Woodstock grad debuts his movie
by Ashley Fuller
afuller@cherokeetribune.com
August 12, 2010 12:00 AM | 1681 views | 2 2 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dylan Chandler of Woodstock wrote, scored, starred and directed in the movie, ‘Zombiestock,’ which he recently premiered at the Warehouse in Kennesaw. The movie’s cast featured classmates from his alma mater, Woodstock High.<br>Photo by Ashley Fuller
Dylan Chandler of Woodstock wrote, scored, starred and directed in the movie, ‘Zombiestock,’ which he recently premiered at the Warehouse in Kennesaw. The movie’s cast featured classmates from his alma mater, Woodstock High.
Photo by Ashley Fuller
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A Woodstock High School Class of 2010 graduate has premiered the movie he wrote, scored, directed and starred in for his senior project.

Dylan Chandler screened his movie, "Zombiestock," for a crowd of about 70 at the Warehouse in Kennesaw and plans to release the movie on DVD.

Chandler, who said he always has been a fan of movies, at first told his teacher, as a joke, he would make a zombie movie as his senior project. After seeing the 2009 release "Zombieland," he decided it would actually be a good project.

The first day of production was in February, and the budget was very low cost.

"The only actors were my friends. We pretty much act like us," he said. "The effects budget was Christmas money I spent on make-up for the zombies. More money was spent on feeding the cast than anything else."

Some of the filming was done at local businesses such as Woodstock Outlook on Highway 92 and Bookends Used Books on Trickum Road. He said the police were called out during the shoot at Woodstock Outlet because one of the owners did not know a movie was being filmed.

The movie follows a group of young people as they try to fend off zombies.

Katie Vaughn of Woodstock, who plays a zombie in the film, said the experience was "kind of cool."

"When he is famous one day, I can say I was in one of his films," she said.

Kyle Curtis, 17, son of Cheri and Jeff Curtis of Woodstock, also made his film debut.

"It was actually pretty gross," he said of acting like he was vomiting blood, which was made of corn syrup.

Chandler said he is glad to have a movie completed before heading to Georgia State University this month, where he plans to study film.

The experience, he said, also taught him "what not to do."

The movie soon will be available for purchase on DVD through Amazon.com. Merchandise from the film will be available from Cafe Press at www.cafepress.com.
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Aunt Wanda
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August 16, 2010
Dylan I am so proud of you. You are on your way to a great career.
not a zombie...
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August 14, 2010
congratulations!
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