“Black Sky” is a new “illustrated film” project by Ben Templesmith from Halo-8 Entertainment, the production company that seems to have a hand in a lot of interesting comics-esque related things, like the Grant Morrison documentary and so on. The first teaser image have just been released:

Black Sky Teaser – 120110 from Halo-8 Entertainment on Vimeo.

Is an “illustrated film” better than a motion comic? According to Matt Pizzolo, who will direct the film, it is. “The difference between an illustrated film and a motion comic is kind of the difference between a movie that was shot in 3D versus a movie that was shot in 2D but got a 3D post-conversion. We’re not repurposing an existing comic book here, we’re building something unique from scratch.”

You can check out Pizzolo’s earlier “illustrated film concept, Godkiller, on Hulu.


  1. It’s a huge step for this aspect of the medium. It was only a matter of time before someone took motion comics from its simple origins and gave it a shot of adrenaline. I like what I see so far, now I need to hear it, too. Cheesy voice-over acting has been the death knell for many an animated project. But so far, so great!

    “Illustrated film” over “motion comic?” If they are of this quality, I could definitely go with that. (On that note, whoever came up with the idea of calling motion comics “motics,” please change the name. Motic sounds like something you take for an upset stomach.)

    Lance Roger Axt
    The AudioComics Company

    Lance Roger Axt