Play Dead at NYC Zombie Crawl on May 30th!

May 12, 2010 by  
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The afterparty at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn (Buy tickets NOW) will feature a live performance by legendary NYC punk-rockers THE UNDEAD with Bobby Steele (ex-Misfits)! Also, Troma Entertainment will be in the house with The Toxic Avenger as well as DVD prizes for the costume contest winners! We’ll also be screening some Troma clips at the afterparty!!

Play Dead will be a part of the NYC Zombie Crawl festivities on Sunday, May 30th in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! Before the afterparty at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn there is a free meet and greet with ‘Play Dead’ author Ryan Brown as well as the cast and crew of ‘Play Dead: The Movie”, and you can even buy copies of his book and have him sign it! Also, we’ll be premiering the ‘Redband’ trailer for Play Dead as well as selected scenes from the movie!

This is a first for the NYC Zombie Crawl that the whole event is all ages…and the best part is there will still be booze if you are over 21!  Entry for all events is free except there is a $10 cover for the final screening and dance party!

It all starts in Brooklyn at 3pm at The Charleston
174 Bedford Ave (Between N 7th & N 8th) Brooklyn, NY 11211 – The first stop and the crawl event FREE and is ALL AGES! Zombies can eat pizza and drink booze (if you’re over 21+) while civilians are zombified for two hours!

We’ll have our zombie technicians on hand to zombify the crowd but we also encourage civilians to come zombified as well as we will be doing a zombie costume contest! We also encourage a sports/varsity theme in honor of Play Dead, so bring out your best undead jocks, cheerleaders and football players! The crawl will start about 5:00pm and go into the evening before ending at the official after party at 7:00pm!

At 5:00pm, the zombies will mobilize up Bedford Ave and head to:
McCarren Park – N 12th and Bedford – Zombie Football Game – Blood Fights, Human Tug O War with Disgraceland Hook Squad and more madness! Win prizes including DVD’s from Backseat Conceptions!

At 6:30pm, the zombies will mobilize again and head back down Bedford avenue for grand zombie parade to the final stop:

7:00pm – Zombie Dance Party A Go-Go with Play Dead, Ryan Brown and the Raspberry Brothers
Knitting Factory Brooklyn – 361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11211
– Free book signing and meet and greet from 7-8pm with author Ryan Brown and the Cast and Crew of Play Dead: The Movie
– $10 after 8pm for the Zombie Dance Party A Go-Go which includes:

PLAY DEAD premiere screening of the Redband trailer and some selected scenes
– The Raspberry Brothers, a team of NYC comedians who will mock the hell out of campy old zombie flicks (MST3k stylee), including clips from Zombie (Lucio Fulci, 1979) and the Crazies (George Romero, 1973) and more!
– Zombie Dance Party with DJ Jeremy Bastard (Trash, NC-17) with zombie go-go dancers, a hot zombie contest, live music and more madness to be announced!
The zombies from THRILL THE WORLD, the Michael Jackson’s Thriller-dance-around-the-world-on-the-same-day-at-same-time event who will be coming out to teach people the thriller dance and we’ll be doing a dance and sing-along! We’ll be doing sing-alongs to other classic Monster hits too!

Stay tuned to for the official routing and more announcements about entertainment and other goodies being added!

Play Dead: The Trailer with Credits!

May 12, 2010 by  
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Here is the Play Dead trailer in all it’s glory on Youtube! Link to your pages and tell your friends!

And here are the full credits for Play Dead, we could have not done this without our fabulous cast and crew!!

Cole Logan – Brandon Tyler Jones
Savannah Hickham – Kate Boyer
Booker Lamont – Chris Gonzalez
Manny – Michael O’Connor
Black Mona Monique ”Gata” Dupree
Coach Hickham – J.D. Brown
Sheriff Curtis Clark – Ed Noone

JackRabbits Football Team – Michael Harkness, Anthony Brown, John Sakmann, Ilya Rashkovskiy, Joe Zang, Josh Potter, Dennis Pozo, Chris Godwin

Badgers Football Team – Tim Cronin, Sean Coia, Jay Conquest, Pete Lodge, Michael Chadwick, Andre Brown, Derek Felton

Cheerleaders – Jessica Czop, Caitlin DiGian, Heather Doyle, Stacia Eve Paul, Carmela Hayslett, Katrina Naidas, Kim Reo, Chelsea Wittick

Produced and Directed by Doug Sakmann
Assistant Director – Evan Meszaros
Second Assistant Director – Ray Foley
2nd Second Assistant Director – Gina Izzo
Director of Photography – Jarred Alterman
Assistant Camera – Alex McCarron
Gaffer – Zafer Ulkucu
Stunt Coordinator and Key Grip – Tim Cronin
Grip -Alexander Lewis
Sound Recordist -Jason Wasley
Art Director – Illya Radysh
Special Effects Supervisors – Marissa Masella
Paul Mafuz
Special Effects Coordinator – Josh Potter
Special Effects Makeup – Jessica Jacobs, Fawn Doherty
Special Effects Assistants – Nicolle Clavell, Zac Amato, Melissa Vento
Production Manager – Nick Esposito
Production Coordinator -Julia Saunders
Stills Photographer – Joey Mas
Behind the Scenes Feature – Joe Frantz
Production Assistants – Christian Arney, Max Ferver, Anthony Zagarella, Sean Coia, Joe Zang, Nick Hastis, Joe Reidl

Editors – Doug Sakmann, Nick Esposito
Sound Design – Anthony Zagarella, Doug Sakmann
Digital Effects – Nick Esposito
Color Correction – Nick Hastis, Joe Reidl
Post Production Supervisor – Nick Esposito
Behind the Scenes Editing – Joe Frantz, Joe Reidl

Original Score by Mr. 19 AKA Cleric

Bus Crash Footage Courtesy of Troma Entertainment from “The Toxic Avenger Part 3”

Special Thanks
The Philadelphia School District, John Kent, The Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Frankford High School, Kampus Klothes,, Lloyd Kaufman and Troma Entertainment, Ryan Brown, Jack Creighton, Joe Shields, Kerrie, Amy and Simon and Schuster, Halloween Adventure, Steve and Liberti Church

Play Dead: The Novel Released Today!

May 4, 2010 by  
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Play Dead:The Novel by Ryan Brown comes out nationwide today, May 4th! Go buy it!!

Check out the promotional trailer that Michael Brown’s (Ryan’s Dad) production company made for the book!

Also here is an interview with author Ryan Brown, we’ll have more with him soon too!

Play Dead Trailer coming next week! Sneak preview this Sunday!

April 30, 2010 by  
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That’s right, the Play Dead trailer will go online next week in conjunction with the release of Ryan Brown’s book ‘Play Dead’ on May 4th! Before that, this Sunday, May 2nd, Backseat Conceptions is hosting a sneak preview of ‘Play Dead’ at PYT Philly! We’ll be showing both the mainstream and “Redband” cuts of the Play Dead trailer!

It all goes down around 9:30pm at PYT Bar and Restaurant in the Piazza at Schmidts, (1050 N Hancock St, Philadelphia PA 19123) in Northern Liberties.

The Play Dead cast and crew will be in attendance and there will be Karaoke! Rock the world with Sing Your Life Karaoke 90’s Edition with Sara Sherr!

Be a part of the big game – Sat April 10th in Philly!

April 3, 2010 by  
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That’s right, you too can be a part of zombie movie history! Come to the Big Game next Saturday, April 10th! Watch a zombie football game AND appear in a movie at the same time! It’s the Killington Jackrabbits vs. the Elmwood Badgers in a fight to the death!


Email CASTING@BACKSEATCONCEPTIONS.COM for the location and time. There are still a few football player and cheerleader roles available, contact with headshot if interested in these roles.

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.