Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

University of Alabama Students Film Pilot Episode for TV Show about Zombie Chasers

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

University of Alabama Students Film Pilot Episode for TV Show about Zombie Chasers

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The Super Skate on McFarland Boulevard turned into a dispatch center for a ragtag team of zombie chasers last week as production students from the University of Alabama Telecommunication and Film Department shot a pilot for their television show titled "Zom-Com."

The show follows a team of people who go on various jobs chasing zombies to collect data about them.

"In the pilot, they botch one of their jobs and bring back incomplete data, so they don't get paid as much," Adam Schwartz, assistant professor in the TCF department, said. "To try to make up for that, they accept what is known throughout the zombie-chaser community as a suicide mission. The pilot follows them on that mission."

Schwartz is teaching the advanced television production class this semester and is making the pilot in collaboration with the students in Matt Payne's seminar class called "Zombies in Culture."

Payne is also an assistant professor in the TCF department, and the two wrote the script together over the summer.

The advanced television production class makes a pilot or Web series each semester the class is offered, but this is the first time the students have teamed up with another class to do so.

"We wanted to do something bigger this year, something more ambitious. ... We got together to do something for the TV pilot where we combine studies and production," Schwartz said.

The students are responsible for every aspect of the pilot's creation, such as casting the show, filming the pilot, scouting locations and editing.

The pilot will showcase the talent of students in each class as well as other students in the TCF department, across campus and members of the community, like makeup artist Brandy Hyche, who provided a workshop on zombie makeup.

"It's showing what our students are capable of and showing statewide talent and statewide locations," Payne said. "Bringing that all together to show that significant productions, quality productions can happen not just in the state of Alabama but specifically at the University of Alabama. …

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