Interview with a Zombie

This summer Mission Briefing engaged in a project with NCR’s master make-up artist Rose Lynch to help round out the special zombie insert to the publication.  At the end of the project Rose kindly agreed to sit down with us and answer a few questions about her world and why and how she applies the moulage.  We are very grateful to Rose for her efforts for this somewhat frivolous project and for all the years she has supported our exercises across the region.

Mission Briefing:  What was it like creating zombies for this edition of the Mission Briefing?

Rose Lynch:  I had never created a zombie before, so I was a bit apprehensive about how they would turn out.  We had a lot of fun experimenting with different looks and the zombies really got into the photo shoot.

MB:  You have the reputation of being the premiere moulage specialist in the North Central Region.  How did this come about?  Was it ever a goal?

RL:  I never expected to become so involved in moulaging.  Over time it just evolved into a fun hobby for me.  I now moulage for multiple first responder trainings, hospitals, schools, CERT exercises and even a training video for the U. S. Department of Commerce.

MB:  You studied moulage under Haley Rich, who is credited with developing many of the application techniques used today.  What was that like?

RL:  Haley was a wonderful teacher.  She was very patient and creative.  Her homemade recipes for making injuries have saved the Region hundreds of dollars in supply purchases.

MB:  How do you prepare for a moulage session?   Is there something that you do to get the creative juices flowing?

RL:  Occasionally I will Google images of injuries on the internet so I can get a feel for how specific wounds should look.  The more realistic looking the injury, the more useful it is for first responders to train.

MB:  If someone wants to get into the moulage business, what advice would you give them?

RL:  Volunteer to assist with exercises in your area.  CERT exercises are always a good time to practice moulage skills.  In addition, there are instructional videos on the internet that can be very helpful.

MB:  Other than the zombie session, what was the strangest moulage assignment you ever undertook?

RL:  A local school district asked me to create injuries on students as a way to train their nursing staff.  They requested that a couple of the students be suffering from food poisoning.  I filled the kids mouths with instant oatmeal and instructed them to “vomit” when the nurses approached.  That turned out to be very realistic and not necessarily appreciated by the nurses.

MB:  What big projects do you have on the horizon?

RL:  The North Central Region is conducting a very large multi-jurisdictinal exercise in September.  There will be hundreds of casualties that will require moulage prior to the event at multiple locations around the Region.


Delaney 0

Zombie Delaney—is that really me? Photo by P. O’Neill. Moulage by R. Lynch.

Zombie Sneak

Zombies on the prowl. Photo by P. O’Neill. Moulage by R. Lynch.


Zombie 1

No detail is left to chance. Photo by M. Khaytsus. Moulage by R. Lynch.

Zombie 2

Raising from the grave — a zombie is born. Photo by P. O’Neill. Moulage by R. Lynch.

Zombie 3

Bar hopping zombies. What zombies do at the end of the day. Photo by M. Khaytsus. moulage by R. Lynch.

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