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.

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.

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Topics discussed:
The Walking Dead (TV series)
Day of the Dead (1985 film)
Pulp Fiction (film)
Boogie Nights
Kill Bill Volume I
Kill Bill Volume 2
Sin City (film)
Breaking Bad
2001: A Space Odyssey (film)
Planet of the Apes (film)
The Exorcist (film)
James Bond in film
The Shape of Water (film)
The Devil’s Backbone
Pan’s Labyrinth
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Breaking Bad
Black Mirror
Chiller Theatre
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Night of the Living Dead
Last House on the Left
Friday the Thirteenth
Dawn of the Dead
An American Werewolf in London
Spielberg (film)
Evil Dead II
The Shawshank Redemption
The Green Mile
The Mist
The Majestic
Second unit
Resident Evil
House of the Dead
Resident Evil (film series)
28 Days Later
Shaun of the Dead
Dr Giggles
Army of Darkness
Sin City
Inglorious Basterds

People mentioned in this episode:
Steven Spielberg
Quentin Tarantino
John Carpenter
George A. Romero
John L Anderson
Wes Craven
Guillermo del Toro
Mike Modano
Bret Easton Ellis
Tom Savini
Emma Bell
Sam Raimi
Frank Darabont
Danny Boyle
Robert Rodriguez

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