Orange, California | Film Short

Thriller, Music

David Bashford

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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VOXGIRL is a dark comedy about a former kids’ TV actor who has garnered an unwanted cult following, and looks to reinvent herself and legitimize her music career.

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Mission Statement

Led by a female producer and centered around a female protagonist, we have assembled a diverse team of collaborators from a wide range of backgrounds in order to tell this story. Take a look at “The Team” tab to learn more about our talented crew!

The Story

Why we need your help!


VOXGIRL is a graduate thesis film from Chapman University, made by the hands and brains (and hearts) of dozens of passionate students who are offering their blood, sweat, and tears to tell this story.


We are fortunate enough to have the support and mentorship from amazing professors and production staff at Chapman University, as well as access to great facilities and equipment. However, the fact remains that there are lots of external expenses involved in filmmaking, especially on high caliber film sets--thats where we need help from YOU! All of the funds donated will be funneled directly into the production of the film: food, locations, permit fees, trucks, set design, and other essential elements that you can see in our “Wish List” tab.


Director’s Statement -- and why you should help us!


As a filmmaker, I have always been interested in telling stories about characters that are misunderstood or misrepresented. Our protagonist, Caroline, is no exception. She must face a crisis of identity as she is hounded by the cult following of her syrupy kids' TV persona, 'Voxgirl,' while also searching for genuine self-expression. This internal struggle is externalized when she is invited to the home studio of Solomon, an eccentric producer with arguably more problematic personal demons.



Though framed as a dark satire and thriller, VOXGIRL should resonate with anyone who has made an attempt at some form of artistic expression or sought validation for their authentic self. With musical inspiration from bubble-gum pop of the early 1990s and song writing maestros like Joni Mitchell and Carole King, VOXGIRL will be a wild trip that takes joy in grimly satirizing music artistry and how we consume popular culture--especially the commodification of young female music artists.


VOXGIRL will rely heavily on the music as a storytelling device. As an independent musician myself, I am fascinated by exploring a certain era of music and trying to capture the essence of a musical time period. The seed of inspiration for me often begins with a song, so music inevitably becomes a crucial element to my filmmaking, as is the case with VOXGIRL.


Ultimately, VOXGIRL is a very personal story for me, as it represents the search to be understood and acknowledged in the way we desire it. In addition to that, snappy tunes, heartfelt songwriting, and one-of-a-kind characters are sure to keep the lip gloss popping and your butt on the edge of your seat!


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Costs $1,000

We gotta keep our large crew fueled up for 12 hour work days--we can't survive on Surge alone!

Set Design

Costs $1,000

We're building a recording studio set on a state-of-the-art sound stage at Chapman University!

Our cast!

Costs $500

It's a simple fact--the project can't be successful without amazing actors!

Truck Rental

Costs $500

We have hefty equipment and production design pieces that have to be transported via truck!

Location #1

Costs $500

We will be shooting inside the Kopa Bar, which lies inside an amazing vintage bowling alley.

Festival Submissions

Costs $250

Once completed, we gotta get this thing seen! We'll submit to festivals all around the country.

Location #2

Costs $500

We will be shooting in a beautiful yet eery house in Banning, CA.

Makeup & Wardrobe

Costs $250

Another crucial element to our production. Look good, feel good--ammirite?

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

About This Team

DaviBashford - Writer/Director

David Bashford grew up in Northern Colorado, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder, and is currently pursuing an MFA in film production at Chapman University. David has written and directed numerous award-winning short films, and in addition to his passion for film and visual storytelling, he has always loved making music. He is excited to combine those particular passions on VOXGIRL. When not involved in a film or music project, you can find him enjoying a quesadilla or challenging strangers on the beach to a game of paddle ball.

Angenica Eusebio - Producer

Angenica Eusebio is an MFA Film and Television Producing candidate. Within one year of the program she has produced three short films. Including her three films, she has worked on a total of eleven sets which include roles as a production assistant, unit production manager, and in the art department. Prior to attending Chapman University, she studied Radio/TV/Film at Cal State Fullerton. She enjoys sleeping, getting to know people by asking ridiculous questions, and eating the most delicious food.

Robert Chuck - Cinematographer

VOXGIRL cinematographer, Robert Chuck, hails from Honolulu, Hawai‘i where he earned degrees in Graphic Design and Creative Media (Film) at the University of Hawai‘i. Film and art have always been a huge part of his life, and after several years of working in graphic design, Robert decided to move to California to pursue a Masters degree in Film Production (Cinematography emphasis) at Chapman University. Robert also enjoys surfing, martial arts, traveling and naps.

Kayla Acosta-Galvan - Production Designer

Kayla Acosta-Galvan is a lifelong native of Southern California. Her first forays into the production design world were during her time as a member of the Del Rey Players at Loyola Marymount University, where she received a Bachelors degree in Urban Studies. She is now in the midst of acquiring her MFA in Production Design at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. She enjoys piña coladas, getting caught in the very infrequent SoCal rain, and road trips.

Michael Gutierrez - Editor

Michael Gutierrez is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Communication and minor in Community & Civic Engagement. His passions include movies, television, podcasts, and staying up to date with the latest in the entertainment industry. His previous positions include Digital Content Producer for the College of Liberal Arts - Office of External Affairs and has interned with Auburn Abroad - Office of International Programs, Latimer Creative Media in London, and TNT/TBS in the Burbank office. Currently, he is a graduate student at Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts (pursuing a MFA in Film Production with an emphasis in Film Editing) and working as an assistant editor at Turner Broadcasting.

Ashleigh Mullins - Costume Designer

Ashleigh Mullins was born in New Orleans, LA and grew up primarily on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Living in a small coastal town, she found escape in films and theater and hasn't looked back since. She fell in love with Production Design & Costume Design while completing her undergraduate degree at New York University and followed that passion to the west coast and Chapman University where she has recently completed the MFA program in Production Design. ​

Tianfu Zhang - Sound Designer

Tianfu Zhang grew up in Beijing, China. After spending four years in Beijing Film Academy to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Sound Production, he relocated to California to continue his sound dream. As production sound mixer and sound designer, he has finished over 30 different kinds of short films and just finished his first feature film as foley artist in 2016. He takes joy in using the details of sound in order to illuminate the storytelling in a film. He was nominated in 64th Golden Reel Awards, Verna Fields Awards as Foley Artist in 2017. He has also directed several TV commercials in recent years.

Ryan Lim - Unit Production Manager

After graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Ryan James Lim moved out to the west to pursue graduate school and film making. He is currently in the dual MBA and MFA Film Producing program at Chapman University. He is also a member of Chapman’s launch group for their Interdisciplinary Program, a program that puts producers, lawyers, and business students with an entertainment focus together, giving them insight into all branches of the industry.  This year alone, Ryan has been a part of 13 productions, ranging from short films, features, and virtual reality experiences.  Among those 13, he produced five shorts that are being submitted to film festivals now: Stolen Child, Matinee, Stopped, Axios, and My Own Terms.

Saydee Dickinson - Casting Director

Saydee is currently a Screen Acting Major at Chapman, and one day hopes to be a character on a long-running sitcom or to run her own independent casting agency. Now, a couple fun facts for you all about Saydee: she had a pet pig growing up; he slept at the foot of her bed. She's allergic to dark chocolate, she was a competitive rhythmic gymnast for seven years, and she's traveled to 15 different countries thus far.

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