‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’: Go On-Set with FX Artist Tony Gardner

     August 27, 2015


Today’s entertainment landscape is thoroughly saturated with zombie mayhem. Film, television, books, comic books — every media has embraced flesh-hungry living dead. Now that casual viewers are just as hip to the genre as hardened pros, how do you design something original? How can you show the audience something they’ve never seen before? Such was the challenge put before makeup effects designer Tony Gardner (Zombieland) when he signed on to Christopher Landon‘s raucous coming-of-age tale, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

While on set of the new zombie comedy, Gardner — who cameos in the film as one of his own zombie creations — told me and a few other reporters all about his approach to re-inventing the walking dead, from embracing digital enhancement to hiring movement professionals. He also did the whole damn interview in full-face prosthetics, like a boss. Check out the video below.


Here’s the official Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse synopsis. Click here to read the 20 things I learned on set.

Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes.  When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.


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