Contact us!

March 30, 2010 by  
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Feel free to contact us with any inquires about the project or to receive press materials;

Doug Sakmann – Producer/Director

If you are looking for zombies in the tri-state area and beyond we can help you through our organization the NYC Zombie Crawl – contact us for more information or check out the website at

For more information on Play Dead: The Book and the Author Ryan Brown, you can check out Ryan’s official website here and get more info on the book here.

Meet the ‘Play Dead’ lead actors!

March 30, 2010 by  
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Here is the first of a series of early auditions for the “Play Dead” project, featuring the first audition of Kate Boyer as Savannah Hickman and Brandon Jones as the head quarterback of the Jackrabbits, Cole Logan. In this scene they discuss watching Cole’s teammates just devour a horse.

We’ll be announcing more leads in the next few days and will have more videos of their auditions!

1st casting complete!

March 28, 2010 by  
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We saw a lot of great Philadelphia actors today and we cast most of our lead cast as well as a lot of supporting cast! Very exciting! We’ll be doing call backs in the next few days and will be posting some videos from the casting real soon!

We’re still looking for a few good football players, some of which will be zombified! Also, we need some cheerleaders and also a big crowd for the big game, the final standoff between the Killington Jackrabbits and Elmwood Badgers! Email if you are interested in working with us, we are doing more castings in the next week!

Play Dead now casting!

March 23, 2010 by  
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We’re currently casting for a fun zombie football project to be directed by Doug Sakmann. We are looking for a large variety of cast and are holding auditions this Saturday March 27th in Fishtown, please contact to RSVP and get more info, please include headshot and resume! Character descriptions below.

Also, we’re looking for a school bus (short or full size) to be used in the movie. Mainly the shots will be with a football team on the bus, but if we can get it for the right budget we are going to DRIVE IT OFF A BRIDGE! If you have a bus you want to be part of movie history, or are just looking to junk please contact

Backseat Conceptions is looking for non union male/female talent to appear in Zombie-comedy project set to shoot in early April.

Available Roles:

Cole Logan– Male/Caucasian/legal 18 to appear 17-19. Star quarterback of the football team. A rebellious hero, intense, and determined. Handsome, all-American type. Athletic/average build. Tattoos/Light Piercings OK – LEAD

Savannah Hickham– Female/Caucasian/legal 18 to appear 17-19. The football Coach’s daughter and top reporter for the high school paper. Sexy, fearless, sharp, and charming. Possible love interest of Cole. Fresh-faced and pretty. Doesn’t wear lots of makeup or anything too revealing. Trim/healthy figure. LEAD

Black Mona– Female/30-60/All Ethnicities-Cole’s mysterious neighbor with unexplainable powers. An eccentric woman who keeps to herself. Spiritual and superstitious.  Should have striking and/or unique look. LEAD

Coach Hickham- Male/late 30s-40s/Caucasian- Head football coach and Father to Savannah.  Football is his life. A longtime coach and player who loves the game.  Firm and fair, demands respect from his players. Average to heavyset frame. Casual and athletic dresser always with a baseball cap. LEAD

Booker Flamont – Male/Caucasian/legal 18 to appear 17-19. Star Quarterback of the rival team the Badgers, Booker is a very intense individual. Mean, menacing and bulky, he becomes increasingly psychotic due to his rampant steroid use. Rival to hero Cole Logan

Killington Jack Rabbits & Elmwood Badgers Football teams – Male/legal 18 to appear 17-19/All Ethnicities/10-12 roles- Members of the Killington High School and rival football team. Attractive, all-American looks with athletic/sturdy football player builds. Badgers teammates are more intense and bulky due to rampant steroid use. Ability to provide own Football pads and helmet a major plus! SUPPORTING

Cheerleaders- Female/legal 18 to appear 15-19/All Ethnicites/6-8 roles-The cheerleading squad of Killington High, the high school sweethearts with a lot of spirit! Cute, teen-queens with spunk. Fit/Trim/Athletic body types. Gymnastics, tumbling, cheerleading experience and uniform is a major plus! SUPPORTING

These positions are unpaid, with possible pay for Leads.

The auditions will take place this Saturday, March 27th in Fishtown, Philadelphia. Interested participants should RSVP for more info at email Please attach head shot and resume to your email.

About Play Dead

March 22, 2010 by  
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A horror/thriller/comedy in the spirit of ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘Shawn of the Dead’. The story centers on zombies bent on revenge in a football-obsessed town. When a high school football team is murdered by a rival team, a local witch brings the dead players back to life as zombies so they can trounce their rivals in one last game and save their own souls….

Directed and produced by Doug Sakmann in association with Backseat Conceptions, based on a novel by Ryan Brown. The novel ‘Play Dead’ is to be released by Simon and Schuster nationwide on May 4th 2010.