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 »

Episode 35

About this Episode: I’m trying something a little different with the lighting, and I’m still not really happy with the result. There’s still a little too much glare for my taste, but it’s looking a bit better. Zombie Cliché Lookout: As a society, we have grown far, far too dependent upon electricity. This is so… Read more »

Episode 34

Zombie Cliché Lookout: Even with all the whiz-bang technology at our fingertips, things occasionally go sideways. For instance, something could prevent the satellite uplink between a field reporter and her television studio. These minor technical difficulties are almost always nothing in real life, but in a horror flick the inability for people to get in… Read more »

Episode 33

About this Episode: More weird bleed-over from the previous week. I promise this is the last time. Zombie Cliché Lookout: Ever wonder what the local news guys do during commercial breaks? Who’s to say they don’t just stare off blankly into space until the show starts back up. Well, other than people who have worked… Read more »