Fright Looks Fabulous on Film

Published on website: October 31, 2011
Categories: David Heuring , The StoryBoard Blog
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The Walking Dead - Season 2, Episode 1 - Photo: Gene Page/AMC

Zombies, ghosts, vampires, and werewolves have never enjoyed such “spook”tacular popularity! At cinemas and on television, the supernatural and ghoulish are drawing big audiences. From True Blood to the Twilight franchise, film is the medium of choice for capturing all the frightening, bloodthirsty elements!

To get just the right new “American gothic” look for AMC’s horror series The Walking Dead, cinematographer David Boyd, ASC said they tested every conceivable format before production. “When the images came back, everyone realized that Super 16 was the format that made everything look right. With the smaller gauge and the grain, suddenly the images seemed to derive from the graphic novel itself. Every image is a step removed from reality and a step deeper into cinema.” Hear the rest of The Walking Dead team discussing the show’s creation.

FX is inviting viewers into producer/creator Ryan Murphy’s haunted house with its new hit series American Horror Story. Murphy reteamed with cinematographer Christopher Baffa, ASC (Glee, Nip/Tuck, Running with Scissors) and they are using film to help kick the creepy factor up a notch. The spine-chilling images have not gone unnoticed. Here's why critics are saying why it’s the best new show of the fall.

UPDATE 10/31/2011: American Horror Story picked up for another season!

A good scare can transcend generations (just like film!). Remember jumping out of your seat the first time you saw The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Night of the Living Dead, or Halloween?

The “trick” to the trade is to create your horror story on film, and audiences will be in for a real “treat!”