Good news dead fans, we've just had mail from Mike Bartlett, producer / director of The Zombie Diaries, with a few pics attached. This is what he had to say for himself.
The Zombie Diaries can be described as a cross between Night of The Living Dead and The Blair Witch Project
The film is shot on DV in a documentary (almost video diary) style.
The film is scheduled for release in early 2006.
The Zombies in the film were trained and choreographed by Litza Bixler who did the same job on Shaun Of The Dead
The Special Effects are by Scott Orr, Mike Peel (The Descent) and Cesar Alonso.
The film is composed of three stories that interlink. The first segment tells the story of survivors who retreat to an old farm; the second segment tells the story of three people scavenging the remnants of a dead city; the third segment follows a documentary team who are caught up in the outbreak as it begins. The stories link up at several points.
The film is shot in a hand-held style, with each segment of the film being a different 'tape' that was found which belonged to one set of characters.
The idea for the film came about when I wanted to imagine what would happen if a real zombie outbreak occurred. I know that anyone with access to generators or batteries would try and use whatever equipment they had to document the outbreak. Originally the idea was for a short, but then Kevin Gates suggested that we turn the idea into a feature and comprise it of different survivorís stories.
My previous work is a short film called Mnemosyne which will be screened on the community channel in 3 weeks on Sky, Telewest, NTL and Freeview. It can also be viewed online at my website www.makingthefilm.com
Kevin Gates's previous work includes writing and directing the horror feature film The Unseen as well as credits on television documentaries, feature films and many short films. He is also a freelance writer for publications including The Dark Side and DVD World, specialising in Italian genre cinema.