The Chebo

Los Angeles, California | Film Short

Comedy, Horror

Ryan McDuffie

2 Campaigns | California, United States

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Moving in with a significant other comes with many challenges. In Bill's case, living with Lisa means sharing the space with her gleeful helper-creature, Doofles. Spoofing friendly-monster creature features from the '80s/'90s, "The Chebo" explores our bizarre relationship with pets in today's world.

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Synopsis: After learning his girlfriend has a helper-pet that's been doing the chores, Bill suspects this "chebo" is up to something more devious than just a little housekeeping.


The Chebo is a darkly irreverent, sendup/sort-of-spoof of family creature features of yore (the 1980's and 90’s). There's Gremlins, starring our famous furry buddy, Gizmo; but the ones I’m more referring to are ones that are more family-friendly:

As a kid of the generation who was the target audience for these movies, part of that experience was accepting them at face value. But what would the not-accepting-at-face-value version of these stories look like?

The Chebo has its leg in the same pool as these films, but stands alone as a modern-day re-contextualization of these styles.

Taking that a little farther, while there's a genuine, idealistic and light-hearted innocence in these family films, The Chebo gets a little twisted. I think it's fun, funny, and revealing to heighten and expose the more innocent elements by juxtaposing them with dark humor.

Though those now-dated, well-meaning family films can be enjoyed today as they were originally intended, I want to look at them from a 2016 vantage point. Rather than dropping a creature called a chebo into the backyard of a family in the suburbs (the setting deemed "normal" then by Hollywood, however appropriate for a lot of us growing up), I wanted to see what would happen if you dropped a similar creature into our new (however subjective) "normal" -- in this case into the home of a "standard" young couple existing in a comically-heightened version of the Youtubing, Wikipedia-ing world of 2016.

So what's a "chebo?"



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Costs $540

For submitting to festivals and a small consulting fee with Film Festival Secrets.

Hard Drives

Costs $450

For storing footage.

SFX Makeup Artist

Costs $500

For an on-screen effect of the special makeup variety.


Costs $850

Crew stipends.


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Help out with gas.


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For the unforeseen.

Location Rental Fee

Costs $200

To be able to offer the residents of our location something for their troubles.


Costs $330

To eat.


Costs $170

Props and materials.


Costs $350

So our D.P. can rent some lights.

About This Team

Born and bred in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ryan has been passionate about films and filmmaking since spending most weekends as a child watching his favorite film, Pee-wee's Big Adventure. In 2011 he co-founded the production company Finite Films with his two close collaborators and friends he met during his film school days at UC Santa Cruz. Since graduating, he's written and directed seven short films, including the much-acclaimed horror short Forest Falls. He has also produced nine other short films, and the Streamy Awards-nominated, sci-fi web-series, Anamnesis. In addition to currently transmogrifying The Chebo into our reality, he is also developing multiple feature-length genre films.
Mikie comes from a small town at the base of the Sierra Nevada in northern California. He studied classical acting and Theatre at the University of California, Santa Cruz, before chasing auditions into the southern lands of Los Angeles. Mikie jump-started his career by winning the role of Mikey (host) for Disney Channel's television show, Disney 365. He quickly found commercial acting, making appearances in campaigns for Papa Johns, Air Wick, Nationwide Insurance and others. He continued his studies in acting at the Ivana Chubbuck Studio in Hollywood, then with Brad Greenquist, Killian McHugh, Chris Game, Meg Morman and Sunny Boling. He landed his first independent film role as Howard in Finite Films' viral short Stealing Time. Since, he has played in over 20 short films, a medium he is passionate about. Additional notable performances are Corey in Cheer Channel's The Secret Diary of an American Cheerleader, Noah in Chris Valenziano's Life is Sweet, and recently Rev. David Lee in Morgan-Wixson Theatre's The Foreigner.  Mikie loves arcade games, and check this out: for his most recent birthday he rewarded himself with 5 full dollars of quarters that he spent at Bar Eighty-Two in downtown Los Angeles, basically beating Medieval Madness the pinball game. Don't worry though, he won't turn your contributions into pinball winnings, he promises. Also this totally isn't Mikie writing this. No way. That's why it's in the 3rd person. 
Marisa Persson is from Phoenix, AZ where she started her career as a child actress booking over 30 commercials, voice overs, and print ads. Recently, you have seen her in several commercials (AT& T U-verse &, festival renowned webseries (We Are Angels, The Dark Knight Retires) a few indie films, specifically recurring in several Finite Films’ -- Imperfect (United Film Festival Los Angeles) & Status Single (Funny or Die), as well as ION TV’s holiday movie “Defending Santa” starring Dean Cain & Jud Tylor. She has begun to produce and write some of her own work in theatre and film including webseries “The Ladies Restroom” starring Legends of Tomorrow’s Falk Hentschel with co-producer Jul Kohler. Marisa is committed to motivating others through her own artistic journey. Check out her weekly blogspot Marisa’s Monday Motivation. Motivation for today, “Pets are fluffy adorable creatures that relieve human stress. Except when animals are dressed like humans. Yeah, what does one do with that?”

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