Posted by Captain | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 02-10-2009
So last night I got to do something new – Zombieland (in theaters everywhere today) had a screening/premiere and Zombie Walk last night.
So, at 5p I quit After Effects and unpacked a bag of make-up and costume pieces and started zombify-ing myself in my office. Jeff and Amanda took some pictures and video of the process, so maybe I’ll have that to add later. There weren’t pictures of the rest of the evening for two reasons – 1. My zombie character wouldn’t have had a camera and 2. My zombie companion did not follow Tallahassee’s (Woody Harrelson’s character in Zombieland) advice. When it came time to Nut Up or Shut Up… I think he shut up… Oh well, I had a great time and plenty of people asked to have their picture taken with me, so that was cool.
I had what was probably one of the least gory costumes – I mean there was no blood on my hospital gown until my IV full of blood leaked all over my hands and I wiped them on my robe. The best costume of the night had to be the Hunter S. Thompson zombie.
The movie was great. It was funny and just gory enough. They had amazing titles – the main character, Columbus (played by Jesse Eisenberg) narrates the film by giving his rules to surviving Zombieland. These rules were always shown on screen as they were either followed or broken in 3D text that lived within the frame and reacted to the action on screen. There was an incredible title sequence of super slo-mo zombie attacks set to “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Metallica. The credits were done in the same way as the rules, only now people were crashing into and scattering the letters all over the frame. It was very cool.
The crowd was pretty fun – but most crowds of geeks who dress up for events are – I mean, who are they to make fun of someone else?
Lessons I learned:
1. White makeup just doesn’t look dead enough on it’s own. If you want your skin to shake off the rosy hue of life, mix in a little green and just a touch of black into your white… it gives you a gray rotting look that white alone can’t create…
2. For most people – zombie makeup consists of copious amounts of fake blood randomly scattered across your skin and clothing. There doesn’t really even need to be any kind of reason for it.
3. People who run haunted houses are annoying. I literally had nearly a ream’s worth of paper from all the flyers and handouts they kept throwing at us…
4. People dressed as zombies re-creating the dance from Thriller is still funny…
5. A free movie and all you can eat pizza for under $10 is well worth the time and effort to dress up as a zombie.
6. Paper costumes (like a disposable hospital gown) can be a bad idea – especially when the hardest rainstorm of the season breaks out while you are driving to a Zombie Walk… So, have a back up plan (I did, but didn’t need it – see #7).
7. God must love Zombie Walks. The clouds parted and the rain stopped at the exact moment I parked my truck.
Here’s some photos from the event posted to Flickr