Zombie thriller made on zero budget by Shropshire film maker . . . using Grand Theft Auto
Budding film-maker Ash Wilding has made 2018: The Virus, a zombie film which will be premiered at a Telford cinema this summer. But instead of using live actors and sets, the 20-year-old has made the film through a computer game.
“The idea was to try and make a film with a zero budget and found the best way to do that was to use Grand Theft Auto Four,” said Ash, from Shifnal. “We used the in-game editor to build our story, create characters and decide camera angles.
“We added zombies through a game modification and recorded our own sound-track, which includes voicing all of the characters.”
The story, about a virus creating a world of zombies, may sound familiar, but the script adds dark humor and surprises. Ash, who studied art and design at Telford College of Arts and Technology, said he took inspiration from the likes of 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead.
Matthew Campbell, 23, from Shifnal, helped to edit the script.
“I am also voicing one of the characters, who is Russian, and doing that voice really hurts my throat,” he said.
The main protagonist is voiced by Jack Shore, 21, from Stirchley.
He said: “It used to be that computer games were based on films, but in the past few years films based on games have become more common.”
James Horn, 21, from Shifnal, has also given his voice to the film.
He said: “It’s Ash’s project, but we work through ideas as a group. The key thing is to get the film completed and out there.”
The film will be premiered at Cineworld in Telford this summer.