Tom Savini–Pencil Rendering

This is the fourth in a series of pencil renderings based on my behind the scene images of Dawn of The Dead taken on location for Pittsburgh Magazine in 1977. This one is Tom Savini an actor who was also the film’s make up director. You can see more images form the location shooting by clicking here. .

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Tom Zavini

Tom Zavini

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Light Reading

This is another image from Dawn of the Dead (1978) that I have never published before. It took some time to resolve the reflection issue from the fountain. After they did, a crew member takes a light reading right before the action started for the scene. Buy this one or see other images from my Zombie collection at my commercial portfolio by clicking here.

Light reading at the fountain

Light reading at the fountain

Zombie Master Tom Zavini

One of the best parts of covering “Dawn of the Dead” for Pittsburgh Magazine was getting to watch the make up and special effects people at work. Film making can sometimes be boring, but there was no downtime in watching Zavini and his crew create Zombies and other disgusting stuff. These folks were all artists,upbeat and fun to watch. It also helped that this was done early in the evening, by three in the morning everyone looked like a zombie, make up or not. Buy this one or see other images from my Zombie collection at my commercial portfolio by clicking here.

Zombie Master Tom Zavini

Zombie Master Tom Zavini

Blow Dry

After the Zombies were created, zombie master Tom Savini would give the makeup a blow dry so it would set properly. Between scenes the make up crew would roam the group of zombies and check their makeup and retouch it if necessary, You can buy a print of this image at my commercial gallery by clicking here.

Toma Savini give a Zombie blow dry

The Zombie Master

You don’t often get the opportunity to watch an artist work. Tom Savini was the creator of the Zombies for Dawn of the Dead in 1978. He worked with a small staff and created all the makeup effects. The man could make ligaments from a bucket of goo. Here he is backstage creating another Zombie for the Zombie Classic. You can buy a print of this image on my commercial site by clicking here.