“We are arriving at that unique moment in time where the
term “fan-made” becomes moot. This is extraordinary.”
– Damon Lindelof, Executive Producer, LOST
“Kudos to Daniel Kanemoto for his terrific fan version of
THE WALKING DEAD opening titles — they rock big time!”
– Gale Anne Hurd, Producer, THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS, THE ABYSS, THE WALKING DEAD
My favorite “exclusive” from the 2009 Comic-Con convention was a beautiful painting by legendary artist Drew Struzan, featuring a horde of zombies from THE WALKING DEAD. Frank Darabont adapted the apocalyptic Image Comics book created by Robert Kirkman, and man, it looked really, really great.
As I was admiring Struzan’s work of art, I wondered what the opening titles to this terrifying new television show might look like… so I animated a spec title sequence using artwork ripped from the pages of the comic, originally illustrated by Charlie Adlard and Tony Moore.
Just so there’s no confusion, I’m not affiliated with the production in any way — I’m simply a huge fan of both Frank Darabont and Robert Kirkman, and this is my attempt at creating a cinematic introduction to one of the all time great “continuing stories of survival horror.”
THE WALKING DEAD premiered on October 31st, 2009 on AMC and is currently the highest rated basic cable series of all time.
Directed & Animated by Daniel M. Kanemoto
“The Walking Dead” Artwork by Charlie Adlard & Tony Moore
“Fresh Blood” Written & Performed by eels
Music Editing by Jeff Yorkes