In Summer 2020, at the height of the pandemic, and in the middle of a wild fire in Los Angeles, I managed to still produce a comedy horror film for Disney and 20th Digital, sponsored by M&M’s as part of Hulu’s “Bite Size Horror” series. Every precaution was taken to ensure a safe shoot – testing, temperature checks, masks, social distancing, designated work zones, air filters, fans, additional holding rooms, etc. It was made with a lot of care, and a lot of love, and I’m very proud of it and the amazing team that made it happen! In addition to Hulu, the film also aired on FXX and Freeform throughout the month of October.

The Los Angeles Times wrote up a beautiful article about the “Bite Size Horror” series – and specifically Michelle Steffes, the writer/director of “Summoned”. The film is at the Vimeo link below, but also the LA Times article itself embeds the full film. Click thumbnail below to read and watch!


Catherine Lidstone
Samm Levine

Written by:

Michelle Steffes Aucoin & Joey Aucoin

Directed by:

Michelle Steffes Aucoin

Produced by:

Justin Bell
Executive Producers:
Dawn Fanning Moore
David Moore

Casting by:

Sunday Boling, CSA and Meg Morman, CSA

Director of Photography:

Carissa Dorson

1st Assistant Camera:

Karis West Fisher
DIT: Dave Berry


Joe Baltazar
Key Grip/Driver: Joshua Carrasco
Swing G&E: Adrian Ramirez
Production Designer: Randy Kizer
Art PA: Amy Augustine

Wardrobe Stylist:

Luca Buzas

Hair & Makeup:

Luca Buzas
Production Sound Mixer: Chapin Long
Script Supervisor: Yvette Alcala
Storyboard Artist: Rich Lo

Production Supervisor:

Brandon Riley

1st Assistant Director:

Phineas Palmer
2nd Assistant Director: Caitlin Magarity
Production Assistant/Driver: Justin Bohorquez
Honeywagon Driver: Jamie Quattrochi


Camille Napolitano


Jeffrey Asher

Assistant Editor:

Dan Long
Sound Design & Mix: Michelle Garuik / Grind Music & Sound, Inc.

Colorist: Tory Harder /

Vanishing Angle
VFX: Phillip Moses / The Resistance VFX
Graphic Designer: Michael Wells
Written by David Hlebo
Performed by David Hlebo
Courtesy of Dream Art Music, LLC
Written by Catherine Lidstone, Hudson Stanton, and Dave Maciel
Produced & Performed by Dave Maciel
Courtesy of Loud Soul Label Group
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Michael Puckett
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Nicole Ettinger
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Peggy Chen
Tani Paige Shukla
Elizabeth Geli
Thomas Verrette
Ramone Farrier
Mars, Inc.
Capture Moore, LLC
CMS Productions
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Zach Kanner
David Haley
Rebecca Ver Straten-Mcsparran
David Raven
Alex Yu
Timothy Lundgren
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Los Angeles Fire Department
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