Summit County: Zombie flick enlists local talent
January 8, 2009
SUMMIT COUNTY ” A new zombie film, written specifically with the mountains of Summit County in mind, will showcase a handful of local snowboarders in an effort to make the action scenes look as realistic as possible.
Titled “Zombies on Board,” the screenplay is the brainchild of Denver-based writer Michelle Blay-Pai, who wrote the script with a mission to use as many Colorado resources as possible.
“I really wanted to write a film that took place in Colorado,” Blay-Pai said, adding that she had initially hoped to do most of the filming in Breckenridge. “There is quite a bit of snowboarding in the film so we thought it would be great to get some local guys involved.”
Blay-Pai and director Jeff Bollow, with Embryo Films, recently made a trip to Breckenridge to discuss filming logistics and gather feedback from potential stunt snowboarders.
Local snowboarders Jake Williams, Chris Chance and Corbin Hladick all are slated to shoot scenes on the hill starting sometime in March.
“I’ve never really done anything like this, so it’s hard to say what to expect,” Williams said. “The snowboarding scenes have to have style so they don’t look cheesy, so it will be fun to go out there and show them what we do.”
While all three of the riders have had experience filming locally-rooted snowboard movies, this experience will be their first little taste of Hollywood.
“It will be interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes,” Hladick said. “I’m sure it will be different to see how they set things up and how they handle the production aspects.”
Described as a “somewhat gruesome comedy,” the film chronicles a group of highly functioning zombie snowboarders who take a small mountain town by storm during Mardi Gras.
“When you think of zombie movies you usually get a certain image, but we are going for a more comedic angle,” director Jeff Bollow said. “Our aim is to straddle the line between edgy and funny, and we think we have a pretty solid concept.
Currently, Colorado offers very few incentives for filmmakers looking to shoot within the state, and Blay-Pai is hoping that the Summit County community can get behind the idea that filming in town equates to a boost in the local economy.
“We would really like to be able to film some scenes at the Breckenridge Brewery,” Blay-Pai said, adding that the owners have already expressed interest. “Given this is a relatively low-budget film we have to have local businesses on board to make it all work.”
Although they are still working out the logistics behind possible shooting locations, Blay-Pai and Bollows are excited to get the ball rolling on a film they believe has the potential to make it to theaters.
“We’ve been laughing from the very beginning, and we think we have something here that people will really like,” Blay-Pai said. “We’re really excited, and we hope the community will be too.”