by Christine Bunish
Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead, which debuted last year, are eagerly awaiting a new season of zombie encounters when the series returns this fall. These aren’t your father’s – or grandfather’s – zombies, thanks to amazing make up effects by KNB EFX Group, which manage to capture once-human beings turned horrific, and digital VFX by Stargate Studios depicting a frightening post-apocalyptic Atlanta. These companies are using both traditional techniques and leading software solutions to achieve big-screen results for smaller screens at home.
The Walking Dead has lensed its two seasons on location in Atlanta, taking advantage of venues urban, suburban and rural to show an America overrun by zombies. Our locations feature documents how The Glades and HBO’s Hung take advantage of an array of locales in South Florida and Michigan, respectively, for their series and how HBO’s Mildred Pierce found 1930s Hollywood in New York. Not all production happens on location, of course, so Soundstages Coast to Coast showcases a dozen places to shoot features, TV and spots.
Check out our handy Music & Sound Guide to find where to obtain stock music and sound effects libraries plus original music and sound design to meet any need – you’ll want to clip and save it. And don’t miss Making TV’s look at a dramatic TV trailer and Making Commercials’ report on 21st century test commercials.