Monday, June 29, 2009

Rust Belt Chic: Zombie Diaspora

I'm in a pithy post groove. Cultural artifacts from Buffalo:

Lamberson said he feels the location will add so much to the scope of the story and really make it look like a big-budget film. Even the city itself, which over the past decade has begun to look like the capital of some post-apocalyptic world, was made for his purposes.

In addition, having lived in Buffalo for the past six years, Lamberson said he's gotten to know various artists and filmmakers in the area. He's been cateloging them and deciding who does what best, he explained,which has allowed him to put together an extremely talented, and local, group of people to work on the film, including both actors and production crew.

There will be five different people from Buffalo working on special effects alone, as well as a local cinematographer working on the film.

"I feel like I'm taking everything the area has to offer my areas of interest and putting them to work," Lamberson said, adding, "... The rust belt is ideally suited to this, and, in fact, somewhat inspired it."

The film will utilize a combination of old-style latex special make-up effects - such as those used in the original "Slime City" movie - and cutting edge digital work. Special make-up effects will be handled by Craig Lindberg in New York City and Zombified Studios in Buffalo, with R.J. Sevin - one of the founders of Creeping Hemlock Press - creating the digital effects to enhance the post-apocalyptic world scenery.

Pittsburgh is a hot spot for horror film aficionados. Seeing Buffalo in this light makes me wonder about other Rust Belt cities. Is "old-school horror" Rust Belt Chic?

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