Open Source Zombie: is a zombie film project to be designed online, and completed AFK. Made by zombie fans for zombie fans!
Check out the kickstarter project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/999477805/open-source-zombie
Their first goal has been reached! Any additional donations will go towards film production and other necessities to make the project awesome. Check it out:
The film will have two ways on how people can participate, they can film “plugins” or their own short stories that take part in the same apocalyptic world. There are only very few restrictions and even material made with mobile phones if it is good can be added to the actual film. Video/film makers all around the world can fill into the main plot by making their own side stories, and filming it THEMSELVES. It is like Iron Sky vs. Youtube’s Life in a Day, except a f%^$£ up realistic scenario of a Malthusian catastrophe in which humans form complex groups to fight each other and zombies. This would be 50% of material.
Then another part the main plot is developed online in a collaboration by talented core people. This is where some writing talent is needed and real interest, but if you are up to it please step forth! This part is going to be filmed with rigor, and professionally with a good cinema camera. However as only about 40 minutes of material need to be shot this will bring down costs quite considerably, and effort can be put into making this very intense! Now again the zombies, actors, crew are all going to be part of the open source community!
We are going to create a “democratic” system in a similar manner to real life on our website. A voting system will be done so that important factors about the nature of zombies and their consciousness can be decided. There will be a main script, which can be influenced by taking part, but also on top of that There will be no black and white in this film, but 365 shades of grey. Morality, survivalism, altruism are factors that this film deals with. Iron Sky is very much an inspiration, but only in how they made the film.
We have thought about a few guidelines for zombies, which make them more based on science but moreover easier for people to concentrate on the important factors. Parasitic worms are the cause? Yes, this is a point that makes acting especially for amateurs easier. First the zombies are live creatures, and die easier making it easier to create realistic killings, but sure the easiest way is always to kill the brain as the worms secrete a powerful painkiller making the zombies numb to pain. The zombies if not very hungry would not eat other humans but drool maggot infested saliva on top of the victims, however the zombies might be starving thus need to eat what ever they can get their hands on. Now making realistic eating scenes is quite hard, and this is the reason why eating is a good option for only those that are into making outstanding VFX.
If you are not convinced about parasites then you should know that World Health Organization estimates that around 10% of humanity live with parasitic worms (600-700 million people suffer at this moment, some of these are extremely painful infestations) and also watch this national geographic video on how parasitic worms change snails into zombies www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go_LIz7kTok
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/OpenSourceZombie