THE Zombie Outbreak: What Would YOU Do?
Do you think you can survive THE OUTBREAK? Fasten your seat-belts because were about to experience a trending inter-active horror movie that puts YOU in the drivers seat and IN CONTROL. Your choices will determine the progress of the movie and most especially, your survival. Do you have what it takes to survive the outbreak?
Admit it or not, each one of us had embarrassing moments while watching horror films. Even so, we love the thrill that keeps us at the edge of our movie seat. Who hasn’t watched a horror film and yelled at the characters, “Don’t go there!” or “Oh-my-Gosh!!!”. Well, what if i can give you an inter-active film that will not only keep you tuned but will also give you the power to choose how you wanted the story to progress.
With The Outbreak, viewers can stop yelling and start screaming playing in the character’s bloody shoes. This choose-your-own-adventure style interactive film has certain points of the movie wherein you will be prompted to make a choice and those choices will determine your survival.
IT’S AWESOME-LY SICK RIGHT? WELL NOT AS SICK AS WHEN I TELL YOU WHO THE HELL CREATED THIS, HOW IN THE WORLD DID THEY CAME UP WITH THIS BRILLIANT IDEA AND HOW DID THEY CAME UP WITH THIS SUCCESSFUL ENTERTAINMENT?
WHO ARE THE EINSTEINS OF THIS FILM? ”The Outbreak” was brought to life by Chris and Lynn Lund, who run the Portland, Oregon web design-and-animation studio – SilkTricky (www.SilkTricky.com). Chris Lund is a web designer by day, independent filmmaker by night. Their interactive zombie film “Survive the Outbreak” took the on-line horror community by storm. Chris directed while Lynn produced. The two also created the interactive website.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? According to Chris Lund, the idea came from years of doing interactive work. Just being around all the latest stuff being done is a big help towards thinking on the right track. The websites that they most enjoyed working on have been those that merged video and interactive. According to him, when gearing up to do a side project, it was definitely something he wanted to explore more and try to expand upon. After the idea of making it interactive was solidified, they decided that it seems like it would be best-suited for the horror genre, since those are the movies most viewers usually get frustrated at the actors for making dumb decisions. The concept of the film allows viewers to make the smart decisions based on their instincts between yes and no. The objective was to have certain decisions that had some logical reasoning to them. Even if, at first, the viewer couldn’t tell, once it was revealed later, the hope was that it would make sense.
THE NAVIGATION AND INTERFACE ARE VERY IMPRESSIVE. WHO HANDLED THE ON-LINE CODING? According to Chris, “My “day job” is Creative Director of a small design studio, SilkTricky (www.silktricky.com). We do primarily flash sites, for a living. So, building and coding the site, albeit critical, came a whole lot easier and probably took only about 2 weeks. But, there never was, and currently isn’t a plan in place to generate revenue or receive distribution. The hope is that a lot of people watch it, a lot of people like it, and maybe some day, someone will pay us to make something else”.
WERE THERE DIFFICULTIES ENCOUNTERED WHILE MAKING THIS FILM? According to Chris, It would probably be – keeping the story lines straight. Because the story “branches” off (different choices made has different results), they had to constantly remind themselves that things were kinda happening simultaneously. “There were so many times when an idea would seem good to start, and then when thought about from different paths in the movie, it became clear that it wouldn’t work”, added by Chris Lund.
“The Outbreak” was filmed over 6 days in and around Portland, Oregon, using local actors and crew. The entire production was self-funded. The Lunds plan to use “The Outbreak” to showcase their talents beyond web design and maybe even gain some sponsors for their next production.
COME ON! I KNOW YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS..
- HOW TO FREAKING PLAY???? -
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MEET THE CHARACTERS FEATURING:
1. James – the cool-headed, tactical man of the bunch and our protagonist.
2. Seth – the cocky, hotheaded bad ass of our story.
3. Alex – the creepy, quiet guy.
4. Kelly – the girl.
5. Dave – the injured one.
Well, there’s your contestants. Come on down, and place your bets ladies and gentlemen.
The show is about to begin.
Night has fallen, and your little group of survivors has managed to fight through to the uncertain sanctity of a small suburban house in the midst of the hordes of living dead that surround it. There’s a problem though: Dave’s been shot, or worse yet, bitten. It’s hard to tell. Kelly thinks she can save him, but Seth already has his gun out and doesn’t want to take any chances, even if it means putting a bullet in the head of someone not even infected. You’re the deciding vote.
And so starts The Outbreak.
It is true that many of the usual criticisms of the full-motion-video genre apply to The Outbreak. You basically watch the film until prompted to make a choice, the acting is questionable and it sometimes feels that your successful choices are frustratingly based on dumb luck rather than logic. On the other hand, the fast-paced direction and well-done special effects are quite effective in creating a constant sense of menace, and the chapter select options allow you to easily return to an earlier decision, limiting frustration.
There are 21 scenes in total, with 10 decision points. There are 6 options that lead to death, and 2 that lead to your survival, though the “death” endings are often just as entertaining as the “survival” ones. There’s something to be said for the visceral emotion of live-action scares that’s hard to capture in drawn form.
The Outbreak is a fast, dumb, violent, profane, zombie movie in interactive form. Some will find that sentence to be a compelling reason to check it out, and others a compelling reason to stay far away. The Outbreak series is a game worth watching and a movie worth playing.
Watch them all at www.SurviveTheOutbreak.com.