Strahan of the Dead - Behind the Scenes

Nov 4, 2011 at 11:47
by Aaron LaRocque  
We've had a lot of questions about how we pulled off some of the scenes in the short film, "Strahan of the Dead". In this video, we reveal scene by scene how the project was executed and how we put our $35 budget to use.

This was one of the funnest projects I've ever made. Hands down. I've always loved zombie movies and when Strahan brought up the idea to do a zombie video, ideas started flying. One of the hardest parts of this project was deciding which ideas to keep and which to scrap.

Watch the Behind the Scenes here:
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Watch the full video here:
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behind the scenes of strahan of the dead

Setting up a shot with Greg and Mike


behind the scenes of strahan of the dead

Setting up the "zombie headshot" scene


No Country for Old Zombies

behind the scenes of strahan of the dead

Costumes being prepped for shooting

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Thanks to everyone involved for helping make this possible.

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72 Comments

  • + 49
 So good to see how much work actually went into this. Huge props. It's amazing how well you used what you had (which was very little) to produce something so professional!
  • + 3
 The first news audio is some Australian lass.

Awesome edit and really neat to see some behind the scenes stuff of the shoot! Was the Zombie walk everywhere because it was here in Melbourne and Sydney on the same day . . . braaaiiinnnssss ?
  • + 2
 the "Fires and unknown damage" part is from the vancouver riots.... i think. amazing edit though, very creative.
  • + 1
 Words cannot describe how awsome this is....its a brilliant idea and looks so professional. great thought and ideas have gone into this and its one of the best small films ive seem. Salute
  • + 1
 Sometimes everything just falls in to place with there luck on a few things and especially timing. It definitely paid off and another great short film was made! Well done lads.
  • + 29
 every time i ride trails after watching this vid i seem to ride faster because i think of zombies chasing me
  • + 4
 it seems these dudes have mastered riding and are doing it in costumes now.... just like when you've tried all positions during sex.... :-P great job guys!!!
  • + 8
 Thats great. All for only $35?
  • + 8
 yep, the big expense was the zombie mask which cost about $20, the rest was just buying ketchup, water balloons, some cheap fake blood ingredients and a few $1 t-shirts to wreck from the thrift store!
  • + 4
 rifle couldn't have been cheap
  • + 1
 and my sub
  • + 13
 Aaron, your so full of sh*t, I saw my shirts price tag and it was $1.99 from Value Village.
  • + 2
 And you obviously didn't take the cost of fuel into consideration, or vehicle maintenance. I know every time I have to flee a Zombie scene I floor it thus increasing maximum damage to any zombies in the way . . . . but also increasing gas consumption . . . .

I find you're $35 budget very unjust!

(Scratches head, maybe it was a hybrid!??!)
  • + 4
 Ok ok, you got me. With fuel costs I'd estimate we were up around $75 total production costs.
  • + 4
 ahaha maybe a car wash too after that zombie hit!
  • + 1
 BAM, that's more like it Larock!
  • + 1
 Genuine story telling, mixed with action sports, this is truly an art form and the way forward. The video world is full of slow mo dirt spraying cornering shots, blurred out shallow depth of field bark to rider shots. It is so refreshing to see someone branch off and integrate a story into some riding action. Well done guys, huge props. As a film maker myself it is hard to want to go the extra mile without being paid for your efforts, but you have excelled.
  • + 2
 Peed my pants laughing at first, but then later out of fright. Awesome stuff.
  • + 1
 they need a pinkbike like button at the bottom of every article so when im don watching or reading i can click it.. not just a fb or twitter
  • + 2
 I happen to have that same book. This plan would only work for these guys on that kind of time frame
  • + 2
 my timing must suck, cause i ride these trails lots and never see any zombies !
  • + 1
 You guys are extremely talented and have an awesome imagination! Hey Larock, do you have a youtube account? (PB is blocked at work and your vids are spot on)
  • + 2
 Great work. More info about that saw in the background of the zombie mask please!
  • + 1
 Great vid, very impressive.
I would´ve loved to see the zombie steal your bike in the final shot.
  • + 1
 Loved it. Perfectly filmed and for a budget that low, that was some seriously great work. Good job!
  • + 2
 The deity crew should have been in on this one !!!
  • + 3
 I love you guys!
  • + 1
 should also have a nod of appreciation to Kenny Smith for his horror-MTB video work
  • + 2
 I thought it cost $100? I was bragging all day.
  • + 4
 Most of that was your $65 appearance fee, wasn't it greg?
  • + 3
 No I took a few spoon fulls of the Ragu and called it even.
  • + 3
 it was probably more like $39 if we account for halloween cookies.
  • + 1
 I'll work for cookies and ragu anyday.
  • + 3
 so innovative!
  • + 2
 Video Of the Year! nothing more.
  • + 2
 awesome work from my home town
  • + 1
 awesome ! good work, fella's
  • + 1
 haha that's awesome. Two of my favourite songs ever too Smile
  • + 1
 Haha, so cool - Loved the video.

Cheers
Scout @ Mountain Bike King
  • + 1
 excellent film work! I loved the video
  • + 1
 great work, awesom ideas!
  • + 1
 Great video! Music fits perfect too! Nice work Razz
  • + 1
 so awesome, BIG PROPS FOR YOU MAN Salute
  • + 1
 how did you do the scene where they were eating the person? lol
  • + 1
 it was just someone lying on the ground, the guts he was "eating" were just nylons or something stuff with cotton or something and then slathered in fake blood.
  • + 1
 This is such an awesome video! Sweet work guys!
  • + 1
 best zombie movie i watched in a long time Big Grin
  • + 0
 I think that this zombie stuff has gone way too far. Nothing against you guys, there's obviously a lot of work in this.
  • + 1
 Wooaahh! That was very entertaining. Huge props!
  • + 1
 awesome awesome awesome!!
  • + 1
 that was feggin sick, Good job.
  • + 1
 fucking shit my pants when i saw that zombie face mask on the homepage
  • + 1
 Awesome video, nice work there guys. Keep those awesome videos coming.
  • + 0
 At the beginning his hand is on his knee, then by the end it has slowly moved into and up his pants Wink
  • + 2
 cool story bro. tell it again
  • + 1
 This is amazing. Props guys. Great job.
  • + 1
 illnation!
  • + 0
 ..When's Traharn of the Dead coming?...
  • + 1
 AWESSOMEEEEAAAAHHHHHH
  • + 1
 So good . . . thanks
  • + 1
 good film simples lol
  • - 1
 lot of work into this.. "sweet"

Liked the bike part..

cool ending......
  • + 0
 weird
  • + 2
 i meant to neg. prop you.
  • - 2
 PROPS bro! your gay
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