Check out Doug Sakmann’s new Special Effects demo reel featuring some of his goriest work from the last 15 years! Sakmann is now available for bookings by emailing

Backseat Conceptions‘ in-house Special FX guru Doug Sakmann has been providing SPFX makeup and practical FX for productions of all sizes for the past 15 years. Whether he is personally creating and executing everything himself or coordinating an extensive team for bigger projects and live events, Sakmann knows what it takes to make horrific things look great. Doug has created and coordinated FX for over 30 feature films, many music videos, shorts, TV shows as well other productions and live events.

Even if you already have FX artists working, Sakmann has the experience in FX coordination to keep your project on track and on budget. Whether it’s a bigger production with hundreds of individual FX, a mix of Special FX and Visual FX or multiple teams working on different sections of your project, Sakmann has the skills to make everything work together and run seamlessly.

In 2007 Sakmann created the NYC Zombie Crawl, working to make the zombie experience as genuine as possible through the combination of horrifying SFX make-up and organized zombie events that unite brain-eaters from near and far. Initially started as a side project to hone his SPFX skills, the NYC Zombie Crawl took on a life of it’s own. Since it’s inception, Sakmann and his zombie crew have provided make-up and coordinated events for movie, book and video game releases, national touring acts, film productions, and many organized events including semi-annual massive zombie crawls through the wild streets of NYC every May and October. Sakmann’s team has worked extensively in the business of transforming average humans into the living dead, having provided Zombie make-up for such clients as the AMC, The Walking Dead, Tribeca Film Festival, NYC Comic Con, The Today Show, NBC, Sony Pictures, Bravo TV, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Putnam Publishing to name a few. You can see photos, videos and find out about the latest events at

Check out the playlist of some trailers featuring Doug’s work as well as portfolio photos below:

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