Unless you’ve been holding out in an underground bunker, you are likely familiar with the decades most horrifying cable television show The Walking Dead. TWD has, in a relatively short amound of time made a huge mark on the standard for zombie sfx.
Greg Nicotero is an executive producer and the key special effectsmakeup artist for The Walking Dead. Each walker is put through “zombie school” and learns how to move like zombies. There are three levels of zombie makeup: Hero, Midground, and Deep Background. Hero zombies are featured walkers and are completely made over from head to toe. Midground zombies get highlights and shadows on the face, but do not get close enough to the camera to require full makeup. Deep background zombies often wear masks and are only meant to be used as a backdrop.