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.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Note: This is easily the shortest blog post we've ever done. Hooray!!! I think?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
|Carrying an Other kind of Dead Weight at HorrorHound.|
|Stangaar has a new buddy, the Best Editing award.|
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Things start this Friday, Nov. 2 at the Central Wisconsin Film Festival. Adam and I will both be attending, and fielding a Q&A after. Screening starts at 7pm with five short films screening before Dead Weight.
On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Drunken Zombie Film Festival in Peoria, IL will be screening Dead Weight at 2pm. Sadly, we will not be in attendance for this one, but our great friends, Steve and Kevin of Slasher Studios, will be there for their riot of a short, Teddy (screening on Friday at 10:30pm), so they'll be representing Wisconsin horror for all of us filmmakers.
Closing out the weekend will be our screening at the Madison Horror Film Festival, on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 5:40pm. I feel like this fest is nothing but a reunion of friends, and I am more than okay with that. At 5:50pm on Saturday is found., which screened with us at Elvira's Horror Hunt in September. It'll be great to see writer/director Scott Schirmer once again. Closing out the day is a double feature of filthy proportions, with Cory Udler's IDS Rising and Derrick Carey (Dead Weight colorist) will be representing Oshkosh's very own, Swamphead. Looking at Sunday, Slasher Studios' Teddy will be hitting the screen at 1:05pm, and Other screens immediately before us at 5:25pm. Don't be fooled, I only listed a portion of the films to be shown over the two-day fest, so do check out the link above for all the other great titles.
On a final note, we are beyond thrilled to be nominated for four different categories at the Madison Horror Film Festival: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Writer, and Best Cinematography. Many of the other nominees are friends I listed above, so I know regardless of who wins, it's going to be an excellent time. Congrats to all the films we are screening with this weekend!
Monday, October 22, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The links will shoot you directly over to each fests site for additional info. For the info that is TBA, we'll update the dates and times when we receive them.
Friday, September 28th @ 8pm
Drunken Zombie Film Festival - Peoria, IL
November 4th @ 5:40pm
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
It was on the convention floor and during late-night lobby shenanigans at a few HHWs that producer Dan Kiggins and I continued to bond over our love of horror, comics, and punk rock.
Backtrack one and a half years ago to the last HHWI, March 2011 to be exact. AC, Dan, and I were there together, just a mere few weeks before production began on Dead Weight. AC's beard was underway, Dan and I kept breaking down the script and talking logistics, and I anxiously, albeit slightly nervous, began planting the seed in the brains of my peers about this film we were about to start.
Lastly, and by no means least, it was at last year's HHWI that Nancy Cremer, who I had plenty of communications with over emails, and I met for the first time in person. Shortly after, Nancy came into the Dead Weight family as one of our executive producers.
To summarize, HHWI has played quite a role, even if indirectly, in bringing Dead Weight to the screen. Perhaps it goes without saying, but on a personal note, I am beyond thrilled to return to HorrorHound Weekend Indianapolis next week (September 7-9) with Adam, AC, and Dan, on behalf of the Dead Weight family, and so many other friends I only see once or twice a year, to screen the film on Friday night.
Indianapolis, I hope you are ready to feel the weight, because I am more than ready for you to.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Oshkosh's very own, Haunted Heads, just released a video for the opening track on their self-titled record, "36 Sharpened Saws." Fun facts time!
1. Their song, "No Sleep", can be heard playing in the background of the scene where Charlie, Samantha, and Alex have dinner.
2. Eric Van Thiel, guitarist/singer, played Samantha's co-worker, Doug.
3. EVT wears a nifty shirt in the video.
No matter where you are, support your local scene and check out the video!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
We can hardly believe the time has come to make this official announcement. This is, without a doubt, one of the most humbling pieces of news the Dead Weight family has been honored with receiving. We could not be more proud of our work together, and this achievement.
Dead Weight has been selected to screen at the Milwaukee Film Festival.
Many have been asking for a Milwaukee screening, here it is. This screening will sell out. Tons of Dead Weight cast & crew members will be there. It's going to be a once in a lifetime evening for us and, we hope, all who share it with us. Please, do whatever you can to attend. Stay tuned to Milwaukee Film for updates and schedule. We've spent months traveling around the US to take DW everywhere we can. In September, we bring it back home.
Official announcement can be found here.
September 29th. 7pm. Oriental Theater. Be there.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Don't be a stranger. Stop by the awesome section of Artist Alley (that's where we'll be) and say hi. We love high fives!
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Click the "read more" link below in order to view a bunch of fun photos.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Just like last time, doors open at 7pm, screening at 8pm. Tickets available at the door, five dollars each. Members of the cast and crew will be on hand. No one under 17 will be admitted without parental consent.
If you're on the facebook, be sure to RSVP to the event page. Tell your friends and see you soon!
Time Community Theater
445 N. Main St.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
May 5th - Free Comic Book Day
We'll be promoting the film alongside a bunch of local and super talented artists. Plus, you can get free comic books! Runs all day from 11am-9pm!
House of Heroes
407 N. Main St.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
May 19th - The Heart of Darkness
Another instance where we'll be surrounded by incredibly talented local artists as we promote the film
from. The Heart of Darkness is a dark art collective of six artists from Wisconsin unveiling their first
215 E. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911
May 31 - June 3 - Philadelphia Comic Con
We'll be in Artist Alley, come find us!!!
June 9th - Screening at the Time Community Theater in Oshkosh
Doors at 7pm, screening at 8pm. Tickets available at the door, five dollars each. Members of the cast and crew will be on hand. No one under 17 will be admitted without parental consent.
June 10th - Screening at the Broom Street Theater in Madison
Starts at 7pm, is free, and has limited sitting so get there early.
June 29 - July 1 - Fright Night Horror Weekend Louisville, KY
July 6 - 8 - Days of the Dead Indianapolis, IN
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Here's the write up:
Orders are scheduled to ship out from Head Trauma Productions HQ on or around Friday, April 6th. If you are planning to attend the premiere then please do NOT purchase a copy of the DVD online as online pre-orders can NOT be picked up at the premiere screenings this weekend. They can only be shipped!
Currently we are only offering US shipping, but we will be ironing out International shipping next week after we get our heads back on straight. The Fog will be thick this weekend, the weight will be immense.
You have a couple options for ordering. You can order the regular edition two-disc DVD, or Tony Moore artwork edition. They have the same content, the only difference is one has Tony Moore's unbelievable artwork printed on a slipcase that goes over the DVD case. On top of that you can order your choice of DVD alongside a Dead Weight shirt (women's sizes available), and your choice of poster, at a discounted price. Oh yes, did we mention we got new posters with the art from the DVD cover? We didn't? Consider yourselves informed, friends!
We are exploding with energy. Life couldn't be more surreal right now. Many thanks to all of the folks who interviewed us this week for helping to keep that flow of energy constant and intense.
Here are some photos of things you should buy. You can buy them online here: http://headtraumaproductions.bigcartel.com/
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Check out the video and online article here:
Many thanks to the crew at WLUK for having us on! Much appreciated!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Find out more about the Chicago Fear Fest, including lineup, at http://chicagofearfest.com/
Monday, March 12, 2012
Adam here. Just want to take a moment to keep you posted on things on our end. We've been working furiously to get everything finished up for the DVD release of Dead Weight so we can have discs to sell at the public premiere the end of this month. As of Sunday evening the only remaining puzzle piece was the second disc. All artwork, and disc one master, have already been sent off for duplication. John and Adam reviewed the components for disc 2, John has been working overnight to make minor changes and author the dvd, and we're shipping it off Monday evening at 6pm via next day air to the manufacturer.
As soon as we both get a little sleep we will be setting up pre-orders for the double DVD release. Folks may be wondering, what exactly will be included in this package and why the hell has it taken so much work to get it finished? Good question. Now here's a good answer…
Feature Film (runtime, 89 minutes)
Actor and Director Commentaries (three commentary tracks, all run throughout the entire film)
Outtakes (runtime, 12 minutes)
Photo Gallery (160 images personally selected by the filmmakers)
English, Spanish, and French subtitles.
685 Miles To Wausau: The Making of Dead Weight (runtime, 105 minutes)
Stories From Production (runtime, 45 minutes)
Extended Scenes (three scenes, roughly 12 minutes of cut footage)
"Why'd You Jump Out of the God Damn Bushes?!" featurette (runtime, 4 minutes)
WTDT 19 News Broadcast (runtime, 6 minutes)
There you have it, that's what has taken us so long. As you can see we have packed the DVD release FULL of bonus features. Stories Form Production & 685 Miles To Wausau both feature numerous interviews with cast and crew, alongside some other juicy goodies we cut in, just for the fans that want to know everything. This includes tons of behind the scenes camera footage and images of early Dead Weight plot and writing notes.
You will not be disappointed, dearest friends. Worth your hard earned and hard saved pennies, most assuredly.
Pre-orders are coming by the end of the week and will be posted at http://headtraumaproductions.bigcartel.com/ . We're hoping to include a poster + tshirt package option as well. If you're lucky we just might have a new shirt/poster design in that package, too!
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Did we forget to mention that 685 Miles is going to be three to four hours long?
See, now you understand why we need to release this as a two-disc set. The reason I say three to four hours is because I am still editing it, and will be until the last minute (our deadline to send out the DVD masters is fast approaching). Three to four hours, is that even necessary?! In our eyes, yes. It's important for us to let everyone know what this journey has been like. Not just for Adam and myself, either. There's a reason we sat down with the many members of the cast and crew, because this film is as much theirs at it is ours. Dead Weight began as an idea between two people, and as we near the official release, has blossomed into a project that took the involvement of many to bring to life. We owe it to all those who sacrificed time, talent, effort, sweat, blood, and sleep (just to name a few), and got behind this project from day one, to let their voices be heard.
As you are (hopefully) aware of, Adam and I wanted to make Dead Weight as much of an inclusive project as we possibly could. We've opened up ourselves and the film so you could follow us every step of the way. 685 Miles will now take that to a whole other level. For many of us involved, Dead Weight changed our lives. Sadly, unless you were on set, you will never fully grasp this notion. However, we hope that you'll get a better understanding of it from the 17+ hours of interviews, 5+ hours of behind the scenes footage, and photos… All coming together in a three to four hour making of.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
|Lora may say she hates zombies, but she didn't have a problem dressing up for the Zombie Walk|
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The time has come, dear friends, to finally release Dead Weight to the world. This is a day that sometimes seemed would never arrive, but here we find ourselves. Not much else in life could bring us greater joy than to finally share this film with you.
For date, ticket info, and the rest of the formal press release information, including details on the DVD release that will be available at the premiere, hit the "read more" link below the trailer to view the entire blog post. We can't wait to see you there.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The amount of work we have put in over the last two months can hardly be measured by any reasonable scale. I wish we could put into reference all of the feelings John and I have experienced recently, it's nearly an impossible task. But you can bet your ass that I'm going to try anyway! So, without further ramblings of the caffeine-induced variety, I present you with the shoddily constructed and relatively inaccurate Dead Weight progress report, 2012 edition! Tons of words, photos, and maybe some videos after the break...
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