The zombie-themed thriller All Of Us Are Dead is the latest Korean series to make waves online. It premiered on the international streaming platform Netflix last January 28, and immediately claimed the top spot in Netflix Philippines’ Top 10 list.
The 12-part series tells the story of a group of high school students who are trapped in their school during a virus outbreak, a virus that turns people into flesh-eating monsters. Aside from the concept, viewers came to love the characters and the cast of the series.
In a Netflix video featuring behind-the-scenes footages posted on The Swoon’s YouTube channel, show director Lee Jae Kyoo explained how they came up with the well-loved cast.
“It’s a story about the sudden appearance of zombies at school. And it should look as real as possible to viewers. So we wanted faces unfamiliar to the audience for the roles, which can be more appealing and more fun to watch. So we wanted to cast new faces to create the atmosphere,” he said.
The series starred Park Ji-hoo as Nam On Jo, Yoon Chan-Young as Lee Cheong San, Cho Yi-hyun as Nam Ra, Park Solomon as Lee Suhyeok, and Yoo In-soo as Yoo Gwi-nam, among others.
“After casting was completed, we held a workshop. All the kids bonded and swapped roles when reading the script. It helped them understand other roles. So what we most took into account was realness as well as chemistry among actors. That’s how my directing went,” the director added.
Director Lee further talked about the making of the series. He revealed that they built a four-story school set just for the show.
“For those who aren’t fans of zombie films, we tried to incorporate many different tools in this for a fun viewing experience. We tried to make the school look animated and bright at first. We gave a lot of thought to lighting and colors for every single space. To perfectly convey our intention, we built a set 100 meters long. So we can safely say that we built a four-story school.
Furthermore, Director Lee also revealed that the cafeteria scene only took one take. “To make it look more realistic and lively, we used many one-takes and long takes in the beginning. I’m talking about a scene where zombies come into the cafeteria after the virus spreads all over. Zombies attack the area where 200 students gathered. We shot that scene in one take,” he said, adding that hundreds of crew members and actors rehearsed the scene for a whole day.
Watch more behind-the-scenes stories in this video.