Yesterday, we brought you the first video from the set of “The Walking Dead,” AMC’s upcoming television series based on Robert Kirkman’s celebrated comic book series. Now we have yet another video for you from the ravaged streets of downtown Atlanta, courtesy of the “Walking Dead” team.
This time around, it’s makeup effects supervisor and zombie-movie veteran Greg Nicotero explaining how the comic book series influenced the look of the live-action living dead.
“We took a lot of our visual cues from the graphic novel,” Nicotero told MTV News. “The sketches have them real gaunt, a lot of exposed teeth, and a couple specific characters [were inspired by] the graphic novel [and] the sketches they did.”
Tasked with bringing the style of Kirkman and artists Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard (who’s illustrated the comic since issue #7) to un-life on the small screen, Nicotero revealed that the “Walking Dead” is in good company on his resume.
“I’ve done a lot of zombie films in my past,” he said. “I’ve worked with Robert Rodriguez on ’Grindhouse’ and a lot of the George Romero films, so I’m kind of a zombie aficionado.”
Nicotero went on to explain the hierarchy of shambling, flesh-eaters prowling the streets of downtown Atlanta on the day we visited the set.
“We have some classic zombies, with the stereotypical bite wounds and dead-looking flesh with dried blood, that kind of stuff,” he said. “Then we have some hero, featured zombies that are a lot more elaborate in terms of dentures and contact lenses. There are grades of zombies — we have our featured hero zombies, and then we have our mid-ground zombies, and our background zombies.”
And on that particular day, the zombies were out in numbers, with massive crowds of shuffling, clawing actors brought in for the day’s scene. If you look closely, you can see an overturned car and uprooted streetlight behind him — just a taste of the carnage the series’ team was able to create.
“This is probably one of the biggest days we’ll have on the shoot, because we have about 150 zombies today,” he laughed. “It’s been pretty crazy.”
“The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC this October. If you’re attending this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, you can also check out “The Walking Dead” panel on Friday at 11:30 AM in Room 6BCF.
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