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 actor’s Andrina Carroll and Andrew Dunn (‘Jo Carpenter’ and ‘Dom Carpenter’) takes on our Drop Dead Famous questions:
1. How did you get involved with Zomblogalypse?
Andrina Carroll: Andy (Dunn) had been involved in some previous productions with Hannah, Tony and Miles, including Whoops! They got in touch when they were getting the cast together for Zomblogalypse, and we were both really happy to join in.
2. What was the best bit of making the movie?
Andrina Carroll: To be actually making the film. Absolutely without doubt the joyful enthusiasm of every single person involved. Everyone cared. It was a terrific atmosphere to be around. There was so much laughter, dedication, and a real sense of ensemble teamwork. Also, I do have a soft spot for the ridiculousness of ‘Meat Legs’.
3. After Zomblogalypse what is your second favourite zombie move?
Andrina Carroll: Shaun of the Dead.
4. What lessons did you learn during lockdown that would help you survive a zombie apocalypse?
Andrina Carroll: In lockdown I took up running. Not fast, but those zombies would (hopefully) not be able to keep going as long as me. Hopefully I’d grind them down.
5. If you had your own blog what would it be about?
Andrew Dunn: The wonderful world of ‘Yes’ music.
6. What is next for you?
Andrina Carroll: I’ve got an advert coming out soon which I’m pretty excited about.
Andrew Dunn: I’m appearing in The Trick for the BBC, which is on TV very soon.