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Zombie mask gaffe leaves some disappointed

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BATON ROUGE- A local company left out of The Walking Dead Escape event in Baton Rouge may consider legal action.

Composite Effects, a company that makes lifelike masks, created 245 zombie masks for the event's use after a verbal agreement weeks ago. 

Skybound EXP, the company that organized the event, recently decided to cancel their order of masks and go with makeup artists instead.

"The idea is to do the full Hollywood-style makeup, take people from a living person to a Walking Dead-style walker," said David Isaacs, the president of Skybound.

In a previous interview with a film crew, Isaacs expressed how the masks would improve the experience for the hundreds of paying customers.

"We realized they could really help us by taking things up another notch so we could create better makeup, we could use Hollywood-style silicone masks, we could do all the things that people really like," said Isaacs to the film crew.

But after an interview on Thursday, where Isaacs was asked about cancelling the order, he told a News 2 producer, "Who cares about CFX?"

"It's a shame that it has to come to something like that, but our work speaks for itself, we have an entire campaign of people out there on Twitter with the hashtag of 'I care about CFX,'" said Diana Branton, the media relations director at Composite Effects.

Now Mayor Kip Holden is looking for ways to protect local vendors in the future.

"At least make some of these out-of-state companies post a bond to make sure that those individuals do not get left high and dry and they get paid for all the time and effort that they put forth," said Holden.

Mayor Holden tells News 2 he plans to contact Skybound to discuss the issue, which he called a "disappointment."


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