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Page 8 VOtJr (' .C MMI JMITV ~llt i ra - August 22, 2012 From page 1 they've spent about $1,000. It's a little bit "Zombieland" and a little bit "Walking Dead," Kevin said. "We wanted to try to make it a little bit everything, so it's not like all zombies all the time." It's a little bit comedy, a little bit horror, a little bit action. "Cody just got bored last sum- mer and he decided to just jump out," Kevin said. This is his first outing as a screenwriter or director. Cody said he was hanging out in the summer of 2011 with a friend, Zane Jackson. They had no plans for the rest Of the summer and decided to make a movie. "The Walking Dead," an AMC series based on a comic, was be- tween its first and second seasons, and they were fans. That show and the horror-comedy zombie movie "Zombieland" inspired them to make their own zombie movie. "We thought, we could do this," Cody said. Kevin Cannon had done this sort of thing before, he said. At age 11 or 12, he made a vampire movie with an old Super 8 mm camera. For that film he convinced his mother to drive through town with a handmade casket in the back of a pickup. "We got so many strange looks," he said. "Mom didn't forgive me." Cannon has toyed with film since then. With his father's background to help guide them, Cody, his family and friends, mostly other high school students, went to work. Unfortunately, they'll have to Fall Vegetable Starts ready to transplant: Broccoli Brussels Sprouts Cabbage Cauliflower Lettuce Greens Peas Seeds are available also Kevin Cannon, left, adjusts his camera with help from Jakob Holden and zombie go back and shoot scenes they did big," Cody said. It was just a summer last year, Becky Cannon said. "We project with friends. started filming with an old Hi8." Cody is writing the script along Then they got a high-definition the way. He has an outline of the plot, camera, she said. "The difference is but it goes off script a lot while film- huge." ing, he said. A lot of it is improvised "I never expected it to get this by the cast as they work. Megan McCartin applies makeup to zombie Hailee Armstrong. Brian Lucero. Photos by SPan C. Morgan "They work off each other soFamily Video, with clips on YouTube well," Becky Cannon said. and Facebook. Right now, the film is 40 to 45The group always needs zorn- minutes long, Kevin Cannon said. bies, the Cannons said. Anyone inter- Most of it is done, with several hours ested in the production can find it by of filming for 15 minutes of footage searching for the tittle on Facebook or at Thriftway. Up next, the survivors calling Cody at (541) 401-3137. will find the safe house destroyed. The cast includes Cody Cannon, "There's a couple living right Zane Jackson, Jakob Holden, Shelby next to it," Kevin said. "That's going Wymetalek, Sarah McCartin, Kevin to be the saviors of the group." Cannon and Elric Benson. Zom- It'll wind up with a battle royal bies include Brian Lucero, Devin with a mass of zombies in a field. Bruce, Kyle Moore-McKay, Hunter They expect the finished product to Burge, David Skeen, Travis Hult, be about an hour long. Kara Clement, Hailee Armstrong, Special effects are all practical, Josh Pickett, Cade Reynolds, Brahm using whatever tricks they've learned Sherwood and Jeremy Wymetalek. studying special effects and mated- Make-up crew includes Megan als purchased through E-bay.McCartin, Tanna Storkson~ Sara Bar- "When you take the stress out of ber and Paige Sanders. it, it's a blast," Becky Cannon said. The Cannon family wanted to When it's finished, the family extend special thanks to Mark Mc- will put it out as a DVD, Cody said. Donald of Thriftway for making the He's going to put copies at American business available as a location. Today! (for 3, 5 or 10 months) Make a lifelong friend from abroad. Enrich your family with another culture. Now you can host a high school studeJ exchange at (girl or bo ) fror France, Germany, Y Scandmavm, Spain, Australia, Japan, Br-azil, Italy Camilla from lta!l; 16 l,rs. or other countries. Single l mtel fi'om Denmark. 17yrs. Faljo~s dancing, plai;ing the pimlo parents, as well as couples Loves skiing, pl~ng soccer :rod and s~mming, ~anilla loolc~ "with or without children, watching :~anedeatl moHc,'s. Dmliel folavard to cooking with her may host. Contact us ASAP hopes to learn to play lbotbldl and :~anericml host famit.v for more information or to live ;ts a re,d ~ane,~can. select your student. Amy at 1-800-733-2773 www.assehosts.com or email info@asse.com. Fottndcd in 1976 ASSE International Student Exchange Program is a Public Benefit, Non-Profit For privacy reasons, photos above are not photos of actual students " Organization. From left, Zane Jackson, Shelby Wymetalek, Cody Cannon and Jakob Holden prepare to enter the Thriftway grocery store. From left are Cody Cannon, Kevin Cannon and Becky behind "'Not Another Zombie Movie." Cannon, the family