Earlier this week, YouTube VFX group Corridor Digital released a stunning short film titled “After DayZ.” Diving into the deep pool that is the post-zombie outbreak genre, Corridor Digital’s Sam Gorski and Niko Peuringer have put together a surprisingly deep 9-minute video for two guys who usually work best with blowing shit up.
I’ve said it before while writing about Corridor Digital’s original web series “Sync,” but this VFX team is continually pushing YouTube forward as a destination for legitimate drama and action content.
Typically, web series about zombie outbreaks, with a few exceptions, stick to the time-tested formula of seeing how many buckets of blood it takes to paint a set. While “After DayZ” isn’t free of a little automatic weapon porn, Corridor Digital is clearly trying to tell a different story with this short based off of “DayZ,” a mod created with the military simulator “Arma 2.”
(recommended for PC gamers with some horsepower under the hood)
Foregoing a big budget, “After DayZ” is able to tell a contained, very intimate story of one survivor’s fight.
Gorski spoke about filming on indie-level costs, saying, “Shooting ‘After DayZ’ in Minnesota was a classic shoot for us — a skeleton crew, ultra low-budget, and relying completely on natural environments and lighting for each scene.”
More often than not, perhaps sacrificing compelling content for high production values, many web series fall short of developing moving and impactful stories. Gorski explained to NMR how Corridor Digital kept their budget low allowing them to focus on story:
“Notably, we were able to utilize the support from our fans to cast our zombies — about 25 people showed up to help us shoot the final scene!”
I thought it was rather well done for a short story vid. Also, I'm steps away from fully diving into DayZ.