Episode 43

Zombie Cliché Lookout: The freak out is an essential part of a lot of genre entertainment, from the nervous private getting his first taste of war, to exhausted survivors trying to cope with some cataclysmic disaster. Zombies take this trope and turn it up a few notches. Survivors don’t just have to deal with the… Read more »

Episode 42

About this Episode: I threw in some unnecessary wide shots in this episode because I really like how this (admittedly simple) set came out. Since this is probably the last time I use it, at least for a while, I figured it needed a bit of exposure. Zombie Cliché Lookout: The phrase “sour grapes” is… Read more »

Episode 41

Zombie Cliché Lookout: Quick, what’s the best way to recover after sticking your foot in your mouth? If you said that you should immediately launch serveral passive-aggressive attacks at the person you just insulted, well, you’re probably a hell of a lot of fun at parties. In popular entertainment, the guy who can’t help but… Read more »

Episode 40

Zombie Cliché Lookout: Survivalists in popular culture run the gamut between lovable and dangerous, with more than a few settling on the creepy end of the spectrum. Whenever characters come across a survivalist, they hope for Burt Gummer from Tremors, but all too often end up with someone like Clark.

Episode 39

Zombie Cliché Lookout: In popular culture, survivalists are generally painted as being eager for the shit to hit the fan, so that all the unprepared folks die off, and the survivors are left as kings of the wasteland. Unfortunately for the survivalists, their eagerness to isolate themselves (like, say severing all communication with the outside… Read more »

Episode 38

Zombie Cliché Lookout: In 1990, special effects guru Tom Savini made a surprisingly decent remake of Night of the Living Dead. At one point the now-useful Barbara (in the original she was catatonic for most of the film, and incoherent with fear for the rest) points out that they could easily escape by walking away… Read more »

Episode 37

About this Episode: I’m using a new lighting technique involving bouncing most of my lights off a shiny automotive sunshade. It was suggested by Chris Doyle of the webcomic Reasonably Clever (check it out, it’s great), and I think it’s working really, really well. Thanks Doyle! Zombie Cliché Lookout: In pulp entertainment, one popular character… Read more »

Episode 36

About this Episode: I love these power outage scenes. The darkness really helps cover up some of my bad photography. I need to start writing more scenes at night. Zombie Cliché Lookout: In any survival situation you will have a hierarchy of survivors. Often, when the survivors were already acquainted prior to the disaster, this… Read more »