Fed up with road works causing jams every day? What if those tea-drinking road workers aren’t quite what they seem? What if they’re really secret council units protecting us from …inter-dimensional demons?
Welcome to the hi-vis, hi-octane world of Deep Clean, the upcoming comedy horror film created by award-winning director Matt Harlock (American: The Bill Hicks Story) and acclaimed graphic artist and illustrator Krent Able. Together with 13 Finger FX’s Dan Martin (Sightseers, High Rise) and David Sheldon-Hicks from VFX Territory Studio (Guardians of The Galaxy, Bladerunner 2049), Matt and Krent will be at MCM London Comic Con to tell us all about their latest project, which recently raised over £28,000 on Kickstarter.
Showing storyboards, concept art, videos and more, the Deep Clean team’s Comic Con panel will take us candidly through their crowdfunding campaign and the making of the movie’s monsters and visual effects, as well as discussing the wider challenges and rewards of creating FX for the big screen.
You’ll also find out more about Deep Clean itself, which tells the story of 16-year-old Alex – a troubled kid excluded from school for fighting and for his weird drawings, evidence to some of a disturbed mind. To keep out of juvenile detention, he’s forced to do a boring work placement with his loser Uncle Brian who works for the council. Boring until Alex discovers that Deep Clean’s real job is blocking up demon portals, that is!
Krent Able is a comic artist and illustrator, based in London. He first started making comics in 2009 for The Stool Pigeon music magazine, and his ‘Big Book Of Mischief’ was published in 2012 by Knockabout Comics, home of Robert Crumb and Alan Moore. In 2013 he exhibited in The Vice Illustration Show, in 2014 his work was included in the Comics Unmasked exhibition at The British Library, and in 2015 he illustrated the book ‘Jolly Lad’ by John Doran. Krent’s comics and illustrations have also appeared in The Guardian, the NME, and VICE, and he has designed record sleeves and artwork for the rock bands Future Of The Left and KiteBase.
Award-winning director Matt Harlock’s first feature film, ‘American The Bill Hicks Story’ played over 40 international festivals and was the 2nd most successful documentary released in UK cinemas in 2010. His work has shown on VICE, Channel 4, Film4, HBO & Sky. His company Halflife Films has just raised £28,000 for supernatural horror short Deep Clean, and are developing the feature/TV series.
You can still join in funding Deep Clean on Indiegogo – link here:
A film fan from childhood and a special effects artist from his teens, Dan has designed for the likes of Harmony Korine, Guillem Moralles, Martin Scorsese, Alexander Aja and, most regularly, Ben Wheatley. He also teaches special effects, is on film conversation panels for institutions like the British Library and Cigarette Burns and writes his own stuff occasionally, too.
With over 20 years in visual effects, Paddy’s extensive experience includes over 75 film and TV projects, with stints at Framestore, MPC and Rainmaker before co-founding Nvizible in 2009. Having joined Territory in 2016, Paddy is building the studio’s VFX capabilities and leading a team of artists and digital designers on projects including Origins Unknown and Watch Room. With three BAFTA nominations, career highlights include Robot Overlords, Grabbers, The Promise, Wallace and Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Big Fish, Sleepy Hollow, Chicken Run, two Mission: Impossible films, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Guinness Surfer commercial, Golden Compass, and Vantage Point.
— This news story is for October 2017’s MCM London Comic Con —