• Project Type: Independent Short
  • Pay Status: Unpaid
  • Location: Elgin
  • Start Date: Thursday, December 27, 2018
  • Shooting Schedule: 4 Days
  • Wrap Date: Sunday, December 30, 2018

Independent Short Film CHUPACABRA Looking for Crew (in all departments) – Gas Allowance / Meals / IMDb credits.

Our Website: https://thechupacabra.wixsite.com/shortfilm
FILMING: 12/27/18-12/30/18

An exciting opportunity to work with industry professionals and recent USC graduates on an ambitious, debut short film! We’re seeking crew in all departments but are especially looking for a 1st AC, Production Designer, 1st AD, and Sound Mixer/Boom Operator.

Please submit your resumes to Monica Johnson Harris at 310-256-1655 or by e-mail below. Interviews will be held on Friday, 11/9/18 and Saturday, 11/10/18.


  • 1AD
  • 2nd AD
  • Script Supervisor
  • 1st AC
  • 2nd AC Gaffer
  • Key grip
  • Grip
  • Best Boy
  • Sound Mixer
  • Boom Operator
  • Production Design
  • Hair and Makeup
  • Wardrobe
  • Production Assistant 
  • DIT/AE

After a string of grisly livestock attacks in rural Texas, a Sheriff’s tenacious daughter is determined to find the monster responsible.

We will be shooting on location in Elgin, Texas during winter break: Thursday, December 27th-Sunday, December 30th. Students who join the project will have the opportunity to work with (and learn from) successful Hollywood filmmakers such as Joel Gretsch and Billy Webb.

Nichole DeLaura grew up in Texas where she fell in love with the savagery and magic of the land. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Southern California’s prestigious film school with a BA in directing, she returned for an MFA in screenwriting. She is the recipient of the Edward Small Writing Award and the Jones Scholarship for Women. With Chupacabra she’s been inspired by True Detective, No Country for Old Men, and Alien.

Monica Johnson Harris is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University, where she earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Film and Social Justice, graduating Cum Laude in 2013. She began her arts career as an actress at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. A recent M.F.A. graduate of the University of Southern California, she’s the recipient of the 2014-2015 Muller Family Scholarship and the Samuel & Lorenza Gary Memorial Award as well as the 2016-2017 Tania Trepanier/Joseph Drown Foundation Endowed Scholarship. Monica is passionate about creating films that are meaningful, creative and imaginative.

William Webb, ASC has thirty years of experience in the film industry and is best known for his work on NCIS, JAG, and Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July. An AFI alumnus, he’s passionate about helping the next generation of filmmakers.

Joel is a prolific film and TV actor whose notable works include The 4400, The Vampire Diaries, and Robert Redford’s The Legend of Bagger Vance. He’s also a writer and independent director whose debut feature film will be shot next year.”

Livestock keep turning up dead in a small town in rural Texas with their blood mysteriously drained. 12-year- old Ericka, the Sheriff’s tomboy daughter, is convinced that these deaths are the work of a Chupacabra—a legendary creature that’s part coyote, part vampire. Her pragmatic father, however, insists that there must be a more rational explanation. After Ericka’s dog is killed, she persuades the Sheriff to take her on a nightlong hunt to catch the creature responsible. As they track this elusive killer, they’re forced to confront a more personal loss—their recent abandonment by Ericka’s mother.

Submit resumes to: Monica.johnson.harris@gmail.com

As with any workplace, the film and television industries can present a wide range of potential occupational health and safety hazards to workers. The Texas Film Commission expects all productions, regardless of budget to employ best practices such as establishing a workplace harassment prevention policy as well as maintaining overall industry safety standards in order to encourage and accomplish safety on set. Please visit the Safety On Set page for additional industry safety resources as well as information about employee rights and laws in Texas.

Project posted October 25, 2018