The Secret Stake Society Chronicles

A popular 1980s high school girl, secretly struggling with her mental health, seeks a cure by creating a day-dream world, but finds herself and best friend mentally and physically threatened by classmates turned Vampires in the world she created.

  • Robert J Butler
    Real. Again.
  • Robert J Butler
    Real. Again.
  • Robert J Butler
    Real. Again.
  • John Duronio
  • Natali Jones
  • Karli Gabrel
    Key Cast
    "Maci James"
  • Lexi Graves
    Key Cast
    "Bri Zurie"
  • Cassidy Aurora Gordon
    Key Cast
    "Sonya Asrid"
  • Alisha Griffin
    Key Cast
    "Headmistress Akeldama Bronwen"
  • Morgan Raine
    Key Cast
  • Marie Taylor
    Key Cast
  • Makayla Goos
    Key Cast
  • Eve Katherine Quarm
    Key Cast
    "Clair James"
  • Alice Wren
    Key Cast
    "Amelia Spark"
  • Christopher Vaughan
    Director of Photography
  • Robert J Butler
    Edited by
    Real. Again.
  • Shalean Easter
    Costume Designer
  • Chelsea Scott
    Costume Designer
  • Josh Davis
    “A” Camera Operator
  • Jorge Viktor
    “B" Camera/Stedicam
  • Richard "Rico" Heer
    Production Sound Mixer
  • Kittrina Timmerman
    Head of Department - Hair / Make-Up Designer
  • Asa Denning
    Key Gaffer
  • Sadie Edmonston
    Key Grip
  • Joslyn Greenard
    Production Assistant
  • Hector Varela
  • Tim Bracey
  • Cliff Baise
  • Miranda Schwarck
    Slate/Key props on Set
  • Project Type:
    Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Supernatural, Drama, horror
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 7, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • New York Movie Awards
    New York, New York
    United States
    Best Super Short Film
  • San Francisco Indie Short Festival

    Finalist Micro Short
Director Biography - Robert J Butler

My name is Robert J. Butler and I am the writer, director and producer of “The Secret Stake Society Chronicles (TSSS).” I work full-time as a Project Manager for a major telecom, coach boys baseball, have a beautiful and supportive family and I am an approved Darth Vader with the 501st and an approved A New Hope Darth Vader Outer Rim cast member with Disney. In 2018, I created my first short film Vader: A Fan Film and learned many valuable writing, producing, filming, and distribution lessons along with learning how to submit to multiple film festivals. I decided to continue learning the filmmaking process and produce short films which I hope will lead to directing my first feature. I have written several short and web series scripts and will look to develop new and original programming. TSSS is my first TV Show concept.

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Director Statement

I chose to write/direct/produce “The Secret Stake Society Chronicles” because I wanted to learn filmmaking and felt developing a short film project was an invaluable way to learn all of the aspects of creating a story. I choose to develop a new TV Show concept that deals with youth anxiety and mental well being. I am excited to present an all-female lead TX-based ensemble cast for our show and look forward to developing future characters that portray females in an authoritative, strong, creative, and intelligent roles. I enjoy any discussion on roles and genders in tv/film characters but always believe the story drives who is chosen for the cast.  If you love the 80’s, horror/fantasy stories, vampires and teen angst along with characters dealing with real world issues all while presented in an entertaining show, then you are checking out the project.  Have a favorite 80’s or present vampire movie or show?  We plan to pay homage to many films and tv shows including The Lost Boys, Blade, Fright Night, Buffy TVS and Vampire Diaries.  We are also excited to have access to amazing local TX locations for our show. This project represents our first trailer and will be submitting our Short Film in Q1 2022.