The Perfect Shots of ‘Shaun of the Dead’


On this week’s Shot by Shot podcast we’re dodging zombies.

If it’s Wednesday, errr Thursday (apologies for the delay), it must be time for another episode of Shot by Shot, the official cinematography podcast of One Perfect Shot and Film School Rejects hosted by myself and OPS founder Geoff Todd. This week we’re tackling our first comedy on the ‘cast, Edgar Wright’s debut feature Shaun of the Dead, starring — duh — Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and shot by cinematographer David M. Dunlap.

Comedy isn’t often thought of as being especially cinematographical, but that’s one way in which Shaun stands out: the film is full of crafty techniques and stylish flourishes that not only spice up the film’s visual landscape, they also contribute to tone, atmosphere, and even narrative.

If this is your first listen to our show, the format’s simple: each week Geoff and I each pick a few shots from a certain film and discuss their effect and significance. Already we’ve done episodes on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Mad Max: Fury Road, Silence and Drive, and next week we’re talking about a film many consider to be the best ever made: Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

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Enough promotion, let’s get you to the good stuff. Check out the podcast at the link below, and enjoy a gallery of the shots we’re discussing.

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