Updated with correct photos!
There are a few serialized show’s that might be on your radar for the second half of 2010, but if AMC’s Walking Dead isn’t one of them, then you might want to add it to your list! I was skeptical at first, but the more I hear, see and read about the upcoming series, the more excited I get. Sure, it doesn’t exactly have an original concept, what with that much underused ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ trope, but it has the potential to be one of the coolest serialized show’s that we’ll see in 2010.
What has particularly has struck me from all of the little snippets of information that have come out is the sense of realism and high production values – especially the ‘Walkers’, but also the concept of how the show will look. To get more insight on the world of Walking Dead, the AMC Blog spoke to Production Designer, Greg Melton.
Q: How did you approach designing for The Walking Dead?
A: I did Tales From the Crypt for many years, and I always approached that show from a realism standpoint — trying to set up a realistic world, and then let the surreal horror spin out of it. And that’s the strategy I’ve taken with this, to root it in reality as much as possible and let Rick move through this world and see it get more and more skewed. A great example is when he wakes up in the hospital. It just gets worse and worse. It’s like there was a running gun battle through this hospital. There were grenades. He comes outside and it looks like Dachau. Then as he comes to the parking lot, there’s going to be an entire military hospital unit that’s been overrun. It just keeps unfolding. When you read the comic, Rick walks outside and there’s a car crashed into a tree. [Laughs] I’m like, “OK yeah, we’ll do this burned out bus and dump trucks stacked with bodies.”
Q: What visual inspiration did you get from the comics?
A: It’s like having a storyboard of the whole production. Usually I get a storyboard of an effects sequence or an action sequence. But it’s very interesting to have something from beginning to end. There are a lot of iconic images in that graphic novel that we have taken into the series. People will go, “Oh yeah that’s the downtown Atlanta shot.” For instance the police station in the graphic novel: One day I was driving around and saw right behind our production office this little brick building that looked exactly like the police station. So there are a lot of points like that, and then the hospital is something we really took to a whole new level as far as the devastation and really showing for the first time the scale of the apocalypse in Rick’s town.
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I love the concept of the story being rooted in realism, but gradually escalating into something surreal and dangerous.
Also, here are some Walking Dead set photos to whet your appetite (some of these we have posted previously):
The Walking Dead airs on AMC in October 2010.