21 Behind-the-Scenes Army of the Dead facts
Tig Notaro filmed most of her scenes completely on her own and months after filming was finished.
First, Tig Notaro was added digitally to Army of the dead months after filming ended – in fact, Netflix spent “a few million” dollars doing it.
Also, since Tig was added much later, she filmed all of her scenes completely on her own. Zack Snyder and the digital effects team replica camera angles and âphysical spacesâ of original scenes in a studio.
Zack Snyder Explain that some of the “trickier shots” to film were actually when Tig’s character was walking with the others, and that involved a lot of post-production work because she wasn’t actually with them.
In addition to being a producer, director, cinematographer and screenwriter, Zack Snyder is also credited as “Camera B camera” on Army of the dead, which he “hasn’t done professionally since his days as a sales manager.”
Additionally, this film marks the first time that a Zack Snyder project was shot using digital cameras, which were actually fitted with “50-year-old lenses.”
The opening title sequence was designed “really carefully” by Zack Snyder because he wanted it to almost look like a mini-movie before the movie started.
Zack originally wrote the role of Vanderohe for Dave Bautista, but eventually realized that Dave was perfect for Scott.
Also, Dave has almost refuse Army of the dead because he wanted to “prove himself” as an actor and try something other than an action movie.
To prepare for the Army of the dead action sequences, the lead actors underwent “intensive training in unit tactics, led by retired US Navy SEALs.”
All of the actors who played the Alphas, aka the evolved and fast zombies, had to go through movement training in order to get the “Alpha Zigzag”.
Richard Cetrone, who played Zeus, was wearing “24 silicone prostheses”, and it took him about three hours to put it on a costume when they started filming. The process then came down to less than two hours at the end.
Meanwhile, Athena Perample, who plays Queen, had to wear “22 prosthetic pieces from the waist down”, and it took her almost four hours to put her on a costume each day.
It took 35 make-up artists just over six hours to integrate 150 Alphas into all their prostheses and make-up every day.
In order to make the sets as real as possible, there was a 3D capture company in Las Vegas that scanned the streets to make it all fit.
The team’s zombie-killing taco truck was one of the coolest pieces in the movie to design, according to set designer Julie Berghoff. In fact, if you look closely, you can see that the team is keeping a running count of their zombie deaths.
The details of the costumes were incredibly important and helped to highlight a lot of things about the characters. For example, Cruz’s key necklace opens a locker in her body shop, while Kate wears bracelets that the children at the camp made for her.
In addition, the costume team âsaved, adjusted, aged, destroyed and zombieâ approximately 40,000 items of clothing.
Samantha Win, who plays Chambers, is also a real-life understudy. She was notably the understudy of Ming-Na Wen on Agents of SHIELD
For the zombie horse in Army of the dead, there was a real horse under all the zombie prosthetics.
Meanwhile, the zombie tiger was created digitally, so on set the cast was acting alongside a stunt coordinator who “jumped while holding a stick” with a puppet attached.
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