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).
“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.”
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.
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!
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!
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…
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.
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.