DefTone Pictures Studios
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Indie film The Final Night and Day, which features 1,000 separate zombie make-ups, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from DefTone Pictures Studios. Read on for more details, a few stills, and the trailer.
From the Press Release: The Final Night and Day is the third and most ambitious feature from the Buffalo-based DefTone Pictures Studios production company, following Bitez and Gore. Founding members Adam Steigert and Stephanie Andrews shared writing, directing, producing, and cinematography duties on all three productions, with Steigert editing.
The Final Night and Day was filmed in Western New York in the summer of 2010. The plot follows a group of corrections officers and escaped convicts fighting to survive during a zombie epidemic. For the film’s biggest sequence, Steigert and Andrews shut down the main street of Angola, New York and imported wrecked cars and 500 zombie extras for the ultimate “zombie walk.”
“The big Zombie Day in Angola was a real undertaking,” according to special make-up effects supervisor Rod Durick of Zombified Studios, whose upcoming book Filming the Undead: How to Make Your Own Zombie Movie will be published in September. “In pre-production meetings, Adam and Stephanie wanted 200 zombies. By the end of the shooting day, there were almost 500. I organized the makeup area like an assembly line, and while I concentrated on the ‘hero’ zombies and applied prosthetics, my team colored and shaded everyone else. It was a sight to behold.”
The Final Night and Day features numerous actors from the Buffalo area film community, including Richard Satterwhite (the CBS TV series “Three Rivers”), Tim Dugan (The Perfect House), and Michael O’Hear (House of Horrors: the Movie). Andrews, who had a key role in Gore, appears here as well. She and Steigert intend to screen the film on the festival circuit this fall.
Upcoming DefTone productions include an untitled zombie film written and directed by Mark Mendola, which Steigert is currently editing; the comedy Losing It, written, starring, and co-directed by Julian Dickman; Black Guy on a Rampage, starring Alexander Sloan McBryde (Fable: Teeth of Beasts); and Steigert’s science fiction project Ombis, now in development, with some shooting planned for later this summer and principal photography scheduled for next year.
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