DEAD is the second feature from writer, director, producer and lead actor Hayden J. Weal, following the success of indie hit Chronesthesia (2016) which debuted at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2016. Weal co-wrote DEAD with lead actor Thomas Sainsbury who has amassed a 150,000+ social media following through his popular Snapchat impersonation videos on Facebook.
DEAD is the first feature film for director of photography Tammy Williams (winner of the Al Guilford award for Best Emerging Cinematographer 2019), editor Kerri Roggio and producer Nicole van Heerden.
Colour grade was done by Images & Sound’s Alana Cotton (WINNER – Best Post Production Design (Colourist) 2018 New Zealand Television Awards) and sound design by Underground Sound in Wellington (Best Sound Design for Chronesthesia at the NZ Film Awards (Moas) in 2016).
DEAD also features incredible music composed by Tom McLeod (APRA Silver Scrolls winner 2016), Jimmy Urine (frontman of New York punk band Mindless Self Indulgence) and William Philipson.