Andrew Soltys
VFX Theory - The Walking Dead Zombies Prank

Last Wednesday the AMC YouTube channel released a prank video that recently peaked the interested of the MTA and NYPD. The 1:44 minute video shows actors dressed up as zombies scaring people in Union Square from underneath a street grate.  

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It’s a great video, but I’m calling fake and here’s why: 

  • Having spent weeks getting permits from New York City for various projects, from my experience there’s no way any state or park department would issue a permit to open up a grate like this for any purpose. 
  • Nobody would put actors in danger by asking them to stick their arms out risking broken - or severed - fingers and hands. 
  • It is stupid to risk tripping the public and the police presence in Union Square - specifically on the east side where this takes place - would never allow this. 

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My hypothesis: 

  • Anytime we see hands coming out of the grate, it’s visual effects. 
  • Insert shots from above are all shot on a soundstage on a huge Queens somewhere. 
  • There are only shots of the setup that are on-location, then we cut to inside the tent. 
  • From there on, there’s no evidence we’re in Union Square and all the shots of actors getting into position could be filmed anywhere. 
  • Once the prank starts around the one minute mark, the cuts are always the same: wide shot of hands coming out and pedestrian reaction, then a closeup of actors through the grate. Finally, we see some inserts of the pedestrian reacting with nothing else in frame. 
  • Most likely all the “pedestrians” are actually actors reacting to nothing when this was filmed in Union Square. But perhaps the AMC team took some cues from David Blane-type magic specials and used an old editing trick. The producers could have placed a speaker or light under the grate - anything that would scare a passerby. Then, we have an authentic reaction with which the fake portions can be combined. 

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I think this project has a lot in common with ”man in a cube" - a video released a few months ago as a campaign for whil. Everything is real - it’s just not in the same place, or the same time. 

The documentary style of both of these pieces - shallow DSLR-style depth of field - reminds watchers this is all captured in real-time cinéma vérité. 

If this is real, the producers of the project deserve an award for getting this cleared with the city. But also need to never do anything this unsafe again. 


Bar Table for Living Room

Just finished making a new bar table for our apartment! The frame was made out of black pipe which you can get at most hardware stores. Wood tabletop was a recycled set piece from a commercial I recently produced. Special thanks to Bennet for all his help putting this together. 

Black Pipe Shopping List: 

  • x8 Black Nipple 3/4”x18”
  • x2 Black Nipple 1/2”x24”
  • x8 Black Nipple 2/4”x8”
  • x8 Floor Flange 3/4”
  • x4 Black Tee 1/2”
  • x4 Black Close Nipple 1/2”
  • x8 Black Tee 3/4”x1/2”

Additional: 

  • x4 Black Nipple 1/2”x8”
  • x4 Rubber Leg Tips
  • x1 Quart Polyacrylic Satin
  • x32 Wood Screws
  • Recycled Butcher Block

Finished table, with girlfriend. 

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Fishbook.

Fishbook.


thechrisgethardshow:

#BonnarooGethard: A Montessori Teacher in Arizona Offers Left-Over Sandwiches

When food becomes scarce, a teacher in Arizona steps forward to offer Chris a left-over plate of sandwiches and bunch of child-sized Gatorades from her school. Also, this dude Brennan never stops talking shit.


charlietodd:

100 car alarms go off simultaneously in a shopping center parking lot in Staten Island. After parking their cars, 100 participants grouped together behind a 10-foot tall wall in a dead end on the other side of the lot. Participants were then conducted like an orchestra as they pressed their horn or “panic” buttons on their keyless entry remotes. Shoppers and employees at the Lowe’s and Kohl’s stores were surprised by this unauthorized and mercifully brief project.

Full story: Car Alarm Symphony

My favorite is the old guy from “Up.”

(via charlietodd)


charlietodd:

Since Aspen, Colorado has an African American population of 0.44%, Improv Everywhere decided to give the locals a chance to “meet a black person.” They put comedian Colton Dunn in an empty hot chocolate kiosk at the foot of the mountain to greet folks as they exited the slopes.

Project page on Improv Everywhere: Meet a Black Person

This is a remastered edition of this video with new footage and higher video quality.

(via charlietodd)


» Thanks to Film Courage for the guest writing spot. This was lots of fun.

mattadamsapple:

So close! 

icopythat:

amandalynferri:

willschneider:

C’mon, you cant even pretend you don’t want to see this film.

Help them make it!

The Improv Everywhere film is only 5K away from being made BUT it only has 15 hours left to reach it! OH NO!

If you have ever spent 5 minutes being entertained online by one of the many videos that Charlie has organized or creeped on some cuties at the  No Pants Subway Ride I urge you to donate a buck or two. Mostly, I am being selfish and would really like to cuddle up with my laptop and give Deadly Women a break and it won’t happen with out your $$$. 

$10 will get you a digital copy of the film.

Think of it as a movie ticket purchase… way in advance.

(Source: willschneidblog, via mattadamsapple-deactivated20120)


kskill:

mattadamsapple:

Making this video with Katie was a total blast. We have less than 72 hours to reach our fundraising goal and need all the support we can get. With almost 1200 pledges and close to $80,000 in donations, we are on our way to becoming one of the top funded film projects on Kickstarter of all time! However, if we don’t hit our goal, we lose it all. Click Here to find out more.

I’ll be really happy if this gets made.

So close.

(via kskill)


charlietodd:

Just in time for the holidays, Improv Everywhere has a brand new DVD out.  And a t-shirt too.  Thanks to Andrew Flynn Soltys for putting it together.

charlietodd:

Just in time for the holidays, Improv Everywhere has a brand new DVD out.  And a t-shirt too.  Thanks to Andrew Flynn Soltys for putting it together.











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