Zombie Cliche Lookout: Authority
In most zombie stories, people of authority usually have no business being in authority, and the more power they have, the less competent they tend to be. I think there are two important reasons for that. First, it’s hard to have a complete breakdown of society when the people in charge respond quickly and appropriately to the crisis. That just doesn’t make for a very interesting story. Second, many fans of the genre tend to also be the type who put a lot of value in self-reliance. Counting on the government to save you is anathema to them, so showing how badly the government screws things up is just playing things up to your audience.
About this Episode:
That second panel? It was actually a lot of work to get it to look right. I wanted to play around a bit with the lighting, since I thought it would be both fun and appropriate given the scene. So I built my elevator with a chain-link-fence panel for a ceiling. I figured this would give me a cool looking shadow effect. I was wrong.
I shoot Bricks of the Dead in a homemade lightbox. This is just a simple PVC frame with a cloth covering the diffuses the light to make it more even, without harsh shadows or bright spots. That diffusion also makes a simple effect like in the second panel difficult.
After trying a few different methods of getting it to work, I ended up just shooting the picture while holding an LED flashlight above the elevator. The LED had a different color temperature than the rest of the scene, which I hope makes it stand out a lot more.
Discussion Question: Role of Government in a Zombie Apocalypse
Other than folding like a house of cards, and dragging a lot of innocent people to their untimely deaths, what do you like to see the government doing during your zombie apocalypse stories? Should they be trying and failing to help people? Rescuing the rich and powerful while leaving others to die? Quarantining infected cities in an abortive attempt to save the rest of the country?