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A documentary designed to capture the spirit and culture of the game Humans vs. Zombies, to be filmed at RIT in the Spring of 2012. Read more

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A documentary designed to capture the spirit and culture of the game Humans vs. Zombies, to be filmed at RIT in the Spring of 2012.

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What's Humans vs. Zombies?

Humans vs. Zombies (or HvZ for short) is a game of moderated tag.  The game runs anywhere form a few days to a whole week, and is played nationwide on college campuses.  The purpose of the game is to survive as a 'human' in a simulated zombie apocalypse, so to speak.  The humans can defend themselves using Nerf blasters or socks.  Humans are turned into zombies when they are legally tagged by a zombie, and the game ends when either there are no humans remaining, or at the designated end time of the game.  The entire game is played 24/7, and is played around campus life including classes and clubs, making gameplay challenging and fun.

What's the HvZ Documentary?

The game is played at Rochester Institute of Technology twice during the year, in the fall and spring.   The purpose of our documentary is to capture the energy and spirit of HvZ during the Spring 2012 game on the RIT campus in Rochester, NY.

Who's behind this?

This movie is chiefly being produced by Nimish Ajmani.  Nimish has years of  experience in film and photography, and has even worked in the TV industry, filming news for his community TV studio, HCAM-TV.  He has also helped run a video production camp at the same studio.  Other than this, he has produced documentaries before for projects in high school.

Ross Radford, an RIT student and leader of the group MJ12, will be helping out by filming first person action footage using a GoPro camera.  Ross has played 3 HvZ games before, and is a de facto expert at HvZ, including an extensive knowledge of the rules of the game, and expertise in NERF blasters, the tool of choice for humans in HvZ.

Peter LoVerso, also known as RIT's sock ninja, is an expert at using socks and stealth to survive in the game.  His skills will be used in helping film parts of the game, but mostly he will help behind the scenes in the production of the film itself.

Damian Naranjo will be literally behind this, helping film the primary third person footage before and after the game.  He also was behind the camera for the Kickstarter video.  Damian has played HvZ three times before, and also has a fair amount of experience with the rules and regulations of the game.  In addition to camera work, Damian will also be helping by making sure we stay on our production timeline.

What's the funding for?

The goal is to film the entire spirit of HvZ from start to finish, including all the pre-planning that goes into the game, and the aftermath.  To do this, we as the project creators are going to need a lot of Hard Disk space to store all the raw HD footage in high quality.  HvZ is important to us as players, and to RIT as a whole.  It has become a beautiful and intricate sub-culture on RIT and many other campuses, and we want to do justice to that by making the best documentary we can.  To do that, we'll need all the hard drive space we can get, but our project goal will ensure that we have at least the minimum space needed to make this project come to fruition the way we want it to.

Where does the project stand at the moment?

We have a small team of people, listed above, whose skills and expertise will help keep the production quality of the project high.  The project has the support of the RIT HvZ Moderators, and at the moment we are already drawing out our basic plans of the things that must be ready to get all the footage we're going to need.  We've also already got our equipment that will be used to make the project.

How can I help?

By pledging, you will help us raise the funds necessary to make this film come to term.  In return, you'll be getting copies of the movie before it's released to the general public, and if you pledge enough to get the DVD, you will receive a copy that is limited edition.  These specific copies will never be mass produced, so they are once-in-a-lifetime chances to get this documentary on a hard disc format, with the original cover art.

And all of us working on this film thank you for all the support you can give us!  

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