After releasing 15 minutes of the attraction, this Friday (21), the Netflix finally launched the long-awaited 'Army of the Dead - Invasion in Las Vegas', a project to return to the origins of its director, Zack Snyder ('Justice League').

In the plot in 'Army of the Dead’, Dave Bautista ('Guardians of the Galaxy') plays Scott Ward, a homeless war veteran who now sells hamburgers on the outskirts of Las Vegas, a city that was left in ruins after the outbreak of a virus that turns people into zombies.

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If you have already watched the production, or need more incentive to press play on the “Tu Dum” platform, see 14 surprising curiosities about 'Army of the Dead'.

'Army of the Dead', by Zack Snyder. Image: Netflix / Disclosure
'Army of the Dead', by Zack Snyder. Image: Netflix / Disclosure

1. Zack Snyder started working on the first version of 'Army of the Dead: Invasion in Las Vegas' 10 years ago.

Director Zack Snyder. Image: CLAY ENOS / NETFLIX © 2021
The director in action. Image credits: Disclosure / Netflix

2. It took five weeks to film the opening scene in which the soldiers first met Zeus. "I wanted to shoot at the end of the day, with natural light," says Snyder. "We shoot every day at dusk for five weeks until we get it right." 

3. Following the opening, the team of visual effects put some discs in the sky to refer to the The store 51.

4. Although Snyder does not make any cameos, more attentive fans can see the director in two scenes at the beginning of the film. 

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The cast of the production assembled. Credits: Netflix / Disclosure

5. Snyder spent a few years buying all the lenses Canon Dream 1960s that he managed to find in the eBay to make the film look smooth and organic, in contrast to the apocalyptic zombie landscape. 

6. Before the start of production, he collaborated for one year with the RED Studios designing custom cameras that combined digital camera technology with lenses Canon Dream.

7. 'Army of the Dead: Invasion in Las Vegas'is Snyder's first feature film as a cinematographer and also the first feature in which he uses digital cameras. 

8. The 10 main actors in the cast participated in a “Zombie Training Camp”Of a week in which they were trained in weapons nomenclature and handling, posture, gun handling and cohesive group work.

9. Unlike the character he plays, Matthias knew how to handle weapons and the tactical consultants had to teach him to look less skilled.  

10. Since Las Vegas casinos are open 24 hours a day, filming in Sin City was impossible. O "Atlantic City Showboat”Was used for the interior of Bly's casino in Las Vegas in the film. As it is a hotel without games, the 5574,18 square meter casino has been empty since 2014. The art director Julie Berghoff and his team had to buy more than 500 slot machine to use in space.  

11. The production also bought 2.500 plastic skeletons on Amazon and Halloween stores, which were worn by the art department and piled up at ABQ studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

'Army of Dead' poster. Credits: Disclosure / Netflix
'Army of Dead' poster. Credits: Disclosure / Netflix

12. The team was unable to access the tallest rooftops in Las Vegas to film the Strip, so visual effects supervisor (VFX) Marcus Taormina and his team of 12 to 14 VFX photographers and LiDAR technicians spent 12 days using scissor lifts, drones and a helicopter with a LiDAR scanner to obtain aerial images. The effort resulted in an accurate 3D model of the entire Las Vegas Strip that was used in several sets.

13. To create the zombie tiger Valentine (as seen in the trailer), the visual effects team needed a real tiger as a base for the virtual creature. Enter the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, where the team also met Carole baskin several months before the release of “The Mafia of Tigers“. "She was a love and explained everything very well to us," recalls Taormina. “In passing, Carole mentioned 'Ah, yes, I know about cameras. We just recorded some documentary series here '”, he says.

14. O stuntman Albert Spider Valladares replaced Valentine during the attack scene. Garret Dillahunt did his own stunts, suspended by wires, to make the scene as realistic as possible.

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