The Bonus Features Episode 4

For every famous director and big time star, there are probably ten people quietly working behind the scenes to make your favorite movie and TV show happen. Everyone from electricians and carpenters, to the guys making the props and the people doing the makeup. If you watch a movie’s credits, you might see all sorts of weird job listings, like all the various types of “wranglers”. On a movie set, a wrangler’s job is to manage the animals on set. The term came from professionals who worked with movie horses, but has since been applied to other animals, and even inanimate objects (I recall a ‘Puppet Wrangler’ in the credits of the Mystery Science Theater 3000).

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Nekrospike

Yay!!! I always wanted to be a cougar….raaaawrrrrrrr…….

Dave

Fantastic response, Lich.

I imagine larger productions do need human wranglers. Not in so many words, of course, but people responsible for shuffling around everyone and making sure people are where they’re supposed to be.

Lich Barrister

I recall the term was “Props Mistress” for the ladies who took on the responsibility of “Props Master” at university theatre productions. …and then there was the one who wanted “Props Dominatrix.”

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BrickVoid

Hmm these don’t look like actors! 😀

I wonder how they like to get paid? And have they been trained only to bite on command?

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Angelina1

I don’t know about not getting paid well. I’m sure a raw leg of cow is more that enough payment for a zombie. And cheaper than the alcoholic actors! lol

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zombiemutts

The might be a bit too Behind the scenes, Dave. Tread lightly.

Some may find these working conditions deplorable and outside your estate grounds I could see PETZ (People for the Ethical treatment of Zombies) picketing and ready to toss buckets of black paint on you.

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Dave

We observe a pretty firm “no eye contact” rule on set.

Personal space, motherfuckers. Respect it.

Calicade

Zombiemutts, don’t even get me started on security measures. Hippies are awful.

Calicade

Just the other day a PETZ member came up to me all macho like and took off his over sized hipster glasses and sparkled at me. I felt the unnecessary need to beat him down and gas him 3 times with tear gas.

Dave

@ZombieMutts -Absolutely right, even when they make no sense in context.

Am I in… two-thirds of a hospital?

the dude person

I think it’s the inappropriate quotes that I like the best! 😉

I love Arrested Development. I actually have a t-shirt that says “Annyong.” because of it.

Lich Barrister

It was supposed to be with the “lazy hippie” comment but I must have gotten cross-eyed.

Given that, appropriate quote: “Three – unless it’s made my vision too good. Is “one” still on the table?”

Yatkuu

I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the amazing work of Zombie linguistics that Dave has done in these past few episodes.
Here is a short summary (I have not seen the same expression used twice!) :
vruh, beh, greh, mreh, hruh, mmuh, gah, preh, uuhh, hruuh, graaah, mruuh, breh, ssssah, geh, ehh, pah, feh…
It’s almost like a full new language! It reminds me of Tolkien’s Elven… well, sort of.

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Dave

My thinking is, moaning is a pretty important part of the zombie milieu, but having all the zombies go “Muuuuuuh…” all the time would get old in a hurry. At the same time, I don’t think they’d be able to vocalize that many sounds, so I try to keep it pretty basic. Long and short: if my two year old son has trouble pronouncing the sounds, then I figure the zombies must too.

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Yatkuu

I’m trying to picture the quality control scene: “repeat after me – graaah”
… What are you teaching to your kid you maniac!?

Lich Barrister

I should clearly do a dino comic, then, since I’ve been working on “velociraptor” and “anklyosaurus” with my toddlers.

And I’ll reiterate my affection for “feh” as well. Hipster zombies… gotta love ’em.

zombiemutts

Hipster Zombies…hahaha…

I have a torso with that Speed Racer monkey on it. Would be perfect for such a zombie!

I have no idea why I spend $8 on it….it just made me laugh so it must have been fate guiding my hand.

Dave

@Lich – We’ve been throwing some dinosaur names at Ajax as well. It’s amazing how well kids can parrot things back at you.

@ZM – I’ve been wanting that torso that that some undefinable reason. It’s always just too overpriced.

zombiemutts

Well…I have it…so…..what collectible figs you willing to trade for it…

oh dear…you probably already sent the package didn’t you?

Dave

The wife is posting it sometime today; probably already out. Ah well, there’s always next time.

zombiemutts

I am working on that project that will take 100% of my MOC time for the next few months…I’d rather see it used in the comic for now. I’ll send it and you’ll owe me next time. Sound good?

Silver Fox

I thought of Shawn of the Dead, at the end…. when they get the zombies undercontrol and then start using them for game shows…. only here it’s a movie.

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Dave

Well, comic technically, although this is definitely a spoof on movies and DVD bonus features. So it’s kind of weird.

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Silver Fox

I think they did. I’ve only seen the movie once, so I’m not sure how accurate my memory is on that.

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Dave

Okay everyone, feedback time. I’m curious what everyone things about this feature now that we’ve had a couple episodes. Does it work? Is it funny, or at least fun? What do you like? What would you change? Et cetera.

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Silver Fox

It’s funny and enjoyable to see… keep it going for as long as you’ve got ideas and are enjoying it yourself.

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legomiles

I think the new bonus features is a great addition to the already fantastic series of comics! It means we get to see a whole load of new characters! Have the two backstage men been added to the character bios. Klaus’ bio would be great, and Stewarts name should say:
Stewart/Caleb Jennings

Madame Lecter

I think it’s very informative and funny! it would be interesting to hear about Shannon’s death scene and how she prepared for it or something? Maybe you can even add some deleted scenes or a gag reel?

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the dude person

I’d still like to see Scrimshaw in a certain plot arc I mentioned to you a little while ago… 😉

Other than that, I think The Bonus Features is certainly a good side-comic so far. It certainly spices up Fridays at BotD a bit.

I think the concept is fantastic, and has so far been working pretty well. I’m interested to see it where it goes, and if it ends up building on itself like the normal episodes of BotD do.

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BrickVoid

I’d like to see what you do with the actors that get ‘bitten’ by zombies afterwards. That is, if they actually manage to survive the zombie scenes without actually getting bitten! 😀

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BrickVoid

If you play the story behind the behind the scenes right, pretty much anything! 😉

BrickVoid

Derp, that “behind the scenes” was supposed to read like that I just wrote, starting from the second “behind”.

the dude person

Hah, I love how the zombies are in a little fenced-in area!

Also, the fact that we’re hearing from BotD’s zombie-wrangler is awesome in itself! His face is priceless, he definitely has that “I hate working with zombies” look to him. Where’d you get that two-sided head? Is it a viking?

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Dave

His face is from the Blacksmith set that’s available now. Nice little set that comes with a bucket and a chicken for ten bucks.

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the dude person

Really? I almost picked up that set at my last visit to my local LEGO store. If I had realized that his face was double-sided, I might actually have gotten it. Anyway, that face works very well for him.

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Silver Fox

It’s a beautiful little set, and offers up something new for Castle collection that I don’t have or missed when they had come out.

Silver Fox

It’s used in the Bank Transfer set for the City 2011 sets and then off the Princess from Prince of Persia – found in Fight for the Dagger and Battle of Alamut. Those are the sets I have where it’s found.

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Dave

I got it from the Prince of Persia sets; I think it’s the only female in the set, and that hair piece was one of the primary reasons I picked it up.

I need to get Bank and Money Transfer. Seems like a nice set.

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