Here's ZS's schedule so far
: October 21st
Derek and I will be at the theater helping the Hellions of Troy, the other Volunteers from Carried Away Coffins, and other local Zombie Enthusiasts set up the theater for the prom. The theme this year is Zombie Internment Camp. It's gonna be fucking cool. If (big if) anyone can make it out Thursday that would be super, but that's asking a lot. No worries if you can't make it.October 22nd
- 5:30PM: We're launching to the event location from Casa Famine to gather for a quick introduction with the other volunteers and sponsors.
- 6:30 PM We're setting up our table for the Coffin Art and Comic Gallery event. (I think this is just a black ZS T-shirt and BDU pants event, no need for tacticool yet.)
- 7:00 PM: The Gala Opening! Operating the booth passing out fliers, pamphlets, and trying to pimp ZS merchandise while rotating so we all get the chance to mingle, chat, check out the cool Zombie Comic Book art and coffin art, and shop the art show! (The art will be really inexpensive and very cool, so everyone gets a shot at something neat! We're working on the possibility of a Zombie Squad themed coffin piece or pieces.)
- 9:00-9:45 PM: Alice Jacobs is Dead screening and a Q & A with filmmaker Alex Horwitz.
- 10:30 PM Shutting down the booth and heading back to home base for beers and debriefing (yes in that order), unless we do a group screening of Poultrygiest.
- 9:00 AM: Launching from Casa Famine to assist with the set-up for the first movie of Saturday and set up our booth.
- 10:00 AM: Doors open for the first movie, greet, merch booth. (Also the Video Game Vault will be open all day, so if we have any gamers who'd like to go nose around, there will be time for that!)
- 12:00PM: Pizza lunch for ZS volunteers! Yay Pizza!
- 2:30PM: Migration to the Washington Ave Armory for 2 hours before the Zombie Walk. There will be makeup artists applying zombie makeup, music, and a prime chance for us to pass out ZS fliers and pamphlets, and pimp the Senior Zombie Prom that evening, and let people know we'll have a collection bucket at the theater and prom*.
- 4:15 PM: We suit up in our tac-gear, zombie costumes, whatever (No guns policy for the parade, PM me with other weapon questions), and get ready to help the Hellions of Troy marshal the zombie walk for the mile back to The Linda.
- 5:00 PM: ZOMBIE WALK!
- 6:00 PM: We return to The Linda, resume our booth, while the Brain Eating Contest, Thriller Dance Off, and other silliness takes place. Take lots of pictures!
- 7:00 PM: Zombieland is being screened. Meanwhile we'll be in the staging area helping with the eventual tear down of the theater seating, and the set up of the Prom. This will be fast paced, fun work.
- 9:00 PM: Zombie Prom starts. This will be primarily a booth, photo-op, greeting thing. We'll also be rotating some of us checking ID's at the door with the Hellions of Troy. This will be a great time to pimp out ZS, drum up some sales, and talk to folks about the stuff we do.
- 1:00AM Sunday: Close down of the Senior Prom, post-prom breakdown/set up for Sundays movies, and gaming vault. After prom gathering is possible.
- We did secure a really sweet hook-up for a great spot at The Hilton: Garden Inn. There's an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool (open 6am to 10pm), free wifi, high speed internet access. It's close proximity to the event so we can carpool over, or share a cab. This Hotel is a big asset to The Linda, so we're all going to be on our best behavior (Derek, no gluing furniture or dead hookers to the ceiling. Wolfe, no club dance techno and mankini hall raids at 4am.) so we can secure the same thing next year. There might be some time between movies and such that some of you want to run over to the hotel, shower up, grab a change of clothes or whatever, and that's fine. I'll give you the details closer to the event.
- 9:00 AM: Some of us need to make it there at 9am to man the booth for Sundays Film Feast Final Screenings. Some of you can sleep in. We'll draw straws or fist fight over it.
- 9:10 AMBoothin' It from Cemetery Man at 9AM until the end of Rec 2.
- 3:00 PM: Big Screen Zombie Game-Off split between the Vault and the Main Theater.
- 7:00 PM: Prize Pack Give-away for the Junior and Senior gaming events.
- 7:15 PM: Tear Down and pack-away of the internment camp and set.
- 8:00 PM: Tearful Goodbyes afterward!
Now, on to the news updates:
WPYX Pix 106 will have their station Hummer following the zombie walk the entire way. There's a great big chance we'll have an emergency vehicle (Bio-Hazard Ambulance, Firetruck) at the event with lights going as another huge draw. It's going to be great for photo-ops. The dude who's in charge of that is also dressing the front of the theater, a first for this event. Photo-ops galore, as he's done major motion picture work before, so his work is gonna be top notch.
-WPYX, WAMC, are both starting to run ads on October 4th to promote the event in the listening area. The Albany Metroland and The Chronogram will be running ads to promote this as well, in their printed papers.
-Four times a week, WMHT (PBS) will be airing ads starting October 11th through the 22nd.
-I got copies of the advertisement propaganda for the event; it all looks pretty sweet. I'm looking forward to passing it out, getting them out to the local comic shops, movie theaters, and book stores. We've got a great big billing spot on the poster, as large as the Radio Stations, so hopefully people will recognize ZS and we'll make some cool friends at this event.
-Popular local Radio Personalities from the Wakin' Up with the Wolf Morning Show, Wolf and DJ Lovey, will be special guests at the zombie walk and at the Prom, so this will also draw a larger crowd.
-During the Thriller dance off, there's a real choreographer, and a good chance that a Michael Jackson impersonator will be there to help lead things.
-There will be a DJ there (dude called DJ Blaze) taking requests before and after the band ZombieBomb does their set. This should be cool.
As you can tell, I'm really excited over this whole deal and can't wait to see you guys out here!*
About the asterisk: We're not allowed to ask for donations at the theater due to a liability issue. We can however have a collection box out, and respond about it when people ask at our booth. I find it silly but I want to respect the theaters wishes on this, so if we can all hang with that rule, it'll be no problem.