Filming on location
The undead are walking beside us. Leicester has become home to blood and gore in the form of new horror film Zombie Undead, and you can get involved!
A group of Leicester filmmakers are currently in the process of making a gory zombie movie based in the city.
De Montfort University provides the main filming location for the feature, with a few secret spots thrown in for good measure.
For director Rhys Davies and script-writer Kris Tearse it was important that as much of the filming process as possible stayed within the locality:
"One of the things we wanted to do from the start was to try and prove we had the talent and ability in Leicester to do something on this scale."
Listen: Interview with Rhys Davies and Kris Tearse
BBC Leicester's Chris Baxter spoke to Rhys and Kris about their involvement in the film and how you can get involved...
Despite keeping the film local in one sense, people worldwide are already interested in the film which has just reached the halfway point in production.
The filmmakers have been contacted by people as far away as North America and Japan:
"The horror genre has a very loyal fan-base, especially zombies, It's one of those kind of genres that is international. You don't have to be particularly British to enjoy it."
The Land of the Living
The film is not a full time venture, Kris and Rhys have day jobs in the land of the living.
For Rhys this means charity work. In the week he takes a caring role whereas conversely at the weekend he "blows peoples' heads' off in a zombie film".
Both the guys have been into horror films since a young age so know the genre inside out.
Rhys feels that horror films are best when not everything is explained, the Zombie Undead storyline avoids exposition and focuses on, "characters reacting to the situation, reacting to each other about who should stay and who should go.
"That's where the real horror and fear comes from, from my point of view."
Give us a (severed) hand!
The film is now around half-way through the production process which is due to finish around March or April 2009, but the local filmmakers are still keen to get new people involved.
You can be an extra zombie, victim, runner or part of the crew. Or if you'd rather have a more hands-off approach you can get a credit in the film by donating some money to help fund the feature.
The film website allows you to sponsor a wide variety of ghoulish items including intestines, an axe or brains.
Oh, and of course a pint of blood. In zombie films you can never have enough blood:
"You think it's enough when you're doing it but then you see it on film and then it's, 'Ah, I wish we'd put more gore on that!'"
Find out more and get involved with Zombie Undead by visiting the website: www.zombieundead.com
last updated: 08/09/2008 at 17:32
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