Play Dead at NYC Zombie Crawl

June 4, 2010 by  
Filed under NYC Zombie Crawl, Photos

Check out a few pictures from the Ryan Brown meet and greet and Play Dead book signing at the Knitting Factory during the NYC Zombie Crawl on May 30th! The stars of the Play Dead trailer Brandon Jones and Kate Boyer were on hand as well as director Doug Sakmann, stunt coordinator Tim Cronin and many zombies! We’ll have an official wrap up with more pics and video soon! You can see more photos from the event on Time Out NY too!

Author Ryan Brown talks about Play Dead: The Movie

May 13, 2010 by  
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Play Dead author Ryan Brown discusses his novel Play Dead and how he came to be involved with Doug Sakmann and Backseat Conceptions. Also, Ryan’s son Raff talks about his involvement with the book. Interview excerpt from the upcoming reality feature directed and produced by Joe Frantz (MTV’s Jackass, Viva La Bam, Bam’s Unholy Union).

A present from Ryan’s son Raff;

Play Dead at NYC Zombie Crawl on May 30th!

May 12, 2010 by  
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**UPDATES
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 www.nyczombiecrawl.com 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!!

CAST
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

Post-Production
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, Namifiers.com, 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 Trailer on Fangoria!

May 7, 2010 by  
Filed under First look on Fangoria!, Press

Check it out, the exclusive first look at the Play Dead trailer on Fangoria.com!

“We first told you here about the translation of Ryan Brown’s new zombie-football novel PLAY DEAD to the screen, and now we’ve got the first look at the trailer.

Directed by Doug Sakmann, the preview “is just a taste of what’s to come for PLAY DEAD,” he says. “We will be releasing a more extreme red-band trailer in conjunction with the NYC Zombie Crawl event Sunday, May 30 in Brooklyn. That will premiere at the Crawl after-party at the new Knitting Factory in Williamsburg. We’ll have Ryan Brown on hand for a meet-and-greet and to sign books, and before the screening we’ll do a Q&A with myself, Ryan and the cast and crew of PLAY DEAD: THE MOVIE. Also, Joe Frantz of MTV’s JACKASS and VIVA LA BAM has put together an amazing behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the project, which will also be released in the next few weeks.”

All this is prelude for what Sakmann hopes will eventually be a full-length PLAY DEAD movie. “We always have a lot of fun with zombies, and Ryan’s book has given us so much great material to work with. It would be a pleasure to be able to bring the full story of PLAY DEAD to the big screen!”

The aforementioned Zombie Crawl starts at The Charleston, 174 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, with the ghouls assembling at 3 p.m. and then heading up at 5 p.m. to the first stop: McCarren Park and Bedford and North 12th for a zombie football game, blood fights, a human tug of war with Disgraceland Hook Squad and more. “We’re looking for some varsity zombies to join us!” Sakmann says. “All zombies are welcome, but we’re going to be playing some undead, football so zombie cheerleaders and jocks are encouraged to join in!”

From there, the Crawl “will be heading over to the Knitting Factory [361 Metropolitan Avenue] for a free meet-and-greet with PLAY DEAD author Ryan Brown and the cast and crew of the movie from 7-8 p.m. After that, the main party is $10 and includes the showing of the red-band trailer, other screenings and, after 10 p.m., a zombie dance party with DJs, zombie go-go dancers, a hot zombie contest, live music and more madness to be announced!” For more info on PLAY DEAD, check out its official website.

Feature on Fangoria

May 4, 2010 by  
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Check out the feature write up over at Fangoria.com about Play Dead! Also don’t forget Play Dead:The Novel by Ryan Brown is now available everywhere!

“The gridiron gets gory in PLAY DEAD, a new novel by Ryan Brown that’s also being brought to the screen by Backseat Conceptions. Fango got some exclusive behind-the-scenes video (see it below) along with details on the project—including one facet that’s already been controversial.

Real meat and guts were incorporated into the makeup FX—which elicited an angry post over at the Vegetarian Star website, which complained, “Completely disgusting and uncalled for, especially considering how easy it is to make fake flesh props for the screen.” Sakmann’s response: “They don’t know how much it costs to make fake parts. If they want to pay for them, by all means I’ll use them, but until then I’ll just go to the Asian market and buy them for $3. I think it looks better anyway. It’s not like I killed anything to make the movie; they were already dead!” In the clip below, Sakmann demonstrates just how to make some tasty guts with easily purchased supermarket items.”

Play Dead: The Novel Released Today!

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  
Filed under News, Play Dead Trailer premiere!

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!

Brains, Brains, Brains article!

April 27, 2010 by  
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Click here to check out the feature on Play Dead on the zombie website Brains, Brains, Brains!

When Friday Night Lights Meets Zombies you Get “Play Dead”

Up and coming indie horror/thriller/comedy in the spirit of Friday Night Lights and Shaun of the Dead entitled Play Dead. Looks like a blast check out their main site  for more behind the scene videos and Pics. We don’t have too much to wait for Play Dead it’s slated for release May 4th.

You can also see the 1st look at Play Dead SPFX and the Cheerleader Tryouts on the Brains, Brains, Brains site as well!

SPFX Pt 2 – Headless Zombie

April 26, 2010 by  
Filed under SPFX, SPFX Pt 2 - Headless zombie

In the Behind-the-scenes of Play Dead, Director Doug Sakmann discusses the shots and setups with Stunt coordinator Tim Cronin, Director of Photography Jarred Alterman and Assistant Director Evan Meszaros. Sakmann also works with his SPFX team to set up and create a zombie footballer getting tackled so hard his head flies off!

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