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July/August 2011

Feed your brain on an in depth look at the makeup and visual effects of AMC's smash hit, The Walking Dead. Also featured are articles on location shooting for episodic television and a review of some of the best soundstages throughout the USA.

KNB EFX Group and Stargate Studios Bring The Walking Dead To Life

/imgp/151When swarms of post-apocalyptic zombies staggered onto the screen in AMC’s The Walking Dead last Halloween, viewers got up close and personal with the undead and the remnants of the world they and the surviving bands of humans inhabit thanks to remarkable make up effects by KNB EFX Group Inc. in Chatswoth, California ( and equally impressive digital VFX by Stargate Studios in South Pasadena (

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Locations, Locations, Locations

Shooting the Gibtown episode of The Glades at buildings on the New River owned by the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society (Matt Passmore in blue shirt). Photo: Glenn Watson/Courtesy of FOX Television StudiosLocation shooting spells success for much programming on the small screen. A wide diversity of venues in close proximity to each other, a strong sense of place and local flavor, the authenticity of real brick-and-mortar neighborhoods and period sites all contribute to making audiences for The Glades, Mildred Pierce and Hung feel they know their characters and their worlds.

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Soundstages: Coast to Coast

Universal Studios Production Group at Universal Studios FloridaWhether you’re shooting movies, TV series, specials, music videos, commercials, webisodes or corporate videos you’ll find stages across the country – both well-established and brand new – tailored to meet your needs.

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From the Editor: Zombies – and Others – On Location

Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead, which debuted last year, are eagerly awaiting a new season of zombie encounters when the series returns this fall. These aren’t your father’s – or grandfather’s – zombies, thanks to amazing make up effects by KNB EFX Group, which manage to capture once-human beings turned horrific, and digital VFX by Stargate Studios depicting a frightening post-apocalyptic Atlanta.

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Making Commercials: Testing, Testing – Launch

“Chase” tells the story of the youngster who out-skateboards a throng of skateboarding kids who want some of his Fanta. Ogilvy NY ( produced the commercial for the Coca-Cola Company brand. PSYOP NY ( handled the animation.

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Making TV: Disintegrating Into Civil War – METAphrenie

What’s it like to go to war? The History Channel’s two-hour movie, Gettysburg, tries to make you understand. Roundly panned by critics for inaccuracies, the production, executive-produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott and directed by Andrew Simon, nevertheless sought a contemporary retelling of the story, with the admirable goal of replacing the romanticism of war with a sense of what it was like to fear and fight for your life in a desperate three-day battle.

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