Archive for the ‘Zombies’ Category

Today’s video still after hours of rotoscoping Zombies at The Headlands

Monday, September 1st, 2008


Zombie Wine

Monday, September 1st, 2008

zombie zin

Sarah Juliet Lauro, PhD student at The University of California Davis with whom I have been corresponding for months, dropped by The Headlands studio yesterday with this fantastic bottle of wine. We sat in the sun and discussed our zombie research.

The back label of this vintage, from Healdsburg, California reads, “2004 Zombie Zinfandel is blood-red in color, horridly rich in concentrated fruit flavors with a finish that never dies.”

shahzad zombie

Later in the evening a spasmodic zombie circa 1940 lurched across the field. I hid behind the trees.

Something Wicked this Way Came

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008


I hear vague stories about ghosts and other undead that haunt The Headlands. No one wants to tell me the stories which is fine with me. These three were in the field the other night, emerging from the fog. Luckily very slowly, although I heard a muffled “kill kill” in the wind.

Slasher Fashion, and Knitted Zombies

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

slasher fashion

Joe Ryan, intern extraordinaire at The Headlands Center for the Arts, models his LRG “Friday the 47th Hoody”, haha. Lest you think the designer got the slashers mixed up, “wasn’t Leatherface the Chainsaw maniac?”, think again – this is progress. By the time Jason Voorhees gets to sequel #47, which if you are young enough may happen in your lifetime, he will figure out the effectiveness of power tools and leave his machete and axe behind. Big Daddy, lead zombie in George Romero’s Land of the Dead, used a jack hammer in 2005 to hurl his way through shopping mall glass where his 1978 predecessors in Dawn of the Dead merely pawed hungrily at the doors until they opened and they lumbered in. If a zombie can evolve, Jason can too. After all he went from wimpy preteen mamma’s boy to strapping youth to a hulk of a man in merely a decade.

He’s looking mighty powerful in this 1989 interview with Arsenio Hall to promote Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan:

slasher fashion

Check out the detail on the appliquéd chainsaws. The mask also detaches to reveal bloody drips inside the hood, if you don’t feel like wearing the slasher mask on a given day. This reminds me of a reversible Red Riding Hood/Granny/Big Bad Wolf doll of my childhood. And here I am in the dark foggy woods surprising myself by sleeping deeply and soundly not even afraid of big bad wolves.

Speaking of dolls and zombies, you might not expect someone who knits to be a horror fan, much less take horror as their craft subject. But knitting isn’t just for tea cozies and sweaters anymore! Ms. Hannah Simpson of the UK skillfully knits the cutest zombies I’ve seen – blood and maiming included – snuggle up with that!

knitted flyboy and fellow zombies

Knitted Flyboy and fellow zombies from Dawn of the Dead.

Visit her blog or see her Dawn of the Dead slideshow.

Wanted: Non-Professional Actors for Ghostly Video Shoot

Thursday, July 31st, 2008


Participants for a video shoot by Headlands Center for the Arts artist in residence Jillian McDonald. Some will be shot from behind only, therefore your identity may be kept anonymous if requested. Participants can be artists in residence, Headlands staff and interns, or visitors to the Center.

headlands field

Ghost Field is a new video featuring a dry uninhabited field, swept by fog. Throughout the long run time various characters enter the frame like lost zombies or ghosts and stagger off to haunt the living. There is no beginning, no end, and no narrative.

Shooting, including ghostly makeup, will take approximately 2 hours. No acting experience or knowledge of horror films necessary!
Contact: jmcdonald [at] jillianmcdonald [dot] net with any questions.

for examples of previous related work see:
Zombie Loop
Vampire Hunt
Zombies in Condoland
Artist’s website

Wanted: Men for Slasher Cycle Video Shoot

Thursday, July 31st, 2008


MEN to participate in a video by Headlands Center for the Arts artist in residence Jillian Mcdonald. All men will be masked, therefore your identity may be kept anonymous if requested. Participants can be artists in residence, Headlands staff and interns, or visitors to the Center.


Slasher Cycle stars anti-heroes Michael Myers from Hallowe’en, Freddy Krueger of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th. The slasher is a sub-genre of horror film wherein a psychopathic, often masked, usually male killer stalks and murders many victims using weapons such as kitchen knives or chainsaws. These 4 films in particular had wildly popular runs from the 1970s and 80s through to the present, effectively transforming characters once viewed as frightening monsters into anti-heroes cheered on by audiences. In Slasher Cycle the four famous slashers stalk each other through the rooms of a house. There are no victims, no one is ever caught or killed. The characters are filmed separately, with a steadicam and from various angles.


I’m looking for men to play the slashers complete with facial masks and costumes. Makeup and shooting will take approximately 2 hours. No acting experience or knowledge of horror films necessary!
Contact: jmcdonald [at] jillianmcdonald [dot] net with any questions.


Zombies in Condoland in the news!

Friday, July 11th, 2008

zombies in condoland

Zombies in Condoland is mentioned in The Globe and Mail, as a highlight of the upcoming Nuit Blanche Toronto! How’s that for pressure?

More press in The National Post.

And CBC.

Zombies in Condoland

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

zombies in condoland

The website for my upcoming performance in Toronto is officially launched here! You can participate!

Zombie Attack Simulation

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

To see the G-rated simulation above, you need Java installed on your system.

Built with Processing by Kevan Davis, Zombie Infection Simulation is not a game but a simulation: the act of simulating something means representing key characteristics or behaviours of a selected real or abstract system.

Zombies are grey, survivors are pink. Zombies move slowly. If something moves in front of them they move towards it. If a zombie finds a survivor directly in front of it, it bites them and the survivor immediately becomes undead. Survivors are pink and move faster than zombies. If a zombie is directly in front of them, they panic. Panicked survivors are bright pink and run twice as fast as other survivors. Note: these survivors clearly have no weapons.

(You’ll need to click on the Java window before it’ll accept keypresses.)
* Press g to toggle between grey and green zombies.
* Press s to alter the simulation speed.
* Press space to uninfect all but one zombie.
* Press z or reload the page to reset to a new city.
* Press + and – to adjust population (this also resets the city).
* Press p to toggle complete panic.

Bloody / Blood

Friday, June 27th, 2008


Review of a video game (unplayed):

Petri Purho is a computer science student in Helsinki who writes a game every month. Bloody Zombies is one of them, where your goal is to rescue Barbara from the zombies. Conceptually, a very low resolution horror themed game is at both humourous (“is that an axe or are you happy to see me?”) and utterly ridiculous (“is that blood on your head or is that your hat?”). Exercise caution or you might find yourself executing the lovely Barbara instead of a hideous zombie. It is this precise combination of hilarity and absurdity that piques my interest.

From the Kloonigames website where Purho archives his efforts, Bloody Zombies is “the goriest game ever made in glorious 128 x 96 resolution! Fight zombies with your lawn mower! Solve levels with your opponents blood!”

Sadly Bloody is only available for PC and/or XBox. Download it if you have one of those systems. Other games include Planet of the Jellies and Crayon Physics – even their titles are delightful.


In related news, Guthrie Lonergan, a young artist from L.A., invites you to cover any Youtube video in blood – thus creating a horror film from any old clip. The screen shot above is one of my videos, Screen Kiss, raining blood.

[An aside: Screen Kiss is on Youtube without my consent, but that is another story.]