AMC have announced they are in the initial stages of development on what they’re calling a “companion” series to The Walking Dead.
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Starting Thu., Jul. 4 at 1PM/12c AMC invites viewers to tune-in to “The Walking Dead Season 4 Preview Weekend” and catch up on the series that has been hailed by USA Today as “one of the season’s best series,” and reigns as the number one show in delivery for adults 18-49. The Walking Dead marathon will be hosted by Comic Book Men executive producer Kevin Smith from the Atlanta-based set where the cast are currently filming Season 4 of the hit series. Smith talks to the cast and crew and shares behind-the-scenes footage from the highly anticipated upcoming fourth season. The first season of The Walking Dead airs twice on Jul. 4, featuring marathons of both the original and special black-and-white editions. These are followed by Season 2 on Fri., and Season 3 on both Satu. and Sun. Each day of this four-day event begins at 1PM/12c. (However, the black-and-white editions only apply to Season 1 on Jul. 4).
Greg Nicotero, the Executive Producer and Special FX Makeup Designer for AMC’s The Walking Dead, talks about new zombie tricks for Season 4 and bowling with Norman Reedus during the off-season.
Q: You directed the Season 4 Premiere episode. What is it like to be back?
A: What’s nice about the first episode is that they always supersize it and give you an extra day, because they know that the script is going to be insanely filled with great drama and great action, and we certainly didn’t skimp on anything in this one.
Q: Sounds like there’s a lot going on in Season 4…
A: The story arcs and the script this season are astoundingly detailed, and every single nuance is there for a reason. It’s really fascinating when you step back as a director and you deconstruct a script in your head. When you’re shooting this scene because, for example, Hershel says one word, then the next cut has to feature what he’s saying, that intent follows through.
Q: The weather has been really rainy in the South. How has that affected shooting?
A: As a matter of fact, one of the locations that I picked for the first episode, our first day of shooting, the place was underwater. So we literally had to scramble and pick a new location… They had Porta-Potties and all this stuff set up for where the crew was going to be, and I guess they floated away. [Laughs]
Q: What are the challenges of directing the Premiere?
The Walking Dead’s production designer Grace Walker talks about cleaning up the prison for Season 4 and the secret to making it look like the world has ended.
Q: What projects have you been working on for the new season?
A: We’re trying to form better conditions for the survivors at the prison. We figured because we had a lot more people coming in — like the people coming from Woodbury — that the cellblocks were starting to overflow, so we made more room for them. We had to have better shelter, and conditions where they can now eat outside.
Q: Last season, which episodes were more difficult for you: those that took place at Woodbury or the prison?
A: I think we learned a lot with the Woodbury stuff. We only used to have, like, three hours to get it set up. We’d get in there early in the morning and put up our big barriers and the walls and get everything all ready in the main street area. We’d go like crazy and then we’d shoot for a day, and then we’d have to pull it all down again. And if we went back the next day, we’d have to do it all over again. The exteriors were kind of easy, and we were fortunate enough to have a couple buildings within the town where we’d build out a set, as well.
Q: What are some tricks you’ve learned on the show that have made set construction easier?
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