^^^ I agree. I'm tired of how in zombie movies it's always a group of people holing up in some building somewhere in an effort to wait out the problem or whatever, only for their own personalities to conflict. It was interesting the first time it was done in Night of the Living Dead, but hundreds of zombie movies later and that premise has been done to death. Not to mention that the more survivors you have holed up, the less time we the viewers are given to get to know them because there are half a dozen others we have to meet as well.
This is one of the many reasons why I love AMC's The Walking Dead. It drops its characters into the middle of a zombie holocaust, then actually allows them to move about in that world rather than just board themselves up somewhere. And since it's an on-going series, we don't have to learn all there is to learn about a character during his first appearance; we get to learn more about them with each new episode.
One alternative -- the one you seem to have opted for -- would be to make a zombie movie which focuses on one man. But this can be tricky, as witnessed by the embarassment that was the I Am Leged adaptation starring Will Smith. There has to be enough going on around him to keep the viewer engaged, to keep the viewer from getting tired of looking at the same mug for ninety minutes straight. It can be introspective but still have a lot going on in the world around him (like in the superior indie zombie flick Shatter Dead).
As for the drama of transformation, that story actually has been told before, in the low-budget flick I, Zombie. But that shouldn't deter you. There's nothing new under the sun, man. As convinced as you might be that your idea is completely unique and original, I guarantee that idea's been executed before, and likely many, many times.
Which is why it all comes down to what I mentioned above. You, as a filmmaker, have one thing that no other filmmaker has: your own unique perspective. Your goal is to take that familiar storyline and pour it into the sieve that is your perspective, so that what comes out on the other side is distinctly yours.
Last edited by LoudLon (2012-07-16 23:29:01)