Drop Dead Famous with Natalie Roe – Questions for the cast and crew of Zomblogalypse

Zomblogalypse is best British Zom-Com we have seen in forever and to celebrate its bloodletting brilliance we bring you a series of exclusive interviews with the cast and crew behind the hilarious horror.

The feature is an expansion of the original web series Zomblogalypse, begun in 2008 when local filmmaking trio Hannah Bungard, Tony Hipwell and Miles Watts teamed up to make something armed only with a laptop, a York flat and a tub of green face paint. The series went on to clock up over a million views across various platforms, collecting legions of international fans along the way, and ran for four seasons before the team used their ‘filmmaking bootcamp’ of the web series to move onto independent features.

The film adaptation of Zomblogalypse was a labour of love for the filmmaking trio, who share producing, writing, directing and acting duties. Development began in 2012 with Hollywood studio involvement before going into hibernation for several years. The idea however, like the zombie menace, refused to stay dead.

Shot in 2018/19 by York-based production company MilesTone Films in association with One&Other Creative, Zomblogalypse built on a long-term relationship with the people and businesses of York, utilising locations, services and the help and goodwill of dozens of Yorkshire based services. Having made several feature films and a web series in the city over the past decade, the filmmakers were able to call upon an army of individuals and organisations to realise their film for a considerably smaller budget than feature films usually allow. The film boldly represents the incredibly strong creative community in York and the surrounding area.

Below Natalie Roe (Associate Producer/Production Design) takes on our Drop Dead Famous questions:

1. How did you get involved with Zomblogalypse?
I was a superfan! I was recommended the web series through a mutual friend. I didn!t know anyone in the Zomblog trio, but I loved the series so much, I bought the original DVD! When I saw online that they were planning on making a feature version, I volunteered to help with their crowd funder photoshoot and became a zombie. The rest is undead history!

2. What was the best bit of making the movie?
My favourite bit was cardboard prop day. There!s a very silly montage where the gang try to make a film using stuff they have lying around. I made cardboard cars, cardboard Viking helmets, cardboard clapperboards, Miles has a cardboard version of his tie… Every few minutes someone (usually Tony) would run in and ask: $Can you make me a cardboard tommy gun?” and I!d set to work. All colouring in was done entirely with wax crayons.

3. After Zomblogalypse what is your second favourite zombie move?
I love Shaun of the Dead…to pieces! But a recent contender might just be The Dead Don’t Die. Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Tilda Swinton in a zombie movie? Get in my eyeballs!

4. What lessons did you learn during lockdown that would help you survive a zombie apocalypse?
Staying at home, in pyjamas, knitting, for 6 months is a perfectly acceptable response to emergencies. Hannah had it right all along!

5. If you had your own blog what would it be about?
Probably something ultra-nerdy like “Close readings of genre subversion in Stranger Things.”

6. What is next for you?
I do creative writing as well as design work. It!s been far easier to do in a lockdown by yourself! I write weird, magical fiction so looking forward to more of that until the world!s reanimated again!

Check out our review HERE and find out more about the movie on their website https://zomblogalypse.com/


Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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