Zomtober 2015 - post#5
There's always a danger that a particular genre of filmmaking can become swamped with tired storytelling and over used clichés, zombie films particularly are prone to this, but every so often one stubs a toe on a gem of celluloid creativity, something that looks at things a bit differently, I would like to offer up Zombieland as one such example.
This is essentially a road movie, as our band of survivors, following a list of survival rules, make their way toward a rumoured safe haven in Los Angeles. There a plenty of laugh out loud moments sandwiched between the inevitable gratuitous violence and gore, but a particular highlight is when our band of plucky survivors seeks shelter in a Hollywood mansion belonging to no less a celebrity than Bill Murray himself. What follows is a wonderfully absurd sequence that sees the untimely demise of Mr. Murray due to a case of mistaken identity.
Imagine my delight then, when I saw this splendid two piece casting*, simply known as the 'Celebrity', but a sculpt that could so easily be mistaken for a certain B. Murray Esq.; another stretch goal from the successful 'Studio Miniatures' Z-Clipz: Outbreak Kickstarter. This was too good an opportunity to pass up and when it came to applying paint, I was keen to play homage to the man. Initially I was worried about the pattern on his Pringle golfing sweater, but after much concentration and the occasional blue word this soon became my favourite area.
*The left arm a separate piece
When it came to basing I was keen to hint at the Hollywood mansion, where the character meets his untimely demise. Unsure how to proceed I stumbled across some wooden floor bases from 'Fenris Games'* in my bits box and then inspiration struck! I remembered that Furt had kindly resized some rugs that he was going to use for his games set in the exotic Indostan. A quick visit to the always inspiring 'Adventures in Lead' and I had a veritable bazar at my disposal, the rugs available as part of an "over stocked, half priced, closing down, clearance, end of financial year, camel soiled sale" were simply downloaded, with a section snipped off one corner and pasted onto the painted base. Once assembled the miniature was drilled and pinned on top.
*That said, I don't seem to be able to find them anymore on their webstore.
So what next? Well, I'm hoping to finish off some Victorian undead for a sneaky mid week post and then, if all goes to plan, I have another 'Studio Miniatures' survivor for the final run in to the finish line of 'Zomtober 2015'.
Columbus: Oh, my God. Oh, my God, I can't believe I shot Bill Murray.
Tallahassee: Mr. Murray?
Bill Murray: I'm just Bill, I think, now.
Bill Murray: Yeah?
Tallahassee: [pokes at Bill's wound] I don't think we're gonna be able to stitch this.
Bill Murray: Ah. That's still tender.
Tallahassee: You think you might pull through?
Bill Murray: No.
Columbus: If it means anything now, I am so sorry. It was just instinctive.
Bill Murray: It was my bad. I was never a very good practical joker.
Little Rock: So do you have any regrets?
Bill Murray: "Garfield," maybe.