Sunday, August 2, 2009

Zombie Mob Scene

Warning: A little fake blood and gore ahead...

A couple of independent filmmakers in our area are making a low budget zombie movie called Tales of a Fifth Grade Zombie Slayer. They plan to submit the short film to film festivals, and hope to develop it into a feature length film. For one scene they needed as many kid zombie extras as they could round up. My two kids and a couple of their friends joined in the fun.

The line to be zombified began forming at 7:00am. The director set up canopies in the back yard, and about half a dozen makeup artists got to work transforming neighborhood children into the pintsized undead. First kids got an airbrushing of a nice ghoulish grey, and from there they progressed to further stages of decomposition.

All this took place on what may have been the hottest day of the summer so far. More than 50 kids turned out for the scene. While they waited, they crowded together in the shade to keep their syrup-based flesh wounds from sliding off in the sun. When filming began six hours later, they were all looking pretty wilted…and probably felt perfectly in character. Fortunately the crew provided snacks and soft drinks to keep the zombies’ spirits up.

Zombie cheers!


Zombie stares...

Zombie knuckle bump.

And watching all those kids waiting around for the big scene brought my favorite image of the day...
Zombie satire: a whole line of zombie children slumped over their video games.

16 comments:

LW said...

I agree your last picture is priceless…

Louise

ICQB said...

How fun!

Now I know that if I'm ever pursued by a crowd of zombie children to toss them a few portable gaming devices and I'll be in the clear.

Sounds like it was a terrific way to spend a summer day.

Kelly said...

Those pics are great! What a fun experience for the kids!

Ara Burklund said...

You guys will have so much fun at the screening, trying to pick out the kids in the zombie mob! : )

MG Higgins said...

This is one of those-out-of-the-ordinary days your kids will remember and laugh about the rest of their lives. It's really priceless.

adrienne said...

LW - I was really amused by that sight. The peek behind the scenes was quite entertaining - and enlightening!

ICQB - Brilliant! I don't know how the movie turns out, but I'll bet the fifth grade zombie slayer doesn't think of that.

Kelly - It was definitely something completely different! They had a great time. :D

Ara - A friend took a couple of short video clips, and we were doing just that. One of the boys looked a lot like my son, and dressed the same way...we kept getting them mixed up.

MG - It's true - those days are a treat. And they are as much fun to reminisce about.

PJ Hoover said...

What a blast! I may have to dress my daughter up like a zombie. She'd love it!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That? is AWESOME!

adrienne said...

Hi PJ and Green Girl! It was fun AND we got some great inspiration/pointers for Halloween!

Ocean Girl said...

Low budget Thriller, who knows it might turn-out a Slumpdog!

Rena said...

LMAO @ that last picture. That was just about everyone at Disneyland recently too. I guess Mickey isn't exciting enough anymore. Congrats on your kids getting in!

Mary Witzl said...

That last one is my favorite too: totally natural zombies.

My kids would LOVE to get made up as zombies! Wish somebody would make a zombie film around here. This morning everybody's half comatose as it is, they'd all only need the tiniest bit of make-up.

Suzanne Casamento said...

That is hilarious! Actual zombies with their video games. I love it!

Kim Kasch said...

Love zombies - and it made me laugh thinking kids can seem a little brain dead when I'm calling them from a video game ;)

Anne Spollen said...

I saw that, too. The DS Undead Crowd.

msprimadonna67 said...

Oh, my hubby would have JUMPED at the chance to zombify himself!