xplaining what goes into shooting any scene, Michael says, “You gotta get the proper permits to shut the streets down, there are notifications that you have to do, you can’t just show up. You have to give people fair notice that you’re coming.”
It may be a pain in the ass, but it’s an important part of the TWD magic. “To us it’s about controlling where we are,” Michael points out, reminding us that the post-apocalyptic landscape has a very distinct look. “Everything has to be trashed and burned out. We have to dress everything.”
And when the TWD cast and crew need to shoot in a specific location, it’s common for them to shut down the area a block or two around where they are actually shooting, partly because of safety concerns and not wanting to spoil anything for the viewers. Production designer Grace Walker notes, “Some of the security factors that come into place are when we’re filming in towns, cities, or wherever crowds can gather. It becomes difficult for locations.”
In order to protect the cast, crew, and plot, production routinely puts up tents around the set. TWD may be a massive production that lasts from July to November each year, but Michael prides himself on the fact that he and his staff always take the community into consideration when filming. As he puts it, “There’s not a location that I haven’t been to in my entire career that I could not go back to and shoot again.”
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