Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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On Saturday, Wikinews visited the set of indie comedy film Dead on Set. Using the movie-in-a-movie concept, the film is a comedy about a group of people filming a zombie movie, during which a real zombie virus outbreak occurs. The entire film was shot in the greater Tyler, Texas area.

The film was written, directed and produced by Amanda Spangler. An array of make-up artists worked to create the realistic bite and injury marks for actors.

When asked how she came up with the idea for the film’s script, Spangler said, “We often see the efforts of filmmakers being put to the test when it comes to creating fantasy or horror based movies. I had always wondered what would happen if their dreamscape became their reality and how they would react. For this film, they’re so entwined in what they’re doing they can’t even tell the difference between real zombies and the fake ones. Considering the hilarity of that concept, I decided to write a comedy on that very subject.”

Although production for the film has ended, the project must now go though the editing process. Spangler plans to submit the film to Tyler’s film festival in mid-May and the film is to screen at Tyler’s historic Liberty Theater in late May or early June for cast members and their families. Roughly half of the film was shot in or near a hair salon owned by Coby Archa, who appeared as a contestant on the reality television series Survivor.