Alas, poor Zombie

Script
The set is an impressive interior of  a cathedral or a gloomy abandoned richly-textured factory. A cry of ‘Take fifty one. Action’ is heard. Two Zombies, Zed and Zedd, stagger towards the camera, are shot, and their heads explode. A cry of ‘Cut, print that’ is heard.
(15 seconds)
Cut to Zed and Zedd in dressing room getting changed into business suits. No zombie makeup is removed.
The clothes they are wearing change by themselves with no help from the zombies as they talk.
Zedd: Sixty seconds screen time, thirty zombie heads explode.
Zed: Remember when films had brains rather than blew them up?
Zedd: I’m off for a liver burger at the morgue with the missus and kids.
Zed: I’m up for the role of Yorick.
Zedd: Now there’s a script! Best of luck
Zed: Thanks
They exit
(15 seconds)

Background and theme
I had watched a lot of zombie sequences in setting up a zombie walk-cycle for a flash animation unit and quickly got sick of seeing yet another zombie head explode.The central theme is based on two concepts: the comic actor who needs to be taken seriously by wanting to play the role of Hamlet; and the idea of putting yourself in the position of the extra or bit-player as Tom Stoppard did in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (play and film).
Resources
Material: Photo I take inside cathedral or abandoned building; green screen setup; set consisting of a background of a portable clothes rack with zombie clothes; two business suits; two actors; zombie makeup including two forehead bullet holes that can be stuck on with camera on pause and actors in a freeze.
Compositing
Green screen work with lighting to match pre-shot background; muzzle flash effect; exploding back of heads (particles?); color grading; other treatments to achieve ‘film look’.
Context
Stand-alone short film
Target audience
General audience and…zombies;  zombie lovers; actors who have played as extras; those who are ambitious for a better place in life; those who are interested in film.
Touchstones
Tutorials on the effects required and film sequences used as guides to zombie presentation to be included here.
Green screen: the course by Richard Harrington on Lynda.com
http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Using-Ultra-Keyer/141500/144485-4.html
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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