The Walking Dead: Last Mile is a massively interactive live event (“MILE”), a unique hybridized format between interactive televised storytelling and Facebook social media driven roleplaying game.
Skybound Entertainment reached out to Emperia Sound and Music for Jeff Rona to create the score of the game which is set in the remote wilds of the Alaskan coast. The producers wanted a score to reflect the harsh locale and culture of the indigenous population of Alaska… and of course zombies.
The main title theme (“Prosper Landing Divided”) was designed to be variable in length to fit a different introductory narration for each weekly episode, each with a buttoned up hit in sync with the show’s logo. The score was rooted in a combination of moody sound design, drums, and ominous stringed instruments. As part of the musical world of The Walking Dead, we used a number of Americana instruments such as banjo, acoustic guitar, and mandolin, all masterfully played by legendary multi-instrumentalist David Levita.
Musical themes were composed by physical locations in the setting of The Walking Dead: Last Mile: a community center where characters meet up to talk about issues, the forest, a saw mill, and some outlying areas. Then of course there is the persistent onslaught of zombies, for which suites of engaging and riveting music were composed.