Season’s bleedings, y’all!
A while back I reported on Lost Zombies, who I still advertise here. I loved their idea of crowdsourcing a zombie movie from amateur submissions, no matter what your location. I’m all in favor of new media and I love the idea of putting the creative power in the hands of the fans and seeing what they come up with. But I thought their approach was a little scattershot. Forming a single cohesive vision about how the world ends at the hands of shambling, hungry zombies requires a little coordination. This is a minor flaw, of course. Lost Zombies has some fun videos over there. But right now I’m here to talk about the latest amateur zombie flick to come out of the computing cloud.
Nation Undead eschews the notion of a social networking platform. It’s less Myspace/Youtube and more straight ahead filmmaking. But there’s a catch. It’s not a free for all. To participate, there is something you need to consider. Where in the country do you live? Nation Undead has divided the country into zones. Depending on where you live, your situation is different. Some parts have become completely overrun and are just pockets of the living managing to survive among legions of zombies. Others are facing a complete breakdown of order in the face of spreading anarchy. Here in New Hampshire, foreign military has locked out the threat to some degree and has maintained a fragile martial order. But the problem is that people don’t have information and no one is talking. Things are quickly coming apart.
It sounds as though World War Z plays a huge role in the inspiration of this project and I can’t say that I blame them. Max Brooks’ vision of the world spiralling out of control was pretty engaging, though Nation Undead is looking a lot bleaker than Brooks’ book. Nothing is in stone but I’m already talking to a few media making friends of mine about organizing a short for submission.
Definitely take some time to acquaint yourself with the site and for god’s sake, make your own god damn movie. This looks like it’ll be a ton of fun.