Back in June I wrote about The Deadersons, a locally produced YouTube series. True to their word, executive producers Kris Williamson and Wyatt Elliot have posted a new 30-minute episode each month, and the show’s seventh episode — a Christmas show — will be online Sunday, December 6.
To celebrate the success of Rockford’s own internet sitcom, there will be a special “Undead for the Holidays” binge-watching party Sunday, November 29 starting at 4 p.m. at Kryptonite. Cast and crew will attend the event, which is open to the public. There will be a Q&A session, local artist Kyle McDonald will create a speed painting to be raffled off, and live music will be provided by Sunspot, the band that wrote and performs the show’s end-credit theme song, “I Was a Teenage Zombie.”
“We’re showing all six current episodes to get everyone ready for the big Christmas episode, which will also be our mid-season finale,” says Elliot, whose company, Notebook Entertainment produces The Deadersons. After a brief holiday break, the show will return to its monthly schedule in February.
Elliot says the number of views keeps growing; the most recent episode racked up more than 3,000 views in less than two weeks, and the series’ YouTube page already has over 10,000 subscribers. “The views have been steadily rising and the feedback has been very positive,” Elliot says. “Several of our actors have been recognized around town.”
The Deadersons now has it’s own podcast aftershow on YouTube, Talking Deadersons, with new episodes airing a day or two after each new episode is posted.
The local response has been phenomenal.
“Kris and I couldn’t be more humbled and excited by the outpouring of support we’ve received from the local community,” Elliot says.
Captain Jack from 96.5 The Eagle has appeared as “Buddy” in a couple of episodes, and WIFR anchor Whitney Martin guest starred in the fifth episode.
“I had a great time playing the role of a reporter in The Deadersons and was honored to be included,” Martin says. “I was impressed with how professional and well executed the episode turned out with such a small staff. We have so many talented people in Rockford and I think this series reflects that.”
The hard work of the cast and crew didn’t go unnoticed. An acting novice, Martin was impressed by the editing process. “I’ve learned acting is much different than my daily job and I give so much credit to those who have mastered the craft,” she adds.
Early episodes of The Deadersons included cast members in appearing in mock commercials. Now they have actual sponsors.
“The last episode had commercials from Culture Shock, Kate’s Pie Shop, The Office Nite Club, and Platinum Innovations,” Elliot says. “We write the commercial, produce the commercial, and the commercial is in the episode you sponsor for the lifetime of the show, for one small fee. We also offer full episode sponsorship for an additional cost.”
If you’d like to audition for the show, offer a location for a future episode, or are interested in sponsorship opportunities, you can contact Williamson and Elliot at Deadersons@gmail.com.
People at the November 29 event can even start their holiday shopping at the same time. Official Deadersons merchandise will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to straight into the production budget. Not a bad way to get into the spirit of the season.
You can find all episodes of The Deadersons on Notebook Entertainment’s You Tube page: youtube.com/user/NotebookMovies