Q and A With Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse Director Christopher Landon
Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse comes out this Friday with a lot of speculation on the difference in this horror movie compared to others? Christopher Landon, the director of this film, is know for writing scripts on the Paranormal activity movies. He incorporated comedy to lighten up the excitement of three scouts that are battling zombies for their lives. Landon did it in a different angle compared to other common zombie movies. He discussed the focal point of the movie, casting of characters in different scenes and what zombie and comedian fans should expect to see.
You took a different angle in terms of the focal point of the movie. What made you want to focus on these three kids and the scouts taking on zombies?
For me it was about being able to have a message at the core of the movie, which I think is important about these three guys and their friendship and how are they kind of going through changes. But it also was an opportunity for me to make a movie that is a throwback to my childhood and make a movie that is like the Goonies, Gremlins, Monster Squad and all that stuff that was something I grew up watching and it’s something that’s kind of disappeared a little bit.
When did you start to create the film and what was the casting like?
I started working on the film almost two years ago. Casting is always challenging for me just because I’m very specific and particular about what I want. I always tell people that it’s kind of like dating, like when you meet the person you just know right away if their the one and so it’s a waiting game. But it’s also my favorite part of the process just because you really get to see the movie come alive when you meet your cast. Each role had its challenges, but I always know right away the person I want.
What caught your interest in tackling it with the casting in terms of the members? How did you mix all that chemistry from experienced actors to those that just started?
I think a big part of it is first and foremost is getting them together and getting them comfortable with each other especially the three scouts because we have to believe that these are our lifelong friends. It’s important that the actors spend time together and get to know each other on a personal level. We really encourage them to kind of go hang out and do stuff together even if it was just playing sports or going to a game or a movie together. You never know what’s going to happen on a movie, but very lucky for me they really love each other. The whole cast became like a family, we got along really well.
So what were some of the hard scenes to film?
Almost all of them just because we never have a lot of time to do anything. It was a very tight schedule because we didn’t have a huge budget. You see a lot of these other movies and they’ve got money to spare and they can spend days on one scene. We always had to keep moving so that was a big challenge. But I had an amazing crew and everybody worked super hard.