Army of the Dead is a 2021 American zombie heist film directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay he co-wrote with Shay Hatten and Joby Harold, based on a story he also created. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi, and Garret Dillahunt. It follows a group of mercenaries who plan a Las Vegas casino heist amid a zombie apocalypse.
Framestore was involved in the creative process from early concept art through to the show’s final VFX, working closely with co-writer, producer, director Zack Snyder (300, Dawn of the Dead) to reveal hoards of zombies, a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas and an undead tiger. The team was also tasked with seamlessly digitally integrating a key cast member, Tig Notaro, post-shoot.
Starring Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Tig Notaro, and more, the film takes place following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas. A group of mercenaries takes the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. In collaboration with VFX Supervisor Marcus Taormina, Framestore’s Bob Winter (Moonfall) and João Sita (Lost in Space) worked together on 500+ shots that took in expertise from the studio’s vis dev, animation and VFX teams. “We were thrilled to be working alongside Zack Snyder, to deliver this genre-bending film for Netflix,” says Winter. “It was a privilege for us to get involved from the get-go on such a broad range of creative work.”