Season three summed up: “‘It’s been the season of decapitations,’ declares Stargate Studios visual effects supervisor Victor Scalise, reflecting on season three of AMC’s The Walking Dead. In this series, the characters fortify themselves inside an abandoned prison while still trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. Stargate once again provided digital effects for the show, matching extensive practical and make-up effects work by KNB EFX Group (one of the co-founders of KNB, Greg Nicotero is a co-executive producer, special effects makeup artist, director and also actor on The Walking Dead).
“This time around, Stargate faced some new challenges in realizing effects, especially for up-close zombie kills. ‘Because the characters have evolved into more advanced killing machines they’ve taken a step into closer hand to hand combat,’ explains Scalise. ‘In season two we did a lot of bang! – head shot – bang! – head shot et cetera. But now that the inventory of bullets is running out, we’ve gone into more close combat weapons and they’re more confident in their attack on the zombies. So they now use crowbars, machetes and pokers.'”
If you haven’t already ordered Season 3, you’re holding out for a Governor’s Fish Tank, right?
“We thought it would be fun for the consumer, after buying the case and taking it home, had to get a little interactive, because we’re not supplying the water! So you’re going to have to fill up the tanks yourself, and we’ve got little hooks on the heads, so you can arrange them any way you see fit. You can hang them in a certain order, or you can just let them go to the ground and flop around. No one person’s case has to be exactly like the other’s.”
Awesome! The first boxed set that can literally rot!