From the Wastes come Undying

Apocalypse WowMeanwhile in the Wasteland, brothers Jared and Greg Butler, have teamed up with A-list FX artists, a prosthetic makeup reality show star, and a small army of post-apocalypse aficionados to launch a crowdfunded movie that will finally turn zombies into heroes.
We had a blast at Wasteland Weekend a few months back and are pretty excited to see what these fine fellows can do to merge two of our favorite things —
Post-Apocalyptic science fiction and Horror.

Oscar Nominee Greg Butler (visual FX for Harry Potter) and his brother Jared Butler (screenwriter) think it’s high time that zombies had some brains. Their new Kickstarter-funded short film Undying aims to do just that. “The other classic movie monsters like werewolves and vampires eventually got their turn as the hero, and we think the zombie is long overdue” says Jared. “To do it, we’ve put a new spin on the “monster”. Why do they have to be brainless? What if they were exactly like you and me but just couldn’t die?”
The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, where humans have been reduced to their basest instincts and the zombies have become the good guys. Greg notes “I don’t think we’ve seen that before in a straight action movie. The only time the zombies are given any intelligence has been when it’s played for laughs”.
The Butlers knew their script was massive in scope, so they’ve turned to some of their industry friends to help make it a reality on a small budget. They brought in Dave Hardberger (VFX camera work on everything from Blade Runner to Lord Of The Rings), McCune Design (legendary model shop where the first Star Wars models and droids were made) and Eric Fox (Friend of Mr. Lobo, horror makeup FX prosthetics expert, and breakout star from this season of SyFy’s Face Off).
Despite all the experience in computer FX that’s behind the camera for this project, the brothers have taken a more “practical” approach. “We love practical FX work” says Greg. “Computers are great, but they’re just a tool. We love to mix them in with traditional in-camera techniques. The kind of stuff you don’t see as much anymore. That’s why this movie is going to have miniatures, real desert locations, real flamethrowers, and huge practical sets. There’s nothing quite like the real thing”. There’s usually nothing quite as expensive either. That’s where Wasteland Weekend comes in. Jared co-founded Wasteland Weekend several years ago as a fully-immersive Mad Max-style music and arts festival. Jared notes, “we have full-scale set pieces, drivable post-apocalyptic vehicles, and an army of costumed extras. We know how to build a city in the desert”.
And as for why they’ve decided to crowdfund this project rather than pitch it to Hollywood (Jared has several studio projects in development) – “That was simple” says Jared, “we want to make something that pushes the boundaries of uncompromising, unencumbered, un-focusgrouped filmmaking. For that, you’ve got to break out on your own.”
To learn more about the film visit the project’s pitch page here:

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