A making-of companion documentary for Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, which debuted on Netflix today, is just shy of 30 minutes long. It’s called Creating an Army of the Dead, and it gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the shooting, including interviews with all of the major cast members, as well as a lot of time with Zack Snyder himself.
“Zack Snyder and his “Army of the Dead” squad digs deeper into the film’s crazy stunts, innovative effects, and the zombie genre’s evolution.” There are several parallels to Zack Snyder’s first zombie film, Dawn of the Dead.
You will also see detailed breakdowns of all the visual effects used in the film, which were produced in part by Framestore VFX (who have worked on a number of Netflix Originals including most recently Jingle Jangle). At least 500 VFX shots were used in the film, ranging from creating hordes of zombies to the viral phenomenon, the undead tiger zombie, which we’re told was “based on Carole Baskin’s animal sanctuary from Tiger King!”
Of course, the production itself did not film on the Las Vegas strip, but you get to see how Cedarleaf VFX was able to digitally recreate Vegas in its fullest.
It’s not the first time a Netflix Original has been accompanied by a making-of documentary. The Queen’s Gambit joined the select few Netflix titles that do come with one earlier this year. Unorthodox, Our Planet, and The Crystal Calls for Netflix’s The Dark Crystal series are among the others. We’ve always called for Netflix to do a lot more of this, and we expect to see a lot more of it in the future.
Most companion documentaries end up on YouTube, but that isn’t the case for Creating an Army of the Dead as of this writing. Are you a fan of Netflix’s Army of the Dead and its companion documentary? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.