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Tom Holland's 5 or Die

Three friends get caught in the middle of deadly chain email

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WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAD ONLY 5 MINUTES TO LIVE?

The terror starts when Jaime (Brandon Fobbs, The Wire) gets a panicked video from his best buddy, Freddie (James Snyder, Broadway's Crybaby), about an insane chain letter that was e-mailed to him...It is a snuff video that warns the recipient that they have 5 minutes to pass it on or they will die.

As Jamie watches, a figure in black breaks into Freddie's room. His face is hidden but not the machete-sized knife he carries in his hand. Before Freddie can react, the figure slits his throat. A horrified Jamie watches helplessly as the figure leaves, his dead friend Freddie laying sprawled across his desk.

Before he can move, a new message appears on his screen. It is Amelia (Madeline Zima, Californication), their mutual friend. She's gotten the same message and seen the same murder. She is just as terrified and confused as Jaime, but it's nothing compared to what they feel when a time clock appears on their screens. It says they have five minutes to pass it on...the clock already ticking down.

They stare at each other through their webcams, trying to figure out how to save their lives as the seconds rush past.

Also starring Kevin Daniels (Ladder 49, Their Eyes Were Watching God).

Tom Holland

Tom Holland

Writer
Director

Tom Holland

  Writer  Director

Dennis DeFrehn

Dennis DeFrehn

Producer

Dennis DeFrehn

  Producer

Kevin Daniels

Kevin Daniels

"Shadow Man"

Kevin Daniels

  "Shadow Man"

Brandon Fobbs

Brandon Fobbs

"Jaime"

Brandon Fobbs

  "Jaime"

Brandon Fobbs began his acting career on stage at Hampton University. He had two great acting achievements while attending the HBCU.  One was his tri-city nomination for best actor in a drama in PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE for his performance as Dracula in the stage play DRACULA.  His other achievement was landing a role in an AIDS prevention film shot overseas in Tanzania.  Upon his graduation from Hampton, with the exception of a little life in between, Brandon was cast as the recurring Lazy eyed thug named Fruit for seasons 3 & 4 of HBO’s hit show THE WIRE.  From there his later roles would include a variety of diverse characters.  On TV Brandon has played a disgruntled bike messenger on Without A Trace, a physical therapist on CBS’s hit show BROTHERS AND SISTERS and many more. He starred in the movie PRIDE with Famed actors, Terrance Howard and Bernie Mac. His other films included ICE 44, 1968 TUNNEL RATS and THIS CHRISTMAS.

James Snyder

James Snyder

"Freddie"

James Snyder

  "Freddie"

James Snyder made his Broadway debut in the spring of 2008 creating the title role in the musical “Crybaby” based on the John Waters’ film of the same name, following the world premiere engagement at La Jolla Playhouse in the fall of 2007.  To follow, he will be playing the role of Bye Bye Birdie’s Conrad Birdie in the Kennedy Center’s Broadway: Three Generations performances in October 2008.

Other stage credits include the Los Angeles productions of “Rock Of Ages” (also Las Vegas) and “Happy Days,” “The Fantasticks” at Sacramento Music Theater, “Hamlet,” “Ray Bradbury’s Let’s All Kill Constance,” “Sneaux,” “Plop” and “Oklahoma.” In addition, he played Luke Skywalker in the critically acclaimed production “Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes” in Los Angeles, Paris and Scotland.

Film credits include “An American in China,” “Anderson’s Cross,” “Shuttle,” “She’s The Man” and “Pretty Persuasion,” which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. He has also lent his voice to the animated films “Tuck Everlasting” and “Darby O’Gill.”

Television credits include “Eli Stone”, “Without A Trace,” “Cold Case,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Married to the Kellys,” “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody” and “Related.”

His first solo album will be released this fall and he can be heard on the studio cast recording of the musical “Bare”, also being released this fall.    

He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Southern California.

Madeline Zima

Madeline Zima

"Amelia"

Madeline Zima

  "Amelia"

Vincent Guastini

Vincent Guastini

Visual Effects

Vincent Guastini

  Visual Effects

Paul Maibaum

Paul Maibaum

Cinematographer

Paul Maibaum

  Cinematographer

Paul Maibaum is the younger son of screenwriter Richard Maibaum (writer of 13 James Bond screenplays). He graduated from USC School of Cinema (B.A.). Upon graduation he immediately found work as a film loader working for Director of Photography Michael P. Joyce at his company Filmart. He stayed at Filmart working with other aspiring cameramen, Bob Hayes and Julio Macat, both of whom have gone on to successful careers as Directors of Photography. Paul ultimately left Filmart becoming a freelance 1st Assistant Cameraman, then moving up to Camera Operator working with Cinematographers Woody Omens, ASC and Dean Semler, ASC, ACS among others. In 1991 he was made a Director of Photography on the stylish TV series, "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" on Fox.

Paul’s recent credits include the TBS comedy hit, “MY BOYS” and the first season of the successful ABC series “SAMANTHA WHO”. 


Paul is currently working as the Director of Photography on the new FX Series “SONS OF ANARCHY”.

Fabio Jafet

Fabio Jafet

Editor
Graphics

Fabio Jafet

  Editor  Graphics

Fabio Jafet is an Emmy Award-winning Director/Producer based in New York City. Jafet is a winner of 9 regional Emmy Awards in the news producing, editing and camera categories.

He has won Emmys on projects ranging from the rock band KISS, where he captured the last two performances with the original line-up to a heart-wrenching documentary on Afghanistan to a story about Americans being kidnapped in Latin America.

He recently completed directing the critically acclaimed full-length feature Waking Up Dead: a documentary that exposes the true story of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. Demolition Records/MVD released the film this past June 2007.

Fabio has directed music videos and EPK’s for Magna-Fi, Skid Row, Temple Of Brutality, Deep Blue Something, John Price, Chomsky, Billy Miles, Caviar and The Toadies.  In August of 2003, his DVD on Skid Row titled ‘Under The Skin’ was released worldwide and was voted top-ten music DVD on several music websites/magazines.  His EPK work can be seen in over a dozen CD’s released over the past few years.

In 2003, he served as Producer for the CBS’s Latin Grammy Pre-Show and then took on the role as Director Of Photography for the Britney Spears based reality show pilot, On-Tourage.  In 2001, Fabio executive produced and directed UPN’s 2001 Source Awards Pre-Show.

In addition to his entertainment accomplishments, Fabio is a twelve-year veteran of the television news business beginning as a news photographer in Yuma, Arizona.  He moved to Florida in 1992 and began working at nationally known WSVN and NBC owned and operated WTVJ.  His last position held in TV news was the Director of Special Projects and News Programming for the CBS owned station WFOR-TV where the station finished number one at 5pm and 11pm during his first ratings book.  Prior to that position, Fabio held the title of Chief Photographer.  He was part of a management team that took the station from fifth to first in the ratings in just two years time.  Under his tenure his photography staff won an unprecedented record 50 plus Emmy awards.

Fabio has traveled extensively domestically and internationally covering both life-changing news and exciting sports events.  He has been to Cuba nine times including the 1998 Papal Visit, to Israel for the Yitzhak Rabin Assassination, Oklahoma City Bombing, 1996 Olympics, the OJ Simpson Trial, 1994 Northridge Earthquake and Hurricanes Andrew, Emily and Erin.  Fabio has also traveled to Mexico, Australia, Canada and the Bahamas for various news events.  Fabio has also covered just about every major sporting event from the Super Bowl to the World Series.

Fabio has also edited a few documentary features; most notably, Fatboy and Facing The Habit, both are winners of several domestic film festivals.

Currently Jafet is working alongside writer/director Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Fright Night, Psycho 2) on a series of projects, most notable the horror series titled 5 or Die and the drama ‘Driven’.

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Kari Peyton

Kari Peyton

Casting

Kari Peyton

  Casting

Ken Kemp

Ken Kemp

Associate Producer

Ken Kemp

  Associate Producer

Dave Gasperik

Dave Gasperik

Camera Operator

Dave Gasperik

  Camera Operator

Douglas Adams Jr.

Douglas Adams Jr.

Camera Operator

Douglas Adams Jr.

  Camera Operator

Member of Local 600 since 1983. I built my first camera in 1971 following in the footsteps of my father.

I embrace the future of the business as I did when I first joined in. I didn't know where I was going then and that is what kept me coming back so what makes these times any different!

Rob Dobbs

Rob Dobbs

Production Designer
Props

Rob Dobbs

  Production Designer  Props

Jeff Scott

Jeff Scott

Stunt Coordinator

Jeff Scott

  Stunt Coordinator

Blake Rizk

Blake Rizk

Gaffer

Blake Rizk

  Gaffer

Dyron Pacheco

Dyron Pacheco

Camera Assistant

Dyron Pacheco

  Camera Assistant

Lex Rawlins

Lex Rawlins

Camera Assistant

Lex Rawlins

  Camera Assistant

Jennifer Soulages

Jennifer Soulages

Costume Designer

Jennifer Soulages

  Costume Designer

While enjoying a successful design career in film and television, Jennifer is thrilled to collaborate with the creators of Strike TV. A graduate of UCLA's  Theater Dept., Jennifer draws upon her love of creating characters through color and texture as seen in Chuck Rose's “Side Effects” and Peter Hyoguchi's “Me First”. Jennifer's experience with stunts, practical effects and special effects make-up enabled her to create a new standard of horror-inspired action, filmed entirely in daylight, for Tom Holland's “Five or Die”.

Character development and technical knowledge are the main components of all Jennifer's work, including: “SAW”, “Veronica Mars”, “Killer Pad”, “House of the Dead 2”, “The Fallen Ones”, and most recently, Frank Mancuso Jr.'s remake of his 1986 horror film, “April Fool's Day”.

Brian Scott O'Malley

Brian Scott O'Malley

Graphics

Brian Scott O'Malley

  Graphics

Christine George

Christine George

Hair and Make Up

Christine George

  Hair and Make Up

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thumbnailTom Holland and Dennis DeFrehn

Can you speak to the familial environment you had with your actors?

thumbnailTom Holland

How did you use the web aesthetic for 5 or Die?
Describe the generational divide between Hollywood and the online world?
How has new technology changed the landscape of production?
Patrick Francis

Patrick Francis recently completed a feature documentary on the maverick film director, Andre deToth. Andre deToth: The Director's Director probes the connection between deToth's wild life (his escape from Nazi-occupied Poland, the devastating collapse of his marriage to Veronica Lake, his resilience after breaking his neck three times) and his extraordinary cinematic achievements (A-pictures, B-pictures, noirs, westerns, war films, and the 3-D classic, House of Wax). A collaborative effort shot over the last years of deToth's life, the film is an intimate portrayal and highly personal exploration of a man who truly lived life on his own terms. Directors Quentin Tarantino, Nicolas Roeg, Richard Donner, and Bertrand Tavernier also pay tribute to this largely underappreciated artist.

For the video-based website, Interviewing Hollywood, Mr. Francis has produced and edited over 30 hours of content, and conducted in-depth, career-focused Q&A's with Crispin Glover, Elliott Gould, Peter Bogdanovich, and many others. He's also written several screenplays for hire (which hopefully will never be produced) as well as film-related journalism for such publications as L.A. Weekly and MovieMaker Magazine, among others.

It should be noted that Mr. Francis is obsessed with the cinema of Werner Herzog, is an L.A. native, and is the proud owner of a barrel of single malt Scotch whiskey, which is aging quietly in the briny sea air of southern Scotland.

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Production Notes

Special Thanks
Peter Hyogouchi
Everyone at StrikeTV
 

Comments (46)

Billperron (28th January 2009)
Just showed this to the little woman and she freaked out, great job!!!!

Billperron (28th January 2009)
WOW!!! Personally I love these kind of things, there is definitely a market for sickos like myself who can't get enough of blood and gore. This is not about acting, it is about suspense and violence. LOVED IT !!!

gee man (12th April 9386)
Sorry...no dice, dude. This is some seriously bad acting. I mean, I understand acting is notoriously bad in this genre anyway...BUTTTT...come on! This makes the actors in Chainsaw look like Olivier.

WildZero (12th April 4463)
I'm sorry, but the hammering scene was awesome. FUN.

HorrorWeb (12th April 5505)
Very interesting idea and show. PLease contact me, I would love to talk about this on my site.

JimmyZ

protoplasma (19th November 2008)
Oh, as for my opinion about 5 or Die: I really liked it. It's well made and I like that it is so intensive. The killer is interesting because he appears to be a ghost and still has a solid body. I hope we will find out who he is eventually. Can't wait for episode 2!

bluestarlit (17th November 2008)
so whats this guys deal and it seems to me he can be maimed cuz he looks like he got in a fight with a vat of acid and lost but bullits and a hammer don't leave a mark?Also what does he have against net surfers? I mean usually there is a reason they pick a victim. This could be real cool idea but not really scarey enough and not really gorey enough maybe if the killer has an interesting and plausible backstory that might help nice effort though

Tomholland (15th November 2008)
thanks, Ghost. Now that's what I call a compliment...T

ghostcar (14th November 2008)
That was cool !
I couldn't not watch- nice work

ddefrehn (6th November 2008)
Thanks for the input Kermet! In future episodes, we're definately going to tackle some of those issues...leaving the room...turning off the computer... Everybody will learn a bit more about the myth behind the Burned Man.

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