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Behind the Scenes: Creating Amazing Visual Effects for The Walking Dead

Go behind-the-scenes of AMC’s blockbuster zombie drama The Walking Dead and discover how they create the jaw-dropping visual effects.

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Walking Dead Behind the Scenes Visual Effects

Ever wonder how they create the realistic zombies and effects for The Walking DeadFXGuide.com recently sat down with the show’s visual effects supervisors to get a behind-the-scenes look at how they produce their VFX magic.

An intense amount of motion capture and modeling goes into creating the realistic zombie characters, all done by the skilled team at LA’s Stargate Studios.  Pro visual effects artists use Maya for The Walking Dead’s modeling, rigging and animation, while After Effects is used for compositing characters and effects into the final show.  Lightwave, 3ds Max and Photoshop are also used in the visual effects pipeline.  The team relies heavily on blue and green screen to create digital set extensions and visual enhancements.

A cool visual effects trick: Stargate’s team has compiled a library of CG zombies that can be added to any scene.  This cuts down the number of on-set extras that are needed, making shooting faster and scenes more versatile.

Check out FXGuide’s full post for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at The Walking Dead post production process, complete with interesting before and after VFX shots.  Below, watch the breakdown videos for The Walking Dead’s visual effects:

Best of The Walking Dead VFX from Stargate Studios

Behind the Scenes: The Walking Dead Visual Effects Season 3 from Stargate Studios

Behind the Scenes: The Walking Dead Visual Effects Season 2 from Stargate Studios

Behind the Scenes: The Walking Dead Visual Effects Season 1 from Stargate Studios