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  1. Default Theatre actor trying to be a...ZOMBIE...HELP! 
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    Hello my fellow haunters! Yes it's moi again! This time, Ive got to make myself into a zombie. The only problem is, its for a new haunt on short notice, so I don't really have their mindset figured out 100% yet. I'm no tmuch of a mask guy, especially since most in my price range aren't that great. I'm really good with makeup, so I'll probably do the usual trickery: tissue paper, oat meal, gelatin, the usuals.

    I've got some character ideas in mind. Since I'm still a theatre actor at heart, I like th eidea of being a man bitten by a zombie who, as I'm trying to help the people, finally turns on them.

    But nows the real question...how to act like a zombie? What's more effective: the traditional "slow" zombie, or the modern quick one? Any suggestions on characters, makeup, walk, demenor, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again guys you rock!
     

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    Really you will need to talk to the haunt owner to see what his epectations are then build from the frame work he gives you. Are you having to do your own costume or are they providing?
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    He's very freelance, pretty much told me to do what I want. This is by no means my first haunt, I've been doing this 5 years, but this is my first zombie. 90% of his people seem to do really crappy masks, which isn't my thing, he said if I want to do makeup more power to me.
     

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    Damien~

    If the onwer .. and from what it sounds like they did.. gave you "cart blanche" to do what you want to do ...

    What i woudl suggest .. and some may differ on on this .. is do a bit of "combo movments".. slow to distract then "leap" then switch it up from group to group..

    This would of course depend on your surroundings .. are you in a graveyard with no strobes.. or with strobes.. are you in a room, are you a "wandering zombie" looking for you next meal? Many things have ot be taken into account to determine how you woudl move amogst the groups you are working with.

    As far as makeup.. latex, corn flakes(and/ or rice crispies) and tissue paper DO WORK and work wonderfully.. you biggest expense woudl be the latex...unless you peel your appliance off from night to night and re use it then thats not that big of a deal as long as the appliance lasts for the run.

    Again, given "carte-blanche" go what what you would feel as far as makeup what a zombie would look like .. look at yourself in the mirror and think " hmm how would I look after being dead for so many years.. and suddenly comming/summoned out of the grave (for whatever reason)" then go from there .

    YES i know it sounds corny... but it works....

    Best of luck.

    Just my thoughts.
    Lonewolf/Jeff
     

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    Well if that is the case go for what you feel like try it diffrent styles I usually have 2 diffrent zombie styles I use the old and slow on the older folks (ala Night of the living dead) and fast on the younger folks.

    For some zombie makeup on the cheap here is a video that may help
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6TSTl3e8Mk
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    Hok the audience with slow Romero movements, that says zombie and sells what you are, then you can mix it up like Lonewolf and soul said.
    As far as movement goes, try to move like a balerina thats been hit by a schoolbus.
     

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