‘Shaun of the Dead’ Photo-a-day / Shoot Day 37 / June 23rd, 2003

‘Shaun of the Dead’ Photo-a-day / Shoot Day 36 / June 23rd, 2003

Ten years ago today we shot the Queen scene fight which around revolved some quite complicated Steadicam shots operated by Paul Edwards. We had choreographed the scene with both a stunt co-ordinator, Jeff Hewitt Davis and a dance choreography Litza Bixler. We had it completely worked out beat for beat to ‘Don’t Stop Me Now.’

‘Shaun of the Dead’ Photo-a-day / Shoot Day 36 / June 23rd, 2003

Steve Emerson who plays John the barman is a veteran stuntman with hundreds of credits. One that I only found out about after the fact was that he had already performed a head-into-the-jukebox stunt, in the 1975 John Wayne film ‘Brannigan’. In that movie the Duke himself threw him into a jukebox.

‘Shaun of the Dead’ Photo-a-day / Shoot Day 37 / June 23rd, 2003

I think we had champagne for our 500th slate. On ‘Hot Fuzz’ we tried to have champagne on every 100 slates, but the idea was quickly abandoned when we shot 1200 slates during the shoot.

  • Stuart Bedford

    I work in film and TV now and it was this movie (as well as Spaced which I went and bought on DVD after watching the Shaun of the Dead trailer) that made me decide that that’s what I’d do with my life. Seeing this movie was a massively important moment in my life, and this scene in particular was one of my favourites.

  • Rosann Santorelli

    The comedy stylings of Wright, Pegg and Frost are sunshine in a world of dark clouds .. a breath of fresh air in a smoke filled room .. a moment to moment plethora of brilliance and comedic timing .. to be matched by no one – no where .. at any moment, in any film or tv series. Just sayin’ ..

  • AmberGrindstaff

    One of my favorite scenes in a movie 🙂

  • Patrick, London

    Remember developing an ever widening smile as this scene unfolded, with every passing second pushing Don’t Stop Me Now further up my list of favourite songs