Walking Dead Storyboards Lay Out Midseason Premiere’s Action Sequence

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In Sunday's midseason premiere of "The Walking Dead," Rick & Co. had a major run-in with some walkers that involved a long clothesline and some explosions. That kind of television sequence obviously requires a lot of time, planning and storyboarding.

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Luckily, we now have access to the very storyboards that helped director Greg Nicotero lay out the scene, thanks to Entertainment Weekly. The storyboarded sequence is spread across nine comic book-like pages, with action separated by panels and illustrated largely in black and white.

The storyboards also includessome basic filmmaking jargon, for anyone interested in the mechanical side of how a television show goes from illustration to production. Terms like “CU” and “POV,” short for “close-up” and “point of view,” respectively, tell the camera operators and actors how they'll be nteracting, while notes like “drone shot” get down to the nitty-gritty of how many establishing television shots are pulled off these days.

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Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, The Walking Dead” has returned from its midseason break. “The Walking Dead” stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier and Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene.

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