The Adventures of the Zombie Extras in “Dead Heist”

 

Back in 2005, I was a featured Zombie Extra on a local Film here in Wilmington. It was fun and quite eye opening to how the movie industry operates. I think i spent 18 hours on set for 2.5 seconds of film time, part of which was just a shot of my back with a knife in it. *Sigh*

But still good fun

Here are some of the pictures I took & had taken.  

  

 

 

SO….this is day 2 of the zombie extras. There were a lot less of us today. The director’s helpers chose people from the crowd the night before and asked them to come back the next day. I said, “YES!” The goal was to have about 30 zombies, but only 17 showed up… AND we were missing a makeup effects person. There were two teams the night before and only one today.

(non-sequitur) You know that scene in all the old ‘airport disaster’ films where the flight attendants ask the passengers if there is anyone who has experience flying a plane? Well now imagine it on a movie set and someone asking for makeup artists.

OK, to make a long story short: A lot of the makeup you see below was done by yours truly with some very “low-tech” supplies, plus a little help from my make-up box and my personal bag of tricks. I want to thank every person I messed up, poured blood on, gave swamp hair to, applied latex to unshaved faces, and smeared strawberry jam on.

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Everyone was very cool and friendly and we became pretty tight by the end of the 17 hour day (1pm to 6am). I am looking forward to seeing everyone that worked on the set again. Hopefully this will not be the last time we cross paths.

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The “official” buzz: The release date is set for 2006 and will go directly to DVD. However, Dead Heist may be released earlier AND it may also have a real theatrical release too…

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Now everyone, all together…

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say “EAEAEEHHHAAAHHhhhGGGGGGGGGRRRRrrrrrrrrrrr!!!”

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