Dean and Eva hatching their plan to transform me into somethin’ real ugly!
By Pia Thrasher
Zombies! Love them or hate them – they’re here to stay (or stagger)!
The other day, I was asked by Scott Wenger and Eva Pfaff of Solar Light Films if I felt like coming by and having them try some Zombie make-up on me, and that some FX professionals were involved. This is part of the pre-production for their short film ‘Zombie Man‘.
Are. You. Kidding. Me?
Of course! Hellooo! Obviously they didn’t know me that well, yet
I arrive at their place and meet the other two willing Zombies and see that everything is set up to go. Tables are full of tools of the trade and I spot Eva’s paintings of the creatures that we will be modeled after. Awesome stuff. Then I meet Dean and Nina Gates, the pros! I find out some of their credits include ‘Coneheads‘, ‘Day of the Dead‘ and – be still my geeky heart: ‘Star Trek‘!!! I know I’m in good hands now!
Dean, Nina and Eva start working on the 3 of us and I try to watch and learn as much as possible. I also try to coax gossip stories out of Dean and Nina and we generally have a good time chatting as they’re making zombies out of us.
Getting there…I want to see so badly what my make-up looks like, and yet, I hesitate…Holy hell!
Dean working on Shane – amazing stuff!
Nina working on Rick – gnarly!
After about 3 or 4 hours we’re done! We take pics and pose and have a great time shuffling around as zombies. Oh yeah… I can’t wait to film this!
Tadaaaa! Arrrrgghh! Ain’t I purrdy?
After all the fun it was time to take off the make-up and get cleaned up somewhat. I debated leaving it on and driving home that way, but I had to get gas and didn’t want to start a zombie panic. Then again, it….hmm…I kinda regret that now. Missed my chance to terrorize some kids! Dang!
Next time! (Filming is scheduled for mid April/beginning May)
Thank you, Scott and Eva, for including me in your project! This is gonna be such gouhlish fun!
It also inspired me to make a few zombie-themed greeting cards. Here’s a sample, check it out! Zombies need love too, right?
Ok, that’s all for today, shuffling off then…