When production began, Shaun Robert Smith and his team started the make-up effects on the 'projector room zombie'. Only when they finished, the actor playing the zombie realized he was allergic to latex. The team had to start again putting them 3 hours behind.
The Soldier was produced for the "2 Days Later" short film festival. The short won Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Editing and nominated for Best Sound. The film went on to be shortlisted for the London Short Film Festival.
The concept for "The Soldier" was born in 1998 when director Shaun Robert Smith wrote and directed his student film "AWOL to Horror". A film about disease testing during the Vietnam War. Shaun later penned the sequel "The Twitching Dead" The film was never completed. Over the years the story evolved and Shaun decided to set the story during WWII. He wanted to test the water with the idea so "The Soldier" was produced.
At the very beginning the soldier is seen playing with some Tarot cards, he is then injected by a Nazi Doctor. The cards were part of the '2 days later' competition rules. The production team had to choose 3 items from list to include in the film. The production team chose Tarot cards, an Axe and a mirror.
When the soldier is injected at the beginning, the location used was a small corner of a room at the Smudge Film Productions UK headquarters as production was running out of time on the second day of shooting.