Zombie Cliche Lookup: The Rude Wake-Up Call
It’s really tough to predict just when the global zombie pandemic is going to hit, and – of course – one assumes it won’t hit everyone at the same time. So naturally some people are going to find themselves in compromising situations when the zombies show up. Zombie stories love to use this trope near the beginning as a way of killing off a bunch of non-characters and setting up the chaos to come.
So we’ll see things like people trapped in bathroom stalls of phone booths (remember those?). People unable to drive away because their car suddenly won’t start. People being attacked in their sleep or while stuck in a hospital bed. The initial stages of the zombie apocalypse are little more than a massive bloodbath to separate out the few survivors from those who aren’t lucky or skilled enough to survive.
About this Episode:
Believe it or not, I actually manged to shoot this entire episode inside the tiny little LEGO® tent. It was a challenge, but verisimilitude is very important to me.
No, I’m just kidding. I just used a piece of tan-colored construction paper to simulate the tent here. I think it worked pretty well. I also tried out a new technique for my photography: shooting while tethered to my laptop. I used a software that I’ll be reviewing in a week or so called ControlMyNikon to do all the camera control (other than framing the shot and zooming) directly from my computer. Pretty cool, eh?
I also got rid of Clark’s sunglasses, which have bugged me for a long time. In fact, one of the big reasons for setting this little zombie attack at night was so I could have a good reason for Clark to not be wearing them. Also, night makes things scarier.
Discussion Question: Your Compromising Position
We all have to let down our guard from time to time, and those times will be the worst possible moment for a zombie showing up. Given the choice, what would be your worst-case timing for the zombie apocalypse? While you’re using the bathroom? When you’re sick? Drunk?