Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Chronicles of the Dead - "Apocalypse"

Chronicles of the Dead - "Apocalypse" from 3nFilms is a great little nail biter of a film rush. We're dropped into a car and hiding with our lead and we're obviously not doing so well. Zombies roam outside and our lead is very, very upset. As time ticks by, we leave the car with the lead and try to make a run for it. Zombies are everywhere and we need to get from point A to point B without drawing their attention. It's classic, video game action with cinema verité style camerawork that really puts you in the short - right in the action. The time is right on it as well. In just a little over 7 minutes, we're lead down a very creepy and frightening road with some truly creepy moments I enjoyed with ghoulish delight! :)

Now, while I enjoyed this short, there were some things that I just had to forget about when watching.

"Who's filming? And....why?" There were a few scenes where the lead would have had to set up a camera to film herself. It just would not be a priority for someone in the situation.

"Why are we running and not driving one of the vehicles that litter the street?" No clue.

"Where are we trying to get to? No idea. :)

And lastly, "Why was this done in this cinema verité style and not just straight film style?" I think the whole of the feature would have been much stronger without trying to capture a "film being shot by the character" style. Switching from "God camera" viewing her to a camera that is supposed to be her eye view would have been super effective.

With all of that said, APOCALYPSE is a strong and fun zombiecoaster ride that is well worth a view!

A horrific account chronicling the breakdown of society and the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. 

Directed by: Brian Hernandez
Written by: Younger Robbins & Brian Hernandez
Produced by: Erin Cathcart, Younger Robbins, Brian Hernandez
Edited by: Collin McDowell

Starring: Anastasia Leddick

Director of Photography: George Hernandez
1st Assistant Director: William Lambe
2nd Assistant Director: Amanda Szot
Production Designer: Erin Cathcart
Art Department: Ellen Fetterman, Daniel Mendez Grips: Jon Marsch, Robert Moreno, Richard Satoru Brown
Special Effects Supervisor: Myke Michaels
Key Makeup Artist: Kylie Van Hoosier
Makeup Artists: Lexie Almanzar, Sophie Pratt
Production Assistants: Julian Cedron, Eric Eickholt, Cassandra Almeroth Sound: Jon Marsch

--------------------------------A 3N Films Production---------------------------------

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