Zombie Cliche Lookout: Misjudgement
This trope is by no means tied to the zombie genre, or even the horror genre. Indeed, it seems to show up everywhere from drama to comedy. I’m speaking, of course, of how characters or the audience completely misjudge a character based on the evidence that’s available to them, often by falling prey to stereotypes. This is usually played up in one of two ways. The first is to teach us a lesson about our own ingrained prejudices, showing us how our assumptions can cause us to miss out on things, or unfairly misjudge people. The other way this is used is for humorous purposes. That super manly zombie-killing monster? Yeah, he’s really into knitting. It relaxes him. The beautiful, well manicured prom queen? She can’t live without her chewing tobacco.
In zombie fiction, this is usually used as a sort of stroke of luck. Our beleaguered survivors, exhausted and almost psychologically broken stumbled into some huge cache of supplies or experience they didn’t know they had because they had all misjudged one person in their group.
About this Episode:
I wanted to have the back side of the stairs in the second frame, and shot a number of different angles with them obscuring more and less of the scene. When I got everything into Photoshop, it just didn’t work as well as it did in my head. I ended up going with an extremely subtle version of the shot, made even more subtle by the way I cropped it.
Discussion Question: Photographic Staging
What do you guys like to see when it comes to photographing the different panels of the comic? Do you like a large variation in zoom and perspective? Blurry objects in the foreground to give you a sense of three-dimensional space? Let me know how I can make my photography more interesting.