PARKTON — Though separated by a 10-year-age gap and thousands of miles, Parkton-born siblings Sydney Hord and Jaiden Frost have found at least one way to keep their bond alive — with a little help from the dead.
Last year Frost, a 24-year-old Robeson County filmmaker, made the big move to Los Angeles to follow his dreams of working within the industry, but he never forgot the sister he left behind. Though Frost and his sister had lived separately for years, with his parents and sister moving to Iowa in 2005, he has made an effort to continue to stay connected to her through phone calls, the Internet and more recently, a shared love of the hit AMC television show “The Walking Dead,” which last month the two used as inspiration for a short fan film that has since been released on YouTube.
The show follows the story of a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies. It is based on a popular independent comicbook series of the same name, and has become a critical and commercial hit despite criticism from those who say that the show is too violent.
“During a visit [to Lena, Iowa] she and I get to walking around this old graveyard, and we stop by a gazebo, and started talking about ‘The Walking Dead,’” Frost said. “My sister is absolutely obsessed with ‘The Walking Dead.’ She has every DVD, T-shirt, poster, her whole room is covered with ‘The Walking Dead’ posters, and her excitement for it is what got me into the show. So we talked about Carl, the character, and how you see him grow from a little boy into a young man on the show. We came up with the idea of doing a ‘Walking Dead’ fan film with kids Carl’s age.”
Frost, an experienced filmmaker with a loyal online following thanks to his now discontinued “Five for Frost” video series, jumped at the chance to spend some time helping his sister, noting that being successful in his career would always take a back seat to being considered a good brother.
“It was a great experience, he made it like we were filming a real movie and I love working with him,” Hord said. “We don’t fight over anything like other siblings do so it was really fun to do this movie with him, not to mention he really wanted to make a movie with me before he left.”
The film, which is titled “The Walking Dead: Death Before It Gets Us,” follows a group of teenagers as they make their way through a graveyard, fighting off the undead. Hord served as director and makeup artist, while Frost handled cinematography and post-processing.
As of Thursday the short had garnered more than 1,100 unique views on YouTube, and has Hord considering following in her brother footsteps.
“I think I would want to be a filmmaker because I’ve always been around it even when I was little and my brother would make videos with his friends,” Hord said. “And maybe if I was a filmmaker I might even get to work with my brother again.”