ZOMBIE FARM NEWS
Fear Film 'Zombie Farm' Wraps
Januar 15, 2007 -- Post-production on Zombie Farm is nearing completion. This gore-filled zombie-rama is planned for release in the spring of '07.
What do you expect from your low budget movies? Let’s be even more specific: what do you expect from your zombie movies?
If it’s a Romero movie, we expect a lot. If it’s off the shelf in a video, expectations are generally next to nothing. Some good gore and maybe a little T&A. Well, "Zombie Farm" may very well break the mold.
Based on early indications, we might expect more from BLB Media’s Zombie Farm, directed by B. Luciano Barsuglia.
Zombie Farm promises a relentless flow of blood and non-stop gore. It also has a mix of seasoned actors with names and faces you know, as well as B-movie and horror genre journeymen.
“It’s a fast-paced movie,” admits Barsuglia. “I wanted to make a blood-soaked zombie movie, but I didn’t realize that it was as much of an action movie as it is until we watch the first cut. Man, does this movie move.”
“When I was writing the screenplay, I modeled the pacing after the Italian westerns of the late ‘60s and early 70s,” adds Barsuglia. “In those westerns, the concept was that something had to happen – action had to happen about every ten minutes. With Zombie Farm, we took that notion a little further. I think the longest stretch without blood is something like six and a half minutes.”
Gone are the days of low-budget being synonymous with low quality. Zombie Farm is a high definition feature that combines action, gore and comedy to splatter entertainment across the screen. Zombie Farm is the tale of Muerto Verde, a small town infested with inbred cannibal farmers who have become zombies.
“The technology available to independent filmmakers is amazing,” says Barsuglia. “The things we are able to do with Zombie Farm were unfathomable just a few years ago.”
Barsuglia is referring to not just the accessibility of high definition video, but the accessibility of digital effects, and recognizable actors.
“We wanted a lot of gore,” says Barsuglia. “We wanted it however we could get it, and we wanted it to look great.”
Producer Vince Lara took on the duties of gore master, overseeing more than a dozen onset makeup and effect artists over the course of production. In addition, Lara, the guru of effects took on the task of mastering the digital domain of computer generated effects. As a graphics artist by trade, Lara found the transition to be a natural one and easier than expected.
Zombie Farm boasts fifty-plus gallons of blood spilled on set, more than sixty CG effects, and over 200 zombie extras. Additionally, it has a lot of recognizable names and faces. Among them are Christine Cowden (Witch’s Sabbath), Jed Rowen (Black Dahlia), Joe Estevez (Werewolf), Javier Morga (One Life to Live), Bobby Field (Guy in Row Five), Danielle De Luca (The Curse of Lizzie Borden) and D.T. Carney (Dead Things).
“It wasn't much,” says Barsuglia when asked about the budget. “But if I told you what it actually was, you wouldn't believe me. We had an incredibly dedicated group of contributors, crew members and cast members.
Well, that begs the question, how could a movie like Zombie Farm have such a high level of special effects?
“Accessibility,” reveals Barsuglia. “Three years ago, when we made Dementia: An Experiment in Terror, these things weren't accessible to us in terms of cost. Now they are. We can shoot on HD. We can edit HD. We can output HD. And, we can now create digital effects that had been previously reserved for studios and big budgets.”
Then of course, we want to know, how did a low budget movie get together so many professional actors?
“We worked with SAG Indie,” notes Barsuglia. “The Screen Actor’s Guild has a division just for independent movies. With a modified contract, we were able to work with both union and non-union actors. This allowed us to bring together a great mix of talent without any real limitations.”
But in Zombie Farm the gore’s the thing …
“I expect to be looking extremely attractive in my blood soaked blouse … [there’s] nothing more glamorous than gasping for air with blood everywhere.” says Christine Cowden, who plays the trigger happy FBI Agent Spaulding.
“I get my insides ravished by zombies and I expect the gore to be off the charts,” says Rachel Balzer, who has the small but pivotal role of Sweet Thing. “I was certainly bloody enough afterwards to warrant it. It was gross, but worth it.”
It’s “just plain old, bucket of blood, splashing, gut-chewing fun,” adds Jeff Bilbo, who plays the doomed Postmaster Walt.
To learn more about the movie visit: www.zombiefarmmovie.com
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