As usual, Zack Snyder has come up with yet another banger. Netflix and Snyder’s Army of the Dead has just the perfect amount of people to watch and engage about it––you know, just a couple million from all across the globe. As a sort of fan service and to drive even more audience to the film, they released a companion documentary, Creating an Army of the Dead, to go alongside the hit Snyder project.
What is Creating an Army of the Dead all about?
Obviously, it’s about the intricacies and the whole system that worked hard to achieve this Snyder and Netflix collaboration. Giving you a comprehensive look behind the filming process with interviews from the cast, crew members, and especially Zack Snyder himself.
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) May 22, 2021
According to the streaming giant, the documentary revolves around Zack Snyder (duh) and the rest of the zombie heist film team as they put themselves through wild stunts, the progress of the zombie genre, and just the overall experience of what it means to finish such a big-budget production with equally well-oiled teams.
There are plenty of fans who pointed out the similarities between Snyder’s Army of the Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Snyder’s very first zombie film. It’s true, there’s a ton of comparisons you’ll only realize once you’ve watched the documentary.
The Dawn of the Dead Easter egg in Army of the Dead pic.twitter.com/LEZLBknT1b
— 𝗠𝗘𝗥𝗖Ʊ𝗥𝗬 of the Dead (@theSNYDERVERSE) May 23, 2021
DAMN “ARMY OF THE DEAD” IS SO LIT ZACK SNYDER MADE THAT BITCH LIKE THE UNSPOKEN SEQUEL TO HIS “DAWN OF THE DEAD” REMAKE HE DID THAT WAS INCREDIBLE & WAS THE VERY 1ST MODERN ZOMBIE MOVIE THAT MADE ZOMBIE FLICKS POPULAR AF AGAIN.
— LONG LIVE DIEGO 🕊❤️ (@RealYungYogi) May 22, 2021
As for what happens behind the camera, there’s no shortage of extensive breakdowns regarding the VFX of the movie brought to you by Framestore VFX––a company very familiar with the depths of Netflix. At least 500 VFX shots were made to appease the quality of the movie––from the hoard of zombies to the freaking undead tiger zombie! This is like Tiger King all over again!
Since Vegas is a pretty busy city to be in, Snyder and the gang, obviously, didn’t film there. Through digitally recreating Vegas thanks to Cedarleaf VFX, they got away with using good ol’ Sin City. You’ll get to see the process in the documentary, too!
If you aren’t familiar with this kind of content from Netflix, it’s because they rarely really do it. However, it’s becoming more apparent as the years go by as just earlier this year, another making-of companion documentary was released on the streaming giant for The Queen’s Gambit. Other times Netflix has done this was for The Dark Crystal, Unorthodox, and Our Planet.
Mostly, these behind-the-scenes projects are uploaded to YouTube but just in bits. If anything, this is content people would die for to see. Imagine series like Stranger Things or La Casa de Papel to release a whole 30 minutes just for backstage content and interviews, that would really put Netflix to a whole other level.