The beginning of Z-End started with a music video for Da’Shade Moonbeam’s song “They Are Coming” off of his “Just Me…(EP)". While capturing Da’Shade’s “era of terror” aesthetic on camera, A.D. Hopson was inspired to write a short horror film. Her enthusiasm was infectious and creativity exploded from every direction. This creative pandemic spawned the terrifyingly beautiful monster that is Z-End. Production came to a screeching halt as Ali pieced together her perfect crew.
The first teaser was shot in July 2013 as a fundraising effort. Although the film was conceptually developed, it had no chance of surviving sans resources, despite the plethora of culturally and artistically diverse participants. Thankfully, UpRise! Productions breathed life back into Z-End by awarding us funding through the City of Austin Cultural Division and the Texas Commission on the Arts grant at the end of 2013.