Naughty Mr. Claus: Short Film

The Story
Global warming is at an all-time high, and the effects are haunting in Santa’s usually happy - and very frosty - home. The North Pole is melting and Reindeers are being lost by the day. Knowing he needs to save his home, and those who live in it, Santa must look to his estranged daughter Sam for help. Using her position at the EPA, Santa and Sam devise a plan to persuade a Senator to vote ‘yes’ on an upcoming legislation that would be a monumental help in stopping Global Warming. But this plan only works if Santa has the courage to do the wrong thing. Struggling with the idea of being naughty for the first time in his life, and reconnecting with his daughter whom he hasn’t seen in years, Santa needs to find out if he has it in him to become Naughty Mr. Claus. 

The Plan 
'Naughty Mr. Claus’ is a Senior Thesis film out of Chapman University. Our crew is comprised of various Dodge Film students who are excited to produce our senior thesis film as a culmination of all the knowledge we've learned over the past few years. We are currently in Pre-Production with the film set to begin principal photography on December 1. Our final film will premiere at the end of April in Orange, CA. 

The Goal
Our goal for this film is to tug on your heartstrings and make you laugh, while also shedding light on a problem that is starting to have effects all over the world. By presenting this dilemma in a festive and comedic way, we hope regardless of your stance on Global Warming, you will be able to follow our characters on their journey of self-discovery and reconciliation. 

However, this is still a student film and we are in need of any donation possible. Because of the film we want to portray, our locations, cast, production design, and equipment are a few of our more expensive departments. Anything and everything you are able to give is greatly appreciated.  

Meet the Crew:

Bryce Neville (Director and Screenwriter) 

Bryce Neville is in his final year studying film production at Chapman University. Over the past three years Bryce has production designed fourteen student films and has directed his sophomore year and junior year films. Outside of Chapman, Bryce co-runs a production design company, Burk and Neville, and has interned at the historic Egyptian Theater. Burk and Neville has designed major music videos with artist such as Marshmello, and also production designed a major documentary for Snoop Dog and Warren G. In his free time, he runs a solo music project called Brucey Boi and loves his friends and family.

Kylee Floodman (Producer) 

Kylee Floodman is a Senior Creative Producing and Business Administration double major from Sacramento, CA. Throughout her time at Chapman, she has worked on various student films, as well as engaging in other aspects of her college career, such as being a part of the Chapman University Cheer Team for three years. She has enjoyed exploring different aspects of the industry through internships and after graduation hopes to work at a studio in marketing or production. Her family and friends are some of the most important aspects of her life and she is excited to work on this film with a crew of creative, fun, and hardworking filmmakers.

Tue Duong (Cinematographer) 

Tue Duong is a cinematographer and photographer from Fountain Valley, California. He currently studies at Chapman University, majoring in Film Production. Ever since he began taking photos, he has always been obsessed in finer details and observant of relationships between people. This attitude on life has led him far into the world of filmmaking, where he continues to perfect his craft and enjoy the collaborative art. His work consists of short-form documentaries and narrative films from multiple genres including comedy and drama, and his skills range from editing to screenwriting.

Luis Felipe Santos (Unit Production Manager) 

Luis Felipe Santos is a creative producing major at Chapman University with a minor in Latin American studies. He moved to Miami, Florida from Brazil when he was 11 years old. and got into film and TV through acting. Theater was his passion all throughout high school. Eventually, he started acting in front of the camera and got introduced to a new side of the business. The film industry. Luis hopes find himself running a media company in the future, hopefully one with ties to Latin America.

Garnet Burk (Production Designer) 

Payton Koch (Editor)

Caroline Metz (1st Assistant Director) 

Born and raised in Houston, Texas; Caroline Metz is a Senior Film Production major with an emphasis in Directing at Chapman University. She has just finished directing her final senior thesis and is wrapping up her final year as she continues to work on various projects and continues studying in her minor of Women’s Studies. At the start of the new year, she will be a Producer’s Assistant on the set of a feature film which will be traveling to Singapore in late January. Once she graduates, Caroline plans on seeing as much of the world she can while backpacking for as long as a year. Soon after she hopes to find herself back in California working in the lovely field of film.

Renee Plaza (Location Manager) 

Renee Plaza is a senior Creative Producing and Psychology double major and has spent the last two years interning for the television show Criminal Minds. She is from Wilmington, Delaware and chose to follow in her older siblings’ footsteps by pursuing an artistic education on the other side of the country. She has worked on a number of student films in a variety of positions and is excited to be a part of such a dedicated and creative team of people for Naughty Mr. Claus.
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Kylee Floodman 
Orange, CA
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