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.

Operation Fox: Frank's Army Continues To March!

Well you haven't lost any of your enthusiasm yet, and I am grateful to you for that, as more and more people come forward to say that they are supporting Operation Fox as part of Frank Black's Army. We often receive emails asking us how people can better support the campaign and let me tell you there is no better way to support us than by sending letters, postcards and polaroids to 20th Century Fox. It is the only chance we have of bringing Frank Black back. So, before you sit down to write to us, write to them. Make a difference eh?

And here's one individual doing just that and she shouldn't need any introduction to you. Laura of Spooktalkular.com, along with her husband Frank, was one of the earliest supporters this campaign found. It seems so long ago that I wrote to them both, and probably is, and they have never wavered in their support and we are indebted to them. So, here she is about to send her letter to Fox on behalf of Frank's Army.

To join the cause you can now print out a pack of postcards, with an address included, by clicking the envelope icon below.

Just one postcard can make all the difference and that postcard could be yours.

Mark x

HERE'S DIRT'S THING: THE WILD AND THE INNOCENT!

As our ardent followers will be aware Frank's Army (Twitter users don't forget to use the #hashtags #franksarmy and #millennium in all your Millennium related tweets by the way) recently recruited masked avenger, wrestlemaniac and super powered reviewer DiRT who agreed to do a weekly video review of an episode of his choosing and direct his considerable following in our direction in the process.

Today he turns his attention to the Season One episode, The Wild And The Innocent and gives you, the viewer, and insight into his opinion on the episode.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to let us know what you think of the review. Did you agree, disagree or some combination of the two? Leave you thoughts and comments on the review and the episode in question in the comments section.

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As always, every new video we add to Youtube, or is added to Youtube for us, reaches out to a whole new audience and may find a Millennium who never knew of our campaign in the process. Don't forget, keep sending those letters and postcards to Mr. Steve Asbell. Frank's Army Fights on, but not before we put our feet up to watch a video review right?

As always, lend your considerable support to the man and go visit his own websites and find out what it's all about. Remember, every video made for the this campaign is an indispensable way of reaching out to a potential new campaigner.

Mark x
  • To visit his website and enjoy the numerous things he has on offer, click here!
  • To check out his Youtube channel and view more reviews from the man himself, visit here!

Interview Question Submissions - Megan Gallagher

If you've ever wanted to ask Megan Gallagher a question, here's your opportunity to do just that. BackToFrankBlack will be speaking to Megan on Saturday so there's plenty of time to come up with a teaser or two. Simply mail them to the usual address, info@backtofrankblack.com, and don't forget your name and location for a mention, and your submission will be considered for inclusion.

So, get those thinking caps on, strain that grey matter and get those comments and thoughts to us as soon as you can!

OPERATION FOX - The Time Is Near!

Well the last few days have been something to remember and you guys did not let us down. The news that an independent investor had approached Lance Henriksen and expressed interest in a Millennium Movie resulted in a much needed kick up our proverbials as the good people here and those at TIWWA worked hard to spread word of the news and far and wide as they could. We must not let this momentum wane, rather it's time to take all our efforts up a notch and do one thing, today, that really matters. Let's mobilise Frank's Army for Operation Fox!

What you are looking at it is just a small sample of the sheer hard work one woman has put into this campaign. Our dear friend Rhonda has championed us from the off and this collection of images is but one day's work out of many. Where she has led we hope you will all follow (and if you look in the background you will see Josef peering out from behind the postcards with a collection of his own campaign efforts.)

Not everyone has the time and resources to contribute in this way, we appreciate that, but one postcard sent today can make all the difference. We have been given a new, and hopefully, more receptive source to direct our campaign efforts towards and that's all the more reason, even if you have already done so, to write again and let him know how much we want Frank Black back and that we are not prepared to drive off into the sunset in our red jeeps this time.

To make life a little easier for everyone. I have collected together all the postcards I have designed so far and placed them in a zip file along with Steve Asbell's address. Simply click the envelope icon, download the zip file and print those postcards off and get mailing (and don't forget to add the address of the website to them.)

We are working hard to make sure Lance's news is capitalised upon as much as we are able and we hope that you will join us in yet another push. We are so close, let's not lose sight of our goal.

Mark

Free Podcast: Millennium Group Sessions 10 - BacktoFrankBlack Year One


BacktoFrankBlack: The Millennium Group Sessions, hosted by Troy Foreman and co-hosted by Jim McLean is now available for free download via our website AND on ITunes!


MILLENNIUM GROUP SESSIONS 10:
BACKTOFRANKBLACK: YEAR ONE
NOTE: There was an update after we recorded this session to our new FOX mailing address. While we state in the podcast we have no name for the new FOX address to send your letters and your postcards, we do now. Troy has edited the new address into the podcast - so you'll get the name (Mr Steve Asbell) even if on the podcast myself and Troy suggest otherwise. There was only enough time to update the address we offered in the original cut! If you see!

Anyhow, for easy reference - here's the address to send your letters and postcards! JM


STEVE ASBELL
Twentieth Century Fox
10201 West Pico Blvd.,
Bldg. 88, Room 132
Los Angeles, CA 90035#


Listen to the Mp3 on the BacktoFrankBlack Stream or download using the links below!


To download from BacktoFrankBlack.com
  • For the enhanced image podcast (with photos relating to the topics from a variety of sources - occasionally exclusive ones) for Itunes and Ipod lovers: Click here! 11MB 45 mins)
To download from ITUNES
  • To subscribe to the Itunes podcast, simply load up the Itunes store on your Itunes application, search for BacktoFrankBlack and wait for the podcast to pop onto the list. Then click "subscribe" - you will need to sign up to a free Itunes account to do this - but Itunes does run a great service for podcasts of all types (including our friends ThaDarkSideVibe and Spooktalkular)

BacktoFrankBlack: Millennium Group Sessions 10: BacktoFrankBlack - Year 1

In this episode of the Millennium Group Sessions series, Troy and Jim look at a year of BacktoFrankBlack and expose some of the VERY exciting news for year two!!

This free podcast is available on a weekly to fortnightly basis via ITUNES and BacktoFrankBlack.com. We'll naturally update you all on information on the podcast from this blog as well.

With ITUNES, anyone who has an Itunes friendly account will be able to subscribe easily and download the podcasts as they are released. We recommend the ITUNES friendly enhanced podcast because each episode will have its unique set of images to accompany the chatter!

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS BLOG!

Millennium Movie News: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

As you are all too aware I really do regret taking anyone's time in the spotlight away from them, and I hope that you will continue to support Josef's efforts and comment on his video, but there are times when a hot potato lands in our lap and this is one of them.

Lance Henriksen has contacted us to inform us that he has been approached by independent investors interested in making a Millennium Movie. I don't need to tell anyone how important this news is to us. And here's where you come in. We are so close we can almost touch this and we need to use this opportunity to generate as much publicity as we are able.

Do not stop pushing: take this news to the forums you frequent, add it to your social network profiles, share it with your friends on twitter and lets see if we can get this to go viral. I know you won't let us down.

FRANK IS ALMOST BACK!

Mark x

Avatar Vision Presents: LARA MEANS IS PARANOID!

Yup, it's MusicMonday once more and it's the MusicMonday I have been waiting for for an age. It's Lara Means time and there's no need tell you how much that character means to me. Josef has come up trumps again, so much so that this little gem has been on constant repeat on my iPod in a style very reminiscent of Lucy Butler's music playing habits. So without further ado it's time to grab the popcorn and soda and run for the back row. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Lara Means!

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As always, we thank our resident video alchemist Josef for taking this campaign and continuing to plug it in the vast abyss that is Youtube and we hope you will feel in some way inspired to follow in his footsteps and donate a little video magic of your own.

Don't forget to leave a comment or two for Josef, he really appreciates all the feedback he receives for his sterling work and keep your eyes peeled (ouch) for next weeks video it will certainly please one particular individual I can think of!

Mark x

  • To visit Josef's Youtube page and check out his own collection of videos, click here!
  • To check out his myspace page and listen to some of his original compositions, click here!
As promised, each music new release from Josef will be accompanied by a postcard that we urge you to send to Steve Asbell at 20th Century Fox (apologies for any confusion regarding addresses but news from our sources indicates Steve is indeed the man to target.) Fox have begun to take notice, your hard work during Lucy Butler Week is paying dividends. Do not give up, send this postcard today.
To see the address you need to send this to as well as a range of others you might like to send, click here!