From Carrie to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, monsters and high school have gone together like, well … Frankenstein and Dracula. It can be scary stuff.
As part of a class project, students at GPISD’s Dubiski Career High School played with the idea of what would happen if there was a monster lurking on their campus. That project grew into something much more. As in, feature-length more.
In the 2018-2019 school year, Dubiski Career High School instructors Tyler Case and Brian Blosser took a short-film project and turned it into a full-blown movie-making adventure.
The film, titled “Tardy Terror,” had a budget of $3,000 (with $2,500 of that donated) and ended up taking 65 days to shoot. That didn’t involve editing, post-production, or a worldwide pandemic that slowed – but didn’t stop – the project.
The cast is almost exclusively students though some professional actors, previously brought in to speak to and mentor students, ended up being part of the film as well. Several teachers were also involved as were a number of extras and even some parents. Though most of the film was shot on the Dubiski campus, the crew also used Main Event in Grand Prairie, Hangman’s House of Horrors, and the Gopher-Warrior Bowl. Costumes were made by Midnight Studio Effects and the school’s Architecture pathway even built some of the sets.
The students, and the school, hosted a limited, invitation-only, masked and socially distant premiere at the Studio Movie Grill in the Arlington Highlands on Thursday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m. On Halloween, they had a 24-hour showing of the movie on YouTube.
Their goals are to submit their work to film festivals, get it on Amazon Prime and Vudu, and ultimately market it for sale with money going directly back into the program so other students may have the same opportunity.
For a look at the film, here are some previews of “Tardy Terror”: