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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Alexander Kaufman and Weedley Funeus  were hungry for brains.

The former Murphree Area resident assistants decided to make a zombie movie while they were thinking of events for dorm residents last October.

“The movie ended up being really corny,” Funeus said.

“It was really random and stupid, but we decided to go with it,” Kaufman said.

“Residents Evil” is a 35-minute horror-comedy film, which will premiere at Murphree Commons at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Kaufman said he first thought he would just show the movie to the people who were in it, but then the Inter-Residence Hall Association got involved and helped him rent out the equipment for the premiere.

Kaufman rented out 100 chairs, a popcorn machine and a projection screen for the viewing.

Kaufman and Funeus wrote the 13-page script in just a few weeks in September 2009 and began to film in October 2009.

Kaufman said the movie cost about $20 to make.

He said a former telecommunications student lent out the camera equipment to them and other students helped with the makeup for the film.

“Without me it would have never started, and without other people it would have never happened,” Kaufman said.

As an engineering major, Kaufman was not aware of the realities of filming a movie.

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He said editing was the most time consuming, but making the movie was a great learning experience.

He decided to finish the movie on his own, bought a camera on eBay and began editing.

Funeus said he initially wanted to do a reenactment of “Thriller,” but Kaufman did not agree.

“It’s going to be embarrassing to watch but funny at the same time,” Funeus said. “Somehow Alex kept talking me into doing the most ridiculous things.”

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