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Students get gory work experience

College students were given a taste of life on a real film set when they were asked to take part in the making of a zombie movie.

Media make-up students from Rotherham College of Arts and Technology were asked to help out with the make-up on the locally produced horror film Dying Breed.

Students were also given roles as walking dead extras during the filming in the Chapeltown area.

Hair and beauty lecturers Anne Derbyshire, Christine Smallman and Kelly Carr helped their students work on over 80 zombies for the filming, making fake blood and gore, wounds and scabs. They had around four hours to create their masterpieces.

The film was the second part in a trilogy being written and directed by Damian Morter.

The College’s make-up team took part after seeing an advert looking for local volunteers to work on the film.

Anne said: “I felt that this type of experience would be excellent for our department and students. Safehouse Pictures UK came across as a forward thinking, motivated company and as it was being filmed around Sheffield it was the perfect opportunity to get involved.”

Level 3 media make-up student, Rebecca Beresford said: “I found this a good experience of working very quickly under pressure with lots of different people.”

Courtney Smith, Level 3 Media Makeup student said: “It was a good experience to meet new people and to see what a real life film set is like.”

The final instalment of the trilogy was being filmed throughout November.

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