Super Zero- Bad Ass Zombie Apocalypse, Is an awesome short film created and directed by Mitchell Cohen. The short film Is on YouTube, has more than 82,000 views and is about 15 minutes long. I recently got the opportunity to interview Mitchell about Super Zero and here’s what he had to say!
1. What inspired you to create and write Super Zero?
“I have always had a passion for genre films, video games, comics and all geek culture stuff and I wanted to make a movie that celebrated all the things I loved. So what could be more fun to try to make then a Zombie flick? But, there is another side to me as a storyteller that I wanted to explore. I also wanted to make something that felt personal, humanistic and relate able. And generally speaking, you really don’t see genre films fused with a human interest story with characters that felt honest and real. So I came a story that I thought was compelling on its own and then set it in a Bad Ass world of the undead.”
2. How long were working on the project until you got into the actual production of the film? Like how long until you finished writing the script and character?
“The film has been in the works for a few years. I have been developing the story for a long time and after I had finished the script, I spent over a year trying to find the right people to bring it to life. I always believed the film would resonate with people and I thought it was a fresh spin on things that tonally I had never seen before. But I also knew that if it didn’t have the right production value or didn’t surround myself with super talented people to capture the right spirit of things, it could have been a huge disaster. That took a lot of time.
3. Did you have trouble finding the perfect cast to fit the roles?
“Yes and no. It was another long arduous process. The film is almost absurdest to one degree and melancholy and realistic to another. Is this horror? A Comedy? A Drama? In truth, it’s all of those and also none of those. Trying to cast actors to find that balance and give a natural performance was a tough ask. We saw a ton of people and most couldn’t bring what we needed. But when Umberto, Giselle, Al and Tyler read for their roles, it was easy to decide. They all killed it individually and their chemistry as a group is just so harmonious.”
4. There are a lot of zombie apocalypse films and television shows out on the market right now. Did you draw inspiration from other shows or horror movies? And what do you think makes this film unique from the other many zombie flicks?
“I did draw a lot from other things I have seen. I watch a ton of that stuff and consciously or not, it all influenced me. I tried to find little homages here and there to seed into Super Zero to show that, but it was always my goal to find inspiration in films outside of this world. What I think makes Super Zero different, that I used to help sell the vision internally to the team, is that this is not a Zombie film. This is a story about a normal gamer kid that just happens to take place during a Zombie Apocalypse. And when you can look at it from that perspective, the film becomes something else.”
5. Like myself, a lot of people seem to like Super Zero and are leaving pretty awesome comments on the video. Did you ever expect this project of yours to have this many likes and views? What did you expect out of it?
“Never. When I started this thing, I knew I was trying to blend so many ideas into one short film that I thought it might not feel accessible to a bigger audience. But in hindsight I think we captured something that you can dig even if you aren’t into Zombie, Gamer Geek culture. The themes in the film are universal and everyone can relate to Josh and feeling inadequate. On YouTube its hard enough to get people to watch something longer than a few minutes, let alone 15 min. But when we released it people started to leave heartfelt comments and shared it and are helping champion the film. The response could have just as easily gone in another direction and it could have been instantly be soul crushing.”
6. What are your plans for the future? Thinking of a sequel or a feature film maybe? Or just try to get as much exposure out of this film as you can?
” I have always had plans for this to become a long form piece. I already have the story worked out and am in the process of writing it. The question now is does it make more sense to do as a feature or as a series? There are a lot of things I want to do within this world that I haven’t seen done before and I want to bring them to life. I love this rag-tag group and it will be fun to show their further adventures. But it will take a little time, and I think the short film still has an audience to find. So with some help and a little luck it will continue to grow.”
Thank you so much for the Interview Mitchell! We at WTFGamersOnly appreciate it very much and we hope you and your film goes very far!
Greysun Morales,Signing off