Creating your own decent micro-budget Zombie Film takes much more that just a camera and some make-up, and sometimes less.
A lot of work goes into making any film but even more when that film is horror… and if you are thinking Zombies… it may be easier to go construct your own full-sided pyramid from scratch without any modern tools.
What makes it so challenging? Well, first you need a story. Then you need to make that story into a script. Then you need volunteers… er, actors and crew, so that you don’t cut into your already non-existent budget.
You’ll need to do research: Locations, Permits (if needed) and the ever important illness/injury research for authenticity. The list really goes on and on and on. Sometimes… if you’re really creative/lucky, you can get around much of that with some well placed camera angles and the use of one of the oldest tools of horror: Suspense! Check out the new Zombie short below for an idea of what we’re talking about.
Within the next few weeks ZZN will be reviewing a new Barron’s book called Filming the Undead with much more detail! Stay safe!