Sunday, October 28, 2007

Wrap Party

The Book of Zombie wrap party was a blast. It was also a great Halloween party. There were a lot of ghoulish costumes and delicious food.
CiderDevil Eggs
Wrap Cake

I made the first trailer for a premiere screening at the party. It was the first time that our cast and crew got to see what we'd spent the last four months making. We watched it about a dozen times.
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Karoeke in the blood-red basement where Scott does his best Creed impression.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Week 18 - That's a Wrap!

The Book of Zombie wrapped principal photography on this glorious day! We went to a new location in Auburn to shoot the final scene in the movie. I wish that I could write more about it, but the ending's top secret. I don't even want to spill the place we filmed at.
The scene started with a creeping, ghoulish, dolly shot and ended with an epic steadicam shot that would make Scorsese proud.
Wrap party this Saturday. Will I blog it?...
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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Week 17 - What about Zed?

Our only night of filming this week. We only have one more weekend of shooting to go. The production returned to the Puyallup location once again. Scott's backyard became David and Jenny's for the night.

Saturday was also a wrap for Brian and Larissa. We started this production at the beginning of summer, sweating in a bar in Auburn. Now, we can see the actor's breath and they have to put on jackets between takes.

Post-production update:
I've captured all footage up to this day and can now begin editing. Behind the scenes footage is currently being logged for the huge documentary. More making-of shorts will be coming very shortly...

Monday, October 1, 2007

Week 16 - Zombies Invade Puyallup

The weather reports were dire. A monsoon was predicted to hit Puyallup the exact moment we were to begin shooting and then last all night. We went ahead with the shoot anyway and defied all odds to a glorious success. Only mild sprinkles fell, the zombies were happy (as happy as zombies can be) , only one car was seriously damaged.
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The scene that we were working on was David and Jenny's exit from their backyard and stumble upon a literal horde of zombies. There were zombies in the driveway and lining the streets. Scott staged his car to look like it had plowed into a tree in the yard. There was even a dead body hanging out the passenger window. Most of our lights were hidden behind the car to light the zombies in the road. A smoke machine was hidden under the hood of the car and billowed smoke for every take.
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We finally did an epic jib shot as our heroes run down the street, dodging the zombies. Adam built the jib early in production and we finally had the chance to put it to good use. The shot is amazing. We also shot David and Jenny running, using Scott's van as a dolly. I shot steady-cam out the side door, while Paul held a light out the front window. How they managed to out run us once is still unknown.

The monsoon didn't hit until the drive home.