Dispatches From the Set – Executive Producer Tom Luse on Season 5
Q: How do you prepare yourself for another season of The Walking Dead? Does it get easier or harder for every new season?
A: I would say that it has become a 52 week a year job for us. Sometimes we prepare the new season before the previous season is over. As we’re traveling, we have to prepare new locations. Zombies do not provide lawn services or leaf blowers — and the goal is to have our world look as if the world has been shut down for a couple of years — so in a way, we’re making a period film. We have to keep that world fresh for our audience. In order to do that, we have to be planning ahead.
Q: What is your favorite aspect of the production?
A: Change. That’s all it is. Nothing ever stays the same very long on The Walking Dead. You have to constantly adapt.
Q: You’ve worked on other horror productions like Jeepers Creepers I and II. Are you a big horror buff?
A: I’m a romantic comedy guy. I’m a lightweight, but the process of working on a genre film is a lot of fun. It’s given me a real appreciation for horror films and an understanding the genre. Some of the classic horror films growing up like Psycho and Poltergeist really scared me. I was the kid who would hide behind the seat during scary movies.
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