About The Film

Dead Weight is an independent film produced in central Wisconsin throughout the course of 2011, and released in March 2012. It tells the story of Charlie Russell, traveling the wilderness in the wake of an apocalyptic viral outbreak, in search of his girlfriend, Samantha. As his journey brings him closer to his destination of Wausau, WI, he must face physical exhaustion, malicious survivors, and perhaps most menacing, his own emotional burdens. With his newfound traveling companions Charlie must attempt to find attempt to break his obsessions with the past. He must learn to let it go.

Friday, April 15, 2011


Here I sit, about 40 hours until we get the cameras rolling... and it sucks. I hate waiting, knowing we are this close and we still have a day and a half, ugh.

Adam is on his way to Milwaukee to meet with our extremely talented director of photography, Travis Auclair, and pick up all our camera and lighting gear. Aaron Christensen (playing Thomas), Michelle Courvais (playing Meredith) and one of our producers, Dan Kiggins, will board their train from Chicago in 30 minutes, while Joe Belknap and Jess Ader (playing Drew) await their arrival in Milwaukee, and then the whole gang comes up to Oshkosh. Sam Lenz (playing Dustin) has a show with his band tonight, so he will be joining us Saturday morning. Tomorrow we start full rehearsals, and I will be prepping a location with a very talented and great friend, Ben Larson, who made us some really awesome corpses. And yet, here I am. Waiting.

It's been a long time coming, almost two years for us to get to this point. This next day and a half is going to be the longest part. I shouldn't even complain, I should feel lucky to have this time to get even more prepared... but I just want to film. Soon enough, soon enough.

Assembling the majority of the main cast tonight will be so exciting, and I know the laughs are going to start in right away. Be sure to keep posted for all sorts of updates, photos, videos and other goodies from production. We are in the thick of it, and it's about time.

When we were filming Better Off Undead, Dale DeVries (who played Chris) had this saying he would constantly call out, and I can't think of a better time than now to say it: Let's cut this fucker.

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