About The Film

Milk Teeth is a 14-minute fantasy horror short film made for the CTPR 480 class at the University of Southern California. It was entirely made by students and features actors (Screen Actors Guild and Non-Union) from the Los Angeles region.

Director’s Statement:

Inspired by grim fairy tales and medieval artwork, I hoped to create an original horror-fantasy world with Milk Teeth. I grew up surrounded by Latin American magical realist tales; I’ve always been impassioned by the fantastical and the mythical. And with this dynamic story teeming with magic, mayhem, and beauty, there was just so much to sink my teeth into… In the vein of the handcrafted effects of my favorite films, we developed elaborate teeth prosthesis and created the sink demon, our twisted take on the tooth fairy, entirely practically. At its heart, this is a macabre journey into an orphaned boy’s isolation – from the sharp sting of rejection to the building impassioned rage that follows. And ultimately, it is only after the release of our true self, “the monster within”, that we can find self-acceptance.

Practical Effects:

One of the biggest goals of this film was to include all practical effects. No-one was harmed during the production of the film as we used teeth prosthetics, foam hammers, fake blood, and camera tricks to achieve the special effects of the film. Some slight VFX had to be done to touch up things not achieved during production due to time/money, but the vast majority was done practically!

Production Stats

  • Teeth Prosthetics
  • Stunts
  • Minors On Set
  • Monster Costume
  • 3 Months of Development
  • 4 Weeks of Prep
  • 7 Days of Production
  • 8 Weeks of Post
Shooting Location
  • USC Campus
  • Soundstage
  • Santa Monica, CA

Technical Specifications

Runtime: 13:54

Color: Full Color

Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1

Sound: Dolby 5.1

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