Zombie Cliche Lookout: Establishing Shot with Zombies
This is yet another one of my favorite tropes in zombie fiction: showing off a location by showing all the zombies that happen to be roaming around it. It works equally well with new and existing locations, and can act as a sort of visual shorthand to show just how much trouble the characters inside are in. Only a few zombies? They’re probably okay. Hundreds, or even thousands of zombies? Well, I hope their life insurance premiums are paid up.
About this Episode:
A big thank you goes out to my son, who helped me build this set. He was pretty excited about the whole thing, although he didn’t really see the point of only building the outside entrance of the building.
It is now November, which means it’s once again National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I’m going to try my hand at it again this year. I failed pretty embarrassingly last year, so this time I spent a lot more time preparing. I have a full, and very detailed outline, which I think will help a ton.
If anyone else is trying their hand at NaNoWriMo, hit me up in the comments so we can be writing buddies. I promise to do better this time around.
Discussion Question: What Do Zombies Do in Their Spare Time?
Usually when we see zombies, they’re engaged with other characters. Hunting them. Fighting them. Eating them. Getting killed by them. They’re largely defined by those other characters, which is one of the reasons they seem so otherworldly and creepy. But what do the zombies do when there’s no potential prey around? Do they just stand around? Wander? Trying to get into buildings? Keep moving to find food? Also, how does this affect our perception of what zombies are?