Novice director Spencer Hawken believes his zero budget zombie project will not only spin the zombie evolutionary wheel, but offer it's online social media fans a chance to really get involved.
Death Walks is a psychological horror movie shot in Romford's impressive Mercury Shopping Centre. Spencer's movie project really swung into full effect after the centre's owners offered to loan him the use of the shopping centre to film the project.
Spencer said "Death Walks always had an agenda, that agenda was to get the community involved in the project. There is a plethora of talent nationally, but in particular locally. I thought it was a great opportunity to get in touch with local students and offer them the opportunity to become involved in something truly epic. Much to my surprise there was little interest from local educational organisations, however those that had long since graduated and not been able to get a move up the ladder came to me in their droves."
A little over a week from the official announcement that the film is to be made the project has amassed a resource base of actors and crew totalling around 250 individuals. All of whom are giving their valuable time to get involved in the project.
Spencer continued "The project is more than the sum of its parts, this is not what anyone will be expecting, we are taking a very different zombie angle. It's time to make zombies move on a little in the progression scale. In order for a zero budget movie to get attention it needs to do a number of things, get the public interest and deliver a different story are key to this. That's when we realised that a social media angle would add to the movies power."
The project plans to put an aspect of the films story into the hands of the movies building fan base. In the story a group of girls on a night out find themselves at the very centre of a zombie invasion, in an Orsen Welles' inspired stunt, the fate of these three girls will be put into the hands of the public. The girls will use social media to report their discoveries to the outside world and use the public's participation to give them advice on what to do to get out of the building. It's not all improvised, a full cast of characters already have their stories set in stone.
Death Walks starts like a conventional zombie movie, but moves in very different far darker directions says director Spencer who also wrote the script. "I'm hoping that the surprises we have in store will really blow the audience away!"
Director Of Photography Marcus Uthup sad "It really does take a dark path, and the vision and location are prime when it comes to delivering this truly horrific vision".
Filming is due to begin on July 15th, with an aim to get the trailer out in time for August, and the film to begin the festival circuit from early next year.
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