It’s no secret to my blog readers that I’m a die-hard Zombie fan. Not because I have a psychic dream of being eaten by a horde, but because of how it feels (or how it’s portrayed) when a zombie apocalypse takes place. How does it feel when the world as you know it becomes an abandoned planet? How does it feel to live every day knowing there’s no future? For that rant, you should check out my earlier post, If Zombie Apocalypse Takes Place.
Speaking of Zombie Apocalypse, I’m a huge fan of Zombie films and stories. The Walking Dead will continue to remain my most favorite TV show because it shows how human being can be more horrifying than a bunch of flesh –eaters who, ironically, are also human beings. In terms of movies, I’ve watched almost all the big titles such as Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Shawn of the Dead, Zombieland, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Siege of the Dead (German), Warm Bodies, etc.
While it’s a hard task to determine which of these titles is the best zombie film ever produced, I personally like Dawn of the Dead (2004) because of how it opens. How will it feel to wake up one day and see the world going to hell? That’s what Dawn of the Dead shows through its lead female character.
This morning, I was checking out how movie adaptions are made based on books and I ended up on a fine blog post written by a screenwriter. The post was full of useful and little known information, and at the end of the post, I was convinced to check out how an entire movie can be written within 120-page (Yes, that’s the average page limit of a Hollywood movie script). I recently watched Dawn of the Dead (again) so I downloaded the first draft of the film. Though it was first draft, it had a lot of similarities to the movie and I could see how much it was changed from the first script written for the title.
Around the opening scenes after the film’s title is written, I discovered something that got me excited. The first draft of Dawn of the Dead had a planned scene in Bangladesh, They might have shot the scene in one of its studios pretending to be in Bangladesh, but since the name of the country was written, had it stayed that way, I believe there would have been some sort of sign showing that it’s in Bangladesh.
For someone like me living in Bangladesh, it’s pretty exciting. There hasn’t been any TV show or movie (perhaps not even a single book) that portrays a zombie apocalypse in Bangladesh. The term, “Zombie” is little known to average Bangladeshi. Only those who watch movies or read English literature have a familiarity with it. However, I wish to write a Zombie apocalypse story set in Bangladesh someday and probably make a short film out of it. I’m more of a book fan but you know, (writing a book is way easier than making a film) in this digital era, visual media gets more attention than anything else. That’s why the wish to make a short film. ;)
Oh, and for those curious, a successful first-time screenwriter, according to an industry expert, can earn somewhere from $300,000 to $600,000. Again, this is for starters who can convince a studio to make a movie out of their script (which the studio may or may not, even if they buy the script). But don’t be too excited already, screenwriting is a difficult thing. You’ll be presented with a long story and shortening it into 120 page without losing any of its essence is more difficult than you can imagine.
Anyway, it was an exciting morning to discover that Bangladesh was this close to being in a top Hollywood zombie film. :P
Have you watched Dawn of the Dead? What do you think about it? And how do you feel about a zombie apocalypse?