Zombie Cliché Lookout: Crazy Drivers
When your characters appear to be safely ensconced in a large, fairly secure-looking vehicle, you’ve got to find a way to put them in danger? What better way than to have them swerve to avoid something (zombies, debris, etc.) and then crash? Sure it’s a little cheap, but I don’t think it’s all that unrealistic. Drive around a medium sized city for a couple of hours, and you’re bound to see people do some pretty insane things with their cars. Throw in the terror of a zombie apocalypse and the insanity gets cranked up to eleven.
And there’s plenty of precedent in zombie movies. The original Night of the Living Dead has a proto-example of this. Barb gets to the relative safety of her car, but the zombie pursues and manages to smash the window. She doesn’t have the keys, so she releases the parking break and rolls down the hill… into a tree. The 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead is a bit closer to what’s happening in the comic. Our hero escapes the insanity of her subdivision, only to drive off the road, roll down a hill… and hit a tree.
Maybe I should have had the ambulance hit a tree.
Discussion Question: The Getaway
When the zombies show up, how are you going to make your escape should the situation call for it? Do you have a big SUV all gassed up? Dirtbikes? Horses? Give us the how and why.
About this Episode:
I had a hard time filming this episode, particularly the first panel, and the panel where the ambulance is up on two wheels.
The first panel was tough because I have limited space. My lightbox has room for one baseplate, which limited the scope of the background in shots. Since the ambulance was so big, it took a bit of trial and error to find a sweet spot of establishing the ambulance moving against the background without any white space showing up.
For the ambulance up on two wheels, well, I cheated. I tried a could rigs, tape, sticky tack; nothing worked. In the end, I held the ambulance at and angle, and took the shot so my hand was just out of view. The magic of brick comicing revealed.
For those who didn’t notice, this is the 200th episode of Bricks of the Dead. Pretty awesome, isn’t it?