Zombie Cliche Lookout: Flashing Back
We often go through formative experiences, sometimes without even realizing them. In a story, those experiences inform how a character should act, so it’s important for the audience to experience them as well. This gives the writers a couple of options. First, you can start out with these stories so that both the character and the audience start the story on the same footing. You see this a lot in books and movies; the first little bit of the story actually happens in the past. We watch as one of the protagonists has some life-altering experience, and then flash forward for the story to actually begin.
Alternatively, we can integrate these experiences within the narrative later, in the form of flashbacks. And again, we have a lot of options here. The flashback can be fairly early on, to allow audiences to better understand the character early. On the other hand, the story can establish the character in his/her own right (while the audience draws their conclusions), only to have a second-act flashback give us valuable insight on the character.
There’s also the question of how the flashback occurs within the narrative of the story. It might be entirely internal, with the character reminiscing on their own. Conversely, it might be a group experience, with one character telling another (or a group) about their personal history.
About this Episode:
I wanted this flashback to really stand out from what preceded it, so I tried to make the build a lot warmer and filled with a lot more personal looking items. This is Sam’s office, before the world turned upside down. I tried to make it a typical nerd office, with music, books, and geeky dinosaur stuff.
Speaking of Sam, I’m really excited to be doing this arc. I’ve had this planned for probably two years now, it just took a while before it was ready to show up in the story. Hopefully you guys enjoy it.
Today is the three-year anniversary of Bricks of the Dead. I’ve got a couple things planned for the week to celebrate, but we’ll kick off today with an announcement: the official Bricks of the Dead Forum is open for business. As you can see, there are some older threads in there from the initial testing. I think I have all the bugs worked out, but I guess we’ll find out this week.
The forum is your place to discuss zombies, movies, games, etc. Basically whatever doesn’t fit into a particular comic or article’s discussion. As necessary, I’ll add in more categories to break out dicsussion.
Discussion Question: Favorite Moment
What’s everyone’s favorite moment from Bricks of the Dead so far? Mine is probably poor Sam running through the horde of zombies with the radio and hockey pads to be a diversion.