Meet the MPP Team

Steve Nevills

Producer /
Creative Writer

Reach Steve:

Steve Nevills graduated from Full Sail University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Film Production. After spending a year as a production assistant in New York, working on national commercials and reality TV, he returned to post education. He earned a Master of Science in business from Full Sail University in 2010. From there, he spent time working in many different facets of production around the country. Some formats included short film, features, news and retail television. Currently, Steve is a Production Manager for the online media publication company Fatherly.

Steve has always had a passion for creative writing and fictional storytelling. In 1994, at the age of 9, he began writing short films with a group of friends. These projects were shot on his family’s home video camera and edited by connecting two VCRs together. In 2000, at the age of 14, he wrote his first feature film ‘Nonsense’. He continued to pursue both short and long form storytelling throughout his early years by writing countless short stories and screenplays.

After completing his bachelor’s degree, he wrote his second feature screenplay ‘My Secret Life’ (2009) and still has the determination to get the film funded and completed. In 2018 he completed work on his third feature screenplay ‘The Swap’. The project was written in an effort to create a script that was capable of being independently produced on a menial budget.

Long form is not the only format Steve has continued to practice. He also completed drafts of short form projects such as a dark thriller ‘Sleeping Pills’ (2007), horror project ‘Caller’s Bend’ (2008) and comedy ‘Pogs’ (2010). Although these projects have not been produced, Steve has continued to follow his passion of storytelling throughout his life.

In the fall of 2016, Steve teamed up with his long-time college friend CJ Baker to begin work on the creation of their own video production company. In 2017 they officially started Midnight Playground Productions. With the formation of the new company they have shot and produced several music videos, a spec pilot TV show and much of the principal photography on a feature length documentary.

Their latest and most ambitious project, ‘PortHole’ (2017), has been in development since the formation of the company. Steve and CJ, along with their writing partner, Austin Daniels, have created a young adult television series where social media behavior isn’t just confined to the internet. The team has written drafts of the first 8 episodes of season one, with the final 2 episodes to be completed by the end of Q1 of 2019.

CJ Baker

Director /
Director of Photography

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CJ Baker has had a life of adventure. Growing up in a military family, he moved around frequently throughout his childhood until his family landed in Killeen, TX when he was fifteen. CJ discovered and honed his passion for capturing images through skateboarding.

“I used to spend countless hours recording and taking photos of friends and editing footage.”

Growing up, He had some sort of camera with him at all times—video or still—but often both. After high school, CJ got his bachelor’s degree in film at Full Sail University in Orlando before moving back to Austin where he began his career as a lighting technician and gaffer.

“Those first few years back in Texas were my brainstorming years—full of life and adventure and shooting a lot of film.”

CJ worked odd jobs between films but after a few years, hewanted something more, so he packed up and moved to New York to pursue lighting design full-time as a freelancer.

“First, I worked as a gaffer in NYC lighting feature films as well as commercials and TV. I found myself collaborating with Austin natives like Dorell Anthony in NYC to create the LGBTQ show Pride The Series that’s now available on Amazon Prime. Splitting my time between NYC and Austin, I still try to work on independent projects with other Austin natives like the 2015 short film Alchemy directed by Brandon Polanco and Ian Scott.”

Currently, CJ lives in Brooklyn and works freelance as a Director of Photography as well as produces original content for Midnight Playground Productions, the production company he co-owns with Steve Nevills.

“Our most recent project is a cooking and travel documentary series pilot starring Austin local Lynzy Moran, chef at Baton Creole. Later this year I’m releasing a book called Cloud of Confusion that will feature some of my photography from the last 10 years of my life and travels.”

CJ spent a year in Thailand where he worked as a cinematography instructor at Mahidol University International College.