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The Walking Dead Season 1 Crew Interviews

Creating a post-apocalyptic world is no easy feat. Indeed, it takes an army of the living — from set and make-up designers to producers, cinematographers and directors — to assemble an army of the dead. Throughout the production of Season 1, interviewed the talented crew responsible for bringing The Walking Dead to life. Revisit these chats now, and see for yourself how a hit zombie epic is made.

• “One of the things I found most intriguing about The Walking Dead was that it was so focused on the characters. Within the context of the cool zombie apocalypse, there was this very serious character drama.” — Frank Darabont (Writer, Director, Executive Producer)

• “I’m working on the [comic] book every month, but most of the people on the show are dead in the comic. Spoiler alert! [Laughs] I’m walking around set thinking to myself, Yeah, I killed that guy. Yup, killed her. Probably gonna kill him next issue!'” — Robert Kirkman (Comic Creator, Series Executive Producer)

• “It’s actually the zombies who are the most predictable: You know what zombies are after. What you can’t anticipate is how one surviving human is going to interact with another.” — Gale Anne Hurd (Executive Producer)

• “We want to be able to show the degradation of these zombies over time. So some zombie make-ups are a little more fresh-looking, some are a little more decomposed looking.” — Greg Nicotero (Special Effects Make-Up Designer)

• “The set was so large, when Frank [Darabont] got there he didn’t even see we had a Huey helicopter landed in the street… The helicopter got lost. [Laughs]” — Greg Melton (Production Designer)

• “There are moments when you just have to pinch yourself and say, ‘This is so cool, I can’t believe I get to shoot this, I am in the middle of a graphic novel.'” — Michelle MacLaren (Episode 2 Director)

• “My aim is to make it off-kilter enough to where there’s just something subconsciously wrong with every image — it starts to become a world where nothing’s right.” — David Boyd (Cinematographer)

• “One of the things I think people are going to be struck with is the general lack of score altogether… It becomes really disconcerting when you’re walking down a hallway and you don’t hear anything — you don’t know what’s going to happen.” — Bear McCreary (Composer)

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