Step 1: Part 1 - Planning Your Movie: What Type
Action might make a better zombie movie, but could take much more time, props, and planning.
I liked the idea of making a comedy for my first zombie movie.
Step 2: Part 1 - Planning Your Movie: Basic Idea
Use a storyboard template to sketch out your ideas in the sequence you will tell your story.
Remember to draw the shots with varied angles, zoom level, and point of view.
Since I chose to make a comedy, my basic idea was that there is a family who invites the zombie over for dinner.
The host invited him to try and make him seem a little more human-like.
The zombie is trying to be all normal and eat like a regular person, but he keeps smelling the people and suddenly he takes a bite out of somebody at the dinner table
Then he bites another person, and in the end he goes crazy.
For more of an action and adventure or horror movie, I recommend a basic idea something more like this:
There is some kind of radioactive source that zombifies people.
Then there is a leak and a bunch of people get zombified .
Then all of the local humans have to kill them.
But the only way to kill them is to fix the leak and then destroy their brain.
Remember to be creative with your story.
Step 3: Part 1 - Planning Your Movie: Creating the Story (Advanced Details)
For my movie, I worked out the story sequence (in more detail) :
- Before the host, Fred, invites his friends to dinner, his family has a really big day at the amusement park. They come home and rest for a while.
- Then he calls up some friends and invites his friend, who happens to be a zombie nicknamed "Big-Z."
- Big-Z starts to get ready and drives over.
- When everyone arrives, they are shocked at his zombified appearance.
- Big-Z tries to be normal during dinner but can't help taking a bite of someone.
- He tries to clean the cut up with his dinner napkin, but only makes it worse.
- The person is taken away to the hospital.
- The host apologizes to the dinner guests and speaks to the zombie about his bad behavior.
- Big-Z is a little embarrassed, and tries to blend in. Then in the end he goes crazy and kills everyone.
For your own zombie movie, feel free to expand on my idea, or come up with your own story!
Zombies can be funny, scary, or both.
Step 4: Part 2 - the Zombie: Materials
Light Makeup Powder
Step 5: Part 2 - the Zombie: Source Image
Step 6: Part 2 - the Zombie: Fake Blood!!!!!!!!
Step 7: Part 2 - the Zombie: Face Base
Step 8: Part 2 - the Zombie: Eyes
Step 9: Part 2 - the Zombie: Veins and Lips
Step 10: Part 2 - the Zombie: Wound
Step 11: Part 2 - the Zombie: Blood!!!
Step 12: Part 2 - the Zombie: Contacts
Step 13: Part 3 - Filming: Special FX
When you're filming the movie, have the zombie ready with a blood capsule (easy to find at any costume or party store) in his mouth and have him bite the victim. Make sure the blood gushes out on the victim when the zombie bites him.
At this point, stop the camera.
- To make each latex bite, first stipple a small area of latex on your skin, then put tissue on. Toilet paper works just fine as tissue.
- Repeat this stippling process about 6 times, adding more tissue each time. Then rip the tissue in the center (carefully) to make it look like a bite.
- Add fake (thick) blood in the middle of the bite, to make it look extra gory and disgusting!
- Add more (thin) blood all around the wound. The more blood, the better.
- Take the bite victim and create the bite with makeup and blood.
Step 14: Part 3 - Filming: Filming
This will make it easier to tell a compelling story when you edit the film footage.
Take short shots, and edit together later.
Work from the storyboard you created in the planning stage, and make sure you capture each shot in the sequence.
Since this is your movie, you get to direct the action and decide on the story.
Remember to be creative, and add humor!
Step 15: Part 3 - Filming: Editing
Use a program like FinalCutExpress, FinalCutPro, Adobe Premiere, or another video editing tool.
- First, edit out everything you don't need.
- Then, if you have special FX like fire clips, find a good place to get them from and download the ones you need.
- Next, import the visual FX to your project.
- Finally, find audio that fits your project and import it.
- Now save your work!!!!! I have lost great work so many times because I forgot to save.
Get ready to scare your friends (or make them laugh out loud!).
Happy movie making.