The Outpost Z Tapes: A Zombie Frog

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Here is an improv scene between me and Jon. We filmed this whole project about a year and a half ago, and since I am the laziest man on the planet, it took me until now to start uploading scenes to the Internet.

Anyway, our original idea was for a three-part series, with a “From the Next Season of Outpost Z” outro to close it out. Unfortunately, a bunch of the footage didn’t turn out that well. Some scenes were ridiculously over-exposed, others cut out crucial information at the beginning and the end, and a few had no sound.

At first, all of this made me more than a little disappointed. That probably had something to do with me shelving the project. But now, coming back to it with open eyes, I decided that the way to salvage the project was to break it into individual scenes and post them onto YouTube under the project name “The Outpost Z Tapes.” Purporting to be the recovered records of Outpost Z, the first outpost destroyed by the surprise zombie attack on the last vestiges of humanity, the clips serve as a sort of puzzle to the viewer: what happened to these people and why?

To that end, there is no order to these clips. The narrative will, thus, be viewed differently by everyone who views it. I think that this sort of user-control of the narrative is what separates Internet film-making from televised or cinematic film-making. Previously, the producer of the content decided when and how the audience viewed the work. In the theater, the only decision an audience-member can make is to leave. On TV, they can change the channel. But now, people can skip to the end, Google what other people think of the work, edit and remix it, etc. The list goes on.

So, I thought this would be a nice way to experiment with this new narrative ability. Consider this my Artist’s Statement on The Outpost Z Tapes, my rambling, disconnected, and unproofed Artist’s Statement.


Written by Greg Karber

February 22, 2010 at 2:55 pm

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