Practical and Special Effect Services

We are the go-to company for practical and special effects under the coordination of our in-house FX guru Doug Sakmann we can provide the following services and more:

Rain Towers and Environmental Practical FX

Producers tend to shy away from shooting scenes in the rain, sleet or snow due to the additional costs and staffing needed to create environmental FX artificially. However, trying to add them in Post-production can cost twice as much and will never look as good as the real thing. Continue reading “Rain Towers and Environmental Practical FX”

Custom FX Knife and Weapon Fabrication

If you are shooting any kind of project which requires a knife or weapon being used in any type of stunt capacity, you always want to have an actor safe FX version that will not harm them in anyway. Backseat’s Doug Sakmann specializes in being able to duplicate (or create from scratch) any kind of weapon you can imagine. The weapons can also be cast in any type of durable material (foam, urethane, soft or rigid plastic and more). This enables film crews to have multiple versions that are camera and actor safe but also look and feel the same as a real weapon on camera, as well as FX versions that can be retractable, incorporate spraying blood FX and more. Continue reading “Custom FX Knife and Weapon Fabrication”

Producer Bio: Doug Sakmann

Director, Producer, Special Effects Icon, Production Designer, Locations Manager, Press Relations / Marketing

Doug is known for accomplishing what could not be done using his extensive knowledge of the industry and bench of skilled contacts including hundreds of special effects make-up artists nationwide. He often can be found coordinating multiple departments on a production to help them operate at maximum efficiency and is known for producing and directing fun, exciting projects. As a partner of Backseat Doug brings his boundless energy and contagious good will to everything he works on.

His 20+ year experience in genre film making translates not just to technical knowledge but also a deep understanding of distribution, marketing and promotions.  It is not uncommon for Doug to be brought onto a project as a crew member and get promoted to a producer because of his incredible value and skills.  Continue reading “Producer Bio: Doug Sakmann”