is Region-0 and Halo-8's webstore will ship to the UK, though. The paper comic books will also be available in the Halo-8 store, right now they're only available online from Amazon but that will all change in the next week or so."

Wave_Crest said... October 17, 2009 at 10:26 AM

My Godkiller: Episode 1 DVD arrived in the post a couple of days ago. However, and just like the Methodic DVD I bought (also off Amazon.com), the back of the disc is scratched. Do the manufacturers of the Godkiller: Episode 1 DVD have a website aqdress where I can ask them if they can replace scratched/damaged discs?

Mark Hayden said... October 17, 2009 at 10:43 AM

There website address is http://halo8.tv/blog-index/ good luck with that.

Wave_Crest said... October 18, 2009 at 6:23 AM

Thanks for your help Mark. I've had a good look at Halo 8's website and can not find a contact email address. I'll have to contact Amazon.com. And I just noticed on Halo 8's website that they're charging $8.00 for the Godkiller: Episode 1 DVD, compared to $9.99 on Amazon.com.

Maddy said... October 26, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Hiya!
I just saw the email about Amazon shipping scratched DVDs :( Will deal with that asap, sorry for the inconvenience.

For our overseas friends, Godkiller is now available for streaming and downloading at www.televandalism.com.

The streaming comes with a 99-cent monthly subscription. The download is $4.50 and includes all the DVD bonus content including PDFs of the first 2 comic book issues.

Thanks!

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