So, your Mom bought you a top-of-the-line video camera for Christmas and you want to shoot a Zombie movie huh? Neat. If you’re going to do it right, you’re going to need some help. Filming The Undead is that help.
Okay, lets get this out of the way right now: if you have no experience shooting a movie, you have no friggin’ clue what you are doing. You may think you have some vague idea of what goes into making a cool piece of indie-cinema, but you’d be wrong.
If you are still reading, then you may be serious about making a kick-ass Zombie flick and if that is the case, read on!
The reason I can be so critical about those who think they know what to expect when “Shooting a Zombie” is that I like to consider myself some-what of a Zombie Expert. I know about 600 ways to kill a Zombie, and I love every single one of them. I can identify no less than five real-world threats that could lead to the actual Zombpocalypse. You could say Zombies are my thing. They are what I do. Who I am.
So what does it take to shoot a quality zombie flick?
A lot. I mean a whole lot. More time, resources, creativity, accountability, personnel, and balls that most people (myself included) have. Even so, the process may be long and draining but also an extremely rewarding one!
The book is unique in many ways. Much like most Barron’s books for public consumption, Filming the Undead is as easy to read as it is hard to put down! The book breaks down every single detail of the film making process from conception to marketing and everything in between!
Some finer points of getting started that the book covers:
-Researching a story, turning it into an outline then a script
-The ever crucial step of fund-raising
-Legal issues you may face
-Getting a Cast and Crew in place and the delegation that goes with it
-Scouting a location
And let us not forget Make-up and Special Effects! What would a Zombie (or any horror movie for that matter) be without the Gore Galore? This book breaks down how to create a zombie with prosthesis or simple paint and creating squibs (Blood Gags) without a Hollywood SFX team!
-Materials you will need
-Choosing a look and “Feel” of your Undead
Filming the Undead also takes a look at what it takes to actually produce the film and keep on top of a micro-budget, keep your Cast and Crew happy, and stay on your deadlines! The book offers post-production tips and critical marketing info!
This book is entertaining, funny, practical and makes sanity out of an otherwise insane process! This is a must-own for any would be director/producer not just of the Zombie genre, but any indie-film!
Want to make a Zombie movie? Make THIS BOOK your bible!