Overkill’s The Walking Dead: Maya

In the second character trailer for the upcoming Starbreeze game ”Overkill’s The Walking Dead” we are introduced to Maya. Once upon a time she used to work at a hospital. She was engaged to David. They had plans. They were happy.

But that was before the outbreak. Before the world was plunged into chaos. The old world is dead and the life she once knew is gone. Only the memories prevail, but those memories fade away day by day. All but one: the memory of how it all started. The chaos. The horror. And the choice no-one ever should have to make. The most horrible day of her life. And still just a first taste of her new reality, her new life in a world without hope.

Director Andrée Wallin and the Goodbye Kansas teams in Uppsala and Stockholm worked closely with Starbreeze to create this film, and we pushed ourselves further than ever – both artistically and technically – to create a reality that feels both intense and unsettling, both sombre and dramatic. A world where no-one is safe and horror awaits you wherever you look.

The Trailer was nominated for Best Animation in a Commercial at the VES Awards 2019, and the process of creating Maya is featured at a special booth at the exposition “Play beyond Play” at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm.



Behind the scenes of the production of the Maya trailer


Goodbye Kansas Cinematics team
Director: Andrée Wallin
Art Director: Gustaf Holmsten
Creative Consultant: Fredrik Löfberg
VFX Supervisor: Henrik Eklundh
Animation Director: Jonas Ekman
Executive Producer: Jörgen Lilja
Producer: Thomas Oger

Lead Character artists: Jonas Skoog
Character Modeling: Mario Baldi, Sandra Isaksson, Adam Sacco, Daniel Bystedt
Lead Facial Modeler: Jonas Törnqvist
Facial Modeler : Anneli Larsson, Jonas Skoog
Character Look Development: Henrik Eklundh, Jonas Skoog, Daniel Bystedt, Sandra Isaksson

Lead Environment Artist: Erik Hallberg
Assets Modelers: David Birgersson, Frans Åkerman, Jesper Bardhamre, Joel Sundberg, Magnus Andersson, Sandra Isaksson, Philip Sandström, Albin Lindetorp

Lead Environment Look Development : Jesper Bardhamre
Look Development Artists: Johan Gabrielsson, David Birgersson, David Karlstrand, Frans Åkerman, Jesper Bardhamre, Magnus Andersson, Sandra Isaksson, Sean Kalamgi, Mica Olsson, Philip Sandström

Lead Lighting : Johan Gabrielsson
Lighting and Rendering: Erika Johansson, Kristian Zarins, Alexis Andersson

Lead Rigging: Peter Jemstedt
Lead Character FX : Ludvig Eliasson
Character FX : Gabija Smalinskaite, Ludvig Jonsson
Facial Rigging : Nils Lerin

Lead Animator: Jonas Ekman
Animator: Jonas Forsman
Head of Facial Animation: Goran Milic  
Sr Facial Animator: Tamara Bogdanovic  
Facial Animators: Johan Fröjd, Frida Safar
Junior Facial Animator: Antonija Milic
Motion Editor: Mattias Lindkvist

Lead FX: Max Öberg
FX Artists : Ludvig Jonsson

Technical Director : Simon Rainerson

Lead Matte Painter and Concept Artist: Mikael Widegren
Matte Painter: Mikael Eriksson

Lead Compositing: Peter Blomstrand
Compositing Artist: Calle Granström, Richard Sällqvist, Sven Ahlstöm
Editor: Peter Blomstrand

Pipeline: Erik Johansson, Emil Ferdinandsson

Sound design: Redpipe
Sound designer: Joakim Kristensen

Grading : Martin Steinberg

Goodbye Kansas Studios Capture Division:
Head of Mocap Studio: Anton Söderhall
Motion Capture Specialists: Samuel Tyskling, David Grice, Nils Aulin, Marko Marinkovic
HMC Operator : Sigtor Kildal
Scan Operator : Roger Sundberg

Performance actors:
Maya : Kae Alexander
David : Joseph May
Nurse: Thomas Oger
Walker: Nicklas Hansson
Walker: Seth Ericson

Client: Starbreeze
Producer: Hampus Gross
Writer: Thomas Conroy
Executive Producer: Saul Gascon
Art director: Joakim Ericson

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