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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 DeadHis 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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