JOHN SKIPP’S “ROSE”: THE ZOMBIE WALK MANIFESTO (A PLAN FOR FUN-PACKED, COMMUNITY-BASED, KICKASS MOVIE ACTION)
Now let me ask you this:
While you’re at it, how would you like your undead antics to be featured in a wildass zombie motion picture, written and directed by the guy who instigated the whole modern zombie literary craze? (That’s ME!)
The movie is ROSE: THE BIZARRO ZOMBIE MUSICAL. Here’s a link to a video that explains exactly what’s going on.
Yes, it’s a Kickstarter campaign. But YOU DON’T HAVE TO GIVE MONEY TO PARTICIPATE. (Although you’re more than welcome to!)
Here’s what we’re looking for:
1) GREAT MASS FOOTAGE OF ZOMBIE SWARMS, OVERRUNNING THE STREETS. Be they shot in hi-def, straight off your phone, or anything in between.
I’m particularly interested in footage shot by people inside cars, phone booths, or buildings. POV (point of view) shots from someone desperately trying to show the world what’s happening, in the early stages of zombie apocalypse, from wherever they’re trapped… but who would logically have an opportunity to be shooting this stuff.
Aerial views (from rooftops, office buildings, apartments, parking garages) would be exceptionally cool, as well. And if you happen to be in a helicopter… DAMN!
2) ATTACK SEQUENCES. Where somebody actually gets taken down and eaten. These could be improvised on the spot, by you and your friends.
Or – if you’re game – we could coordinate some action set pieces in advance. I’ve got great ideas for gags, if you want to try ‘em. And I love collaborating with fun-loving people. So I’d basically be directing long-distance, which would totally be a blast.
IF YOU’RE IN A ZOMBIE WALK, AND YOU WANT YOUR FACE TO APPEAR IN OUR MOVIE…
Go to our Facebook page, and say “I give my permission to use my likeness in ROSE.” We’ll email you a simple permission form, which you print up, sign, and send to the address we give you.
If we use the footage, your name will be listed in the closing credits. And also on the IMDB page, so nobody can tell you that you weren’t really in the film.
And if you’re an actor, it’s an instant piece of cred. You can slap it on your reel and resume. Which never hurts.
IF YOU WANT YOUR SELF-SHOT FOOTAGE TO APPEAR IN ROSE…
Same deal. Post on the above link and say, “I give you my permission to use this footage.” We’ll email you the permission form, tell you where to send it, and also tell you where (and how) to send the footage.
If we wind up using it, you will get a Location Cinematographer credit, tied to the city or town where you shot. This will roll on the closing credits, and also appear on IMDB. Feel free to use it to your advantage.
WILL YOU GET PAID FOR THIS?
No. This is a total low-budget indie horror enterprise, with no studio backing. We’re pulling this together with nothing but love and the skin of our teeth. (Important note: teeth don’t have skin.)
You get paid in credit, and fun participation, and the chance to have your happy day immortalized in an awesome cult movie that zombie movie lovers will be screening at parties till the end of time.
Going “Here’s where we ate Bob!” Or “That’s what all 5,000 of us looked like from overhead!”
I’M TALKING TO YOU, SEATTLE! (ON JULY 2, 2011!)
WILL WE SHOW YOUR FACE IF YOU DON’T GIVE US WRITTEN PERMISSION TO DO SO?
No. We will gauge each piece of footage against the permissions acquired, and will either:
a) not use the footage, or
b) crop or blot out any unregistered faces.
Which is why we urge you to…
GET EVERYONE ON YOUR ZOMBIE WALK TO SIGN ON!
GET INVOLVED! Tell your friends. Tell the zombie shambling beside you!
If you want to shoot something cool with a mob – or want to be in that mob, and get that footage shown – HOOK US UP! Get ‘em to get in touch, and clear it. Cuz that wlll make all difference.
DO WE WANT YOU TO GIVE TO ROSE’S KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN?
OH, HELL, YES! As Neil Gaiman said – in Tweeting about ROSE – one buck from every zombie walker on Earth would EASILY fund this project.
So if you want to see ROSE happen – or more to be point, be a part of ROSE happening – then please throw down. It ain’t gonna happen without audience support. And there are a ton of cool incentives if you do. (Check the Kickstarter page.)
ROSE is a labor of love, from top to bottom. A love letter to George Romero. A love letter to everyone who loves zombie horror, black comedy, suspense, social satire, deranged puppets, or cult film at its wildest and weirdest.
Thank you so much! And have THE BEST ZOMBIE WALK EVER!