Zombie Cliche Lookout: Choosing Teams
When it comes to getting things done, even during the zombie apocalypse, it often makes more sense to divide and conquer. Not only can you put people on jobs that that are more qualified for, but you can theoretically get more done in a shorter period of time. There are two downsides. First and most obviously, you lose numerical advantage against the zombies, should they show up. Second, some people aren’t really qualified for much of anything, but you still need to find things for them to do. No matter how you do it, odds are this is going to cause some dissension in the group. If you keep giving them boring or crappy work, they’ll resent you. And if you team them up with more capable people, those people might come to dislike you, never mind the increased chance for infighting.
When the zombies come, hopefully they eat all the useless people first.
About this Episode:
I really like doing over-the-shoulder shots when two characters are talking or arguing with each other. I find it effective because it allows the characters to maintain eye contact, as well as keeping both of them in the shot.
Discussion Question: Picking Your Away Team
Imagine that you have managed to build up a decent sized group of survivors (although you don’t feel like you can count on all of them), and have even found a halfway decent place to hole up. Unfortunately, one of your group has come down with some nasty bug, and you need to run into town to find some antibiotics (let’s pretend as group of heavily armed bikers took you unawares and absconded with your medical supplies). There isn’t room for everyone, and you want to keep a few people behind anyway to make sure camp is safe. So what do you do with the couple of people you don’t really trust? Take them with you so you can keep an eye on them, or leave them in camp where they’re less likely to cause problems?