Behind the Scenes Photos – Pt 1

April 20, 2010 by  
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Check out some of the great behind the scenes action on Play Dead! Amazing photos by Joey Mas of Philly…MANY more to come, he took over 3000 photos! Also, we have the great Joe Frantz (MTV’s Jackass, Viva La Bam and Bam’s Unholy Union) who directed and is producing a behind the scenes feature on the making of the movie, we’ll have some sneak peaks coming soon!

Press: Bloody-Disgusting and Dread Central

April 20, 2010 by  
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Check it out, two of our favorite horror sites, and both did writeups on Play Dead! This is just the beginning…


What happens when you mix the zombie comedy mayhem of Shaun of the Dead with the teenage wonder years of “Friday Night Lights”? You get a movie with a football team on the prowl to score a bite out of your ass along with their touchdown. Are you ready to Play Dead?

The film which has been directed and produced by Doug Sakmann in association with Backseat Conceptions and is based on the novel of the same name by Ryan Brown. The novel Play Dead is set to be released by Simon and Schuster nationwide on May 4th 2010.

Cheerleader Tryouts!

April 18, 2010 by  
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Everyone loves cheerleaders, and of course, it wouldn’t be a sports movie without them! Check out some of the Cheerleader tryouts for Play Dead, featuring (in order of appearance) Jessica Cnzop, Catrina Knightess, Kim Reo, Carmella Hayslett, Heather Doyle, Larry Kwartowitz and Catlin Riley! Everyone made the cut, but Larry and Catlin were not available on the day of the shoot!

1st Stills from the Movie

April 16, 2010 by  
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Check it out, here are the first screen captures from some of the scenes in the movie featuring Brandon Jones as hero quarterback Cole Logan, Kate Boyer as the intrepid reporter Savannah Hickham and Monique Dupree as the mysterious Black Mona! Also the football scenes feature Chris Gonzalez as the evil Booker from the Elmwood Badgers and J.D Brown as Coach Hickham!

Play Dead SPFX – Pt 1 – Zombie Neck Stump

April 15, 2010 by  
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Check out some behind the scenes action with director Doug Sakmann as he explains the creation of a portion of a zombie neck stump using silicon and red food coloring. Much more on the way!

Meet Coach Hickham – J.D. Brown

April 14, 2010 by  
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Check out the latest rehearsal video for the “Play Dead” project directed by Doug Sakmann. Featuring J.D. Brown as Coach Hickham (Via Skype) and Brandon Jones as the head quarterback of the Jackrabbits, Cole Logan. In this scene they discuss the bus accident that sets off the events in Play Dead.

Play Dead production stills – Part 1

April 13, 2010 by  
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Here is a just a slight fraction of production stills from the Play Dead shoot this past weekend! We’re still sorting through the footage and images now (and also cleaning the blood off of everything) so this is just a taste of what’s to come!! More soon…

Play Dead – Day One Complete!

April 11, 2010 by  
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Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the first day of Play Dead!  We had so many amazing actors from the crowd to the leads, and of course our stupendous crew…we had over 150 people and everyone rocked it hardcore! We’re getting ready for day two right now but there is a lot more madness coming up soon!

Here is a very slight preview of what’s to  come, courtesy of Joey Mas of Philly…stay tuned!

Meet Black Mona – Monique Dupree

April 9, 2010 by  
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Announcing the latest edition to the ‘Play Dead’ cast, the ‘original Black Scream Queen’ Monique ‘Gata’ Dupree as the mysterious gypsy woman Black Mona! In this clip we’re rehearsing via Skype with Monique (in Baltimore) and our hero Cole Logan (in Philly, played by Brandon Jones) as Mona issues a warning about the Jackrabbits resurrection!

Play Dead in the Press!

April 9, 2010 by  
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Check out the writeups on the big game shoot in the Philly Daily News gossip column “Dan About Town” as well as the popular Philly Event Blog Thrillist!

Wanna play dead? Director Doug Sakmann is seeking extras to work Saturday on the set of “Play Dead,” a horror/thriller/comedy about a high-school football team that is murdered by a rival team and that comes back to life as zombies hell-bent on revenge. The shoot in Northeast Philadelphia is the big game between the Killington Jackrabbits (the zombies) and the Elmwood Badgers.

For time and location info, e-mail The film is based on the novel by Ryan Brown, son of author Sandra Brown, and formerly an actor on “Guiding Light” and “The Young and the Restless.” Sakmann says he’s still casting football players and asks interested men to send a head shot and a resume. For more info on the film, visit”

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