With Mutant Chronicles director Simon Hunter currently in pre-production on the apocalyptic vampire/zombie feature Last Blood, we caught up with Vincent Guastini, head of V.G.P. Effects & Design Studio, who’s been tasked with delivering the flick’s special makeup effects, to get the skinny.
“I’m very excited about working with Simon,” said Guastini of the Last Blood director. “I’m a huge Mutant Chronicles fan, and during our Skype design meetings for Last Blood, we immediately started coming up with fresh ideas for the looks for the vampires and zombies. I have some pretty ‘out there’ ideas so we’ll see after more locked in meetings this week with Simon, but he has an open mind and did say, ‘Lets do something never seen before.’”
Based on the Keenspot graphic novel of the same name, Last Blood follows a small group of human survivors of a zombie apocalypse, who are running out of food and are surrounded by their brain-eating foes. When they are offered protection from a contingent of vampires in exchange for their blood, the adversaries form a coalition in the hopes of surviving the zombie horde, whose insane leader is out to eradicate all human and vampire life from the planet.
“Crazy stuff,” offered Los Angeles-based Guastini of his design work on Last Blood (his previous and recent effects history includes Requiem for a Dream, Dogma, The Devil’s Carnival, Sushi Girl and the upcoming feature Under the Bed). “Right now we’re doing designs and doing maquettes. Simon is flying over from Europe in the next few days to cast [the film] and to finalize some ideas. Last Blood is expected to shoot sometime in the fall back East, tentatively in Staten Island, New York.”
Last Blood will be produced by Ironclad executive producer Christian Arnold-Beutel and Red Giant Entertainment’s Aimee Schoof, Benny R. Powell and Isen Robbins, with Keenspot’s Chris and Bobby Crosby (the latter two created the graphic novel). The script was penned by Bobby Crosby and Nick V. Sterling.
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