Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Walking Dead (Set Design)

Q: How long did that take to set up?

A: They shut down the street at 7PM on a Friday night, and at 7AM we were shooting these apocalyptic scenes over six blocks. The set was so large, when Frank [Darabont] got there he didn't even see we had a Huey helicopter landed in the street. He's like, "Where's the helicopter?" "It's down there!" "Well bring it up here!" So we immediately brought that up. That's how big it was - the helicopter got lost. [Laughs]

Q: Will you have to supplement these set-ups with CGI?

A: I have to say rather proudly that there are two or three sets that we've done - downtown Atlanta, the gas station - that were going to have a lot more CG work done to them. But when we got done with them, Frank was like, "We kinda have it," which was great for me. He's like, "I don't think we need to extend this set. This is actually much more than I thought I was going to get." That's been kind of cool, to actually be able to deliver enough physical scenery to fill the shot.

Image source.

AMC's The Walking Dead blog.