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Greg Nicotero – The Walking Dead

Greg Nicotero is a special, makeup effects creator, television producer, and director. For the last 8 years he has served as the producing director, and EFX designer on the hit television series, The Walking Dead

His career in the film industry spans 35 years with his first work in special effects makeup, on George Romero’s 1985 film “Day of the Dead”.

After that he formed his own special, makeup effects, studio which has worked for over 400 film and television projects, and won 4 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Greg has collaborated with Directors such Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino, and his credits include the movies Pulp Fiction, Boogie Nights, Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2, Sin City and Breaking Bad.

The Walking Dead continues Mondays at 9pm on FOX.

Chapters:
00:00 Trailer.
02:35 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
04:32 Brian’s introduction.
05:28 How Greg gained his early passion for visual effects and the freeing art form of film making.
08:24 What he hopes the audience takes from watching his films.
10:38 The difference in directing for and audience experience of cinema and television.
14:20 Why Greg didn’t do as his parents wanted him to.
18:01 Why people watch horror films and how their brain processes what they see.
26:54 Jaws gave Greg nightmares, but felt he’d been hit by lightning after meeting Steven Spielberg.
34:47 Initial call to Walking Dead and how it has become such a phenomenon.
39:38 The effect of gaming on the zombie culture.
42:18 What about Greg has made him the go to guy for special effects.
44:21 The hidden work that goes on behind the scenes: learning to balance story, acting and special effects.
48:04 Greg runs an annual Zombies school.
50:12 How to keep the Zombies fresh in a long running series.
51:55 Which creation even disturbed Greg.
53:20 What it was like to work with Quentin Tarantino.
58:07 Success secrets.
58:47 Thankful to parents for letting him follow his dream.
59:29 Brian’s summing up.

Notes:
Greg Nicotero on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/gnicotero/?hl=en
Greg Nicotero on Twitter
https://twitter.com/g_nicotero?lang=en
KNB EFX Group
http://www.knbefx.com/about-us
Greg Nicotero on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Nicotero
The Walking Dead
http://www.amc.com/shows/the-walking-dead/cast-crew/greg-nicotero-co-executive-producerspecial-effects-make-up-designer
Walking Dead on Wiki
http://walkingdead.wikia.com/wiki/Gregory_Nicotero

Topics discussed:
The Walking Dead (TV series)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Walking_Dead_(TV_series)
Day of the Dead (1985 film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead_(1985_film)
Pulp Fiction (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulp_Fiction
Boogie Nights
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boogie_Nights
Kill Bill Volume I
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kill_Bill:_Volume_1
Kill Bill Volume 2
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kill_Bill:_Volume_2
Sin City (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin_City_(film)
Breaking Bad
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaking_Bad
2001: A Space Odyssey (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001:_A_Space_Odyssey_(film)
Planet of the Apes (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet_of_the_Apes
The Exorcist (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Exorcist_(film)
James Bond in film
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Bond_in_film
The Shape of Water (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shape_of_Water
The Devil’s Backbone
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil%27s_Backbone
Pan’s Labyrinth
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan%27s_Labyrinth
Creature from the Black Lagoon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creature_from_the_Black_Lagoon
Breaking Bad
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaking_Bad
Black Mirror
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mirror
Homeland
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeland_(TV_series)
Chiller Theatre
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiller_Theatre_(Pittsburgh)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Texas_Chain_Saw_Massacre
Night of the Living Dead
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_Living_Dead_(1990_film)
Last House on the Left
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_House_on_the_Left_(1972_film)
Friday the Thirteenth
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_the_13th_(1980_film)
Dawn of the Dead
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawn_of_the_Dead_(1978_film)
Creepshow
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creepshow
An American Werewolf in London
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_American_Werewolf_in_London
Jaws
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaws_(film)
Poltergeist
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poltergeist_(1982_film)
Spielberg (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spielberg_(film)
Evil Dead II
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evil_Dead_II
The Shawshank Redemption
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shawshank_Redemption
The Green Mile
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Green_Mile_(film)
The Mist
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mist_(film)
The Majestic
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Majestic_(film)
Second unit
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_unit
Resident Evil
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_Evil
House of the Dead
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_of_the_Dead
Resident Evil (film series)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_Evil_(film_series)
28 Days Later
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/28_Days_Later
Shaun of the Dead
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaun_of_the_Dead
Dr Giggles
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Giggles
Army of Darkness
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_of_Darkness
Sin City
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin_City_(film)
Grindhouse
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grindhouse_(film)
Inglorious Basterds
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inglourious_Basterds

People mentioned in this episode:
Steven Spielberg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Spielberg
Quentin Tarantino
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quentin_Tarantino
John Carpenter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Carpenter
George A. Romero
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_A._Romero
John L Anderson
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0026958/
Wes Craven
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes_Craven
Guillermo del Toro
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillermo_del_Toro
Mike Modano
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Modano
Bret Easton Ellis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bret_Easton_Ellis
Tom Savini
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Savini
Emma Bell
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Bell
Sam Raimi
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Raimi
Frank Darabont
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Darabont
Danny Boyle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Boyle
Robert Rodriguez
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Rodriguez

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