Considering just how many practical effects are used on The Walking Dead, it’s easy to forget a lot of the action still takes place on green screens and with CGI. Here’s the proof.
A new FX reel from Stargate Studios shows off some of their most ambitious effects from the series, and it’s a fascinating peek behind what it takes to build a believable zombie apocalypse. From zombie explosions to padding out those giant hordes, a lot of those visuals are pure movie magic.
Some of the coolest shots revolve around additions and overlays to existing live-action sets; adding everything from more zombies to more blood to burning storefronts and even crashed helicopters. Sure, practical effects guru Greg Nicotero does a kill job with the practical effects and zombie faces, but this is a stark reminder that The Walking Dead owes a lot of its world-building to good ol’ fashioned CGI.
Check out the footage below and let us know what you think: