SBCC film crew parodies classic horror

SBCC film crew parodies classic horror

Lis Sorensen, Channels Staff

A phenomenon of ghosts, wizards, vampires, zombies, boogiemen and other supernatural creepy crawlies has swept the country.

A group of City College students have come together to make hilariously witty short films combining them all.

Brothers Douglas and Travis Caesar along with Mack Petersen began filming short movies in Spring 2013 as mere acquaintances from school. They quickly found that their shared sense of humor made the project so enjoyable that they kept working together.

Douglas, 23, a Santa Barbara native and film production major, started “Ghost Kids” for his Film Production 101 class. He recruited his 19-year-old brother, Travis, as an actor. Soon after, Petersen was brought on as the make-up artist, but ended up acting in the movie, as well.

“One day I was hanging out with them after shooting. We were making jokes and I was like, ‘Alright I gotta go, it’s my bedtime,’ and they were like, ‘Oh yeah it’s our bed time too!’ The whole conversation just evolved into, ‘All right Team Bedtime let’s do it!’ Not even as a film thing, as a joke,” said Petersen, 19.

“But that’s really how our dynamic is as friends even when we’re filming, and that’s why we do it at all.”

While filming, they realized that all three students were brimming with interesting ideas that could be incorporated into the original story.

“Doug really wanted to expand on these two characters, Bobby and his friend Erik, who go around encountering all these different paranormal, supernatural things, but as a comedy,” Petersen said.

The three began spitballing other movie ideas involving various unearthly phenomenons that “Doctor Who” and “Supernatural” fans devour.

“Wizard Kids” involves a crafty warlock who lures unsuspecting Harry Potter fans to sign up for a fake Hogwarts to steal their souls.

Their Christmas special, “Politically Correct Kids,” has vampires pretending to be Santa Claus.

“Luau Kids” takes place in an alternate dimension beach world where an evil Hawaiian god forces everyone to rage at a torturous never-ending luau party.

Despite the plethora of movie ideas, Team Bedtime works hard to overcome the pitfalls of amateur filmmaking.

“Our scripts are really good, we just don’t really have the production capabilities for the rest,” Douglas said. “We’re doing really well with what we have. And what we have is a camera.”

Douglas is the director, with assistance from Petersen, who also plays one of the main characters alongside Travis.

“Travis pretty much taught himself how to edit and he’s been doing fantastic with that,” Douglas said.

Using San Marcos High School, the Caesar household and other public venues as sets, Team Bedtime refuses to be held back by a lack of resources.

“I feel like a lot of people would think, ‘well we don’t know what we’re doing, let’s stop!’” Douglas said. “Instead, we bought a fog machine.”

The trio has a lot of characters on paper and is excited for the opportunity to put them in the production cycle.

“Yeah, like Bucky the Vampire Slayer. He’s the type of guy who brings cookies for everyone while they’re about to go kill some vampires,” Petersen chuckled.

The team has enlisted many other City College students for Team Bedtime, including Shae Lael, Tom Chorney, Kyle Hamilton, and Jake Kriegz.

“Team Bedtime! We only care about two things: dental hygiene and getting to bed on time!” Petersen said.

The blossoming filmmakers plan on making a short movie starring Bobby and Erik advertising their ghost hunting business.

Spoiler Alert: There’s a typo on the flyer and chaos ensues.