Comic book artist Frank Quitely — best known for his work on New X-Men, We3, and All-Star Superman with Grant Morrison, and titles such as The Authority and Jupiter’s Legacy with Mark Miller — marks a move into animation with Nothing To Declare, an animated horror short.
Directed by multi-BAFTA-nominated animator Will Adams and produced by Mal Young, with artwork by Fraser McLean and Tom Bryant, the film is based on a short story by Quitely in which a well-meaning 19-year-old returns home at Christmas from backpacking in South America, only to discover he has unintentionally triggered a catastrophic chain of events. The team expect the film to appeal to comic book readers, as well as fans of animation and horror.
For Quitely, it is not only his first foray into film, it is also his first time in the role of writer. He says: “I’ve always loved the horror genre. I had written a bunch of short stories, and this one, I felt, particularly lent itself to animation. This is the first time I’ve written a story and handed it over to other artists to work on. It’s my first venture in film, and the team I’m working with are exceptionally talented and have created a brilliantly crafted animation. I’m really excited at the prospect of seeing it finished.”
The film is a co-production between Scottish animation studios Once Were Farmers and Interface Pattern, marking the first collaboration between the multi-award-winning studios. It is enhanced by an original score by John Cummings, formerly of the band Mogwai.
The team are currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The campaign is a rare opportunity for fans to acquire original artwork by Quitely and Fraser McLean, including unseen sketches from Quitely’s sketchbook, unique, signed frames from the film, and your own portrait as a Nothing To Declare character drawn by McLean.
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