How to make a walker

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So you want to be a tv zom­bie? while the walk­ing dead has a train­ing pro­gramme for peo­ple who want to play zom­bies on the show, a lot goes into bring­ing the un­dead to life. from the small de­tails like nails and fa­cial hair, to a full fa­cial mask, ev­ery­thing is cru­cial to make the walk­ers as scary as pos­si­ble. and some of those tech­niques are also used to bring other sci-fi crea­tures to life, in­clud­ing the white walk­ers from game of thrones (2011-cur­rent) and the were­wolves in grimm (2011-cur­rent). the wardrobe team – headed by for­mer capeto­nian eu­lyn womble – play a big part in giv­ing life to walk­ers. clothes are aged to look grimey and are stained with any­thing from cof­fee to beet­root. the amount of dam­age also de­pends on how long the per­son’s been un­dead.


walk­ers scratch at walls and doors to break into build­ings, so their nails tend to be bro­ken and bloody. an acrylic nail is ap­plied over the ac­tor’s real nail. it’s then bro­ken and given a coat of fake blood and tex­ture, fol­lowed by brown dye to make it look rot­ten and dirty.

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