Cockney’s Vs Zombies: My day as a Zombie extra

The always brilliant James Moran teased at the SFX Weekender 2 in February about a new Zombie film he had written. A short while later he mentioned on his blog that the film was looking for extras to play Zombies, well how could you say no.

Without giving away the plot, it involves a Zombie outbreak in the East end of London and a lot of guns. The cast includes, Michelle Ryan, Alan Ford, Richard Briers, Honor Blackman, Harry Treadaway and many more.

The scene I was involved in takes place in the latter part of the film and the Zombies are trying to get to some of our key stars. I received my start time as 06:30 so that meant an early start to get to the other side of London. Once I got to the base area were we got a hot breakfast and nice warm coffee. Then it was time to watch a short film on how to be a Zombie. It is amazing how much people know about being a Zombie.

I was moved into makeup fairly early. The make up team were doing a great job and the effects looked really scary. Next up was Zombie school where we were shown how to walk and how to react when shot. All good fun.

We were then whisked off to the actual set. It did not take long till myself and 6 other Zombies had to rehearse and then film a scene where we are walking down a corridor and trying to get through a glass door. We did several takes from behind and then a load from the front all with zombie walking and groaning. I for one think this will be the best scene in the movie but that is just me….

After a nice hot lunch in the hot sun we had to get back to set where we watched a scene staring three of the main cast doing multiple takes. A few hours later we were all called to demonstrate our best hand acting in a very pivotal scene that I will not discuss but it was amazing watching the process develop and how the script change a bit and also who said what lines.

Picture from the Daily Mail website

This lasted a long time with the Zombies creating a very scary effect using just our hands, wait till the movie and you will see what I mean.

The crew were all very pleasant and treated the extras well. The director even asked us to see what we had filmed and was very enthusiastic, which was a nice touch.

Overall I was really pleased with what I saw and am really looking forward to the film coming out. A big thank you to the cast crew for a great day.

SOURCE: Daily Mail,

GS Reporter: Montoya

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5 comments

  1. Red Five /

    If it’s got zombies in it, I’m all over it, and especially a British Zombie flick!! You make a good ‘walker’ too 😉

  2. Great experience to be a zombie 🙂 Here’s a link another day in life of another zombie extra in the same film – COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES – EXTRAS

  3. Wow, I’m sure you had a great day. 🙂 I’m not a huge zombie film fan but I’m waiting for this film so much because Michelle Ryan is one of my favorite actresses, and I used to watch all the films which she appears in.

    • montoc1701 /

      She was great on set and looked like she was having a really great time

  4. its3time /

    as part of this movie i was promised payment for my time and was lied to i have all the text to prove this .So my advice to all never do anything for free

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