Inspired by the King of Pop, SMOOTH is a thesis film produced by School of Visual Arts college student Josh Wein.

 

Enamored by Michael's talent and drive to help others, SMOOTH was created in tribute to honor Jackson's legacy and bring forth a film that brought fans, both old and new, together.

 

That said, SMOOTH is not re-creation of the original and legendary music video. It is instead a spin on the lyrics from the song.

 

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Taking place in the mid 20th century, our story follows Detective M as he searches after the man responsible for the kidnapping of Antonio Bonilla's wife, Annie.

 

The chase carries the duo and their team of detectives across rooftops, trains, city streets and the countryside all while fending off hoards of gangsters working under the "the Boss."

 

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Created with sincere passion and love, SMOOTH is a reminder that the King of Pop was not only a musician, humanitarian, and entertainer.

 

In the eyes of many, he was their hero.

 

To this day, even after his death, he is still their hero.

 

And from the hearts and souls of his fans, we say together:

 

LONG LIVE THE KING OF POP.

Writer, Director, Producer, Editor, Foley Sound Artist, Post Sound Mixer, Casting Director, Storyboard Artist, Location Scout, Colorist

Josh Wein

 

Co-Producer, 1st Assistant Director, Unit Production Manager, Special FX Editing, Casting Assistant, Location Scout

Ryan Grippi

 

Co-Producer, 2nd Assistant Director, Unit Production Manager, Art Director (Costume, Makeup, Set Decoration) Script Consultant, Location Scout

Agatha Salvatierra

 

3rd Assistant Director, Co-Writer, Art Department Assistant, Location Scout

Nick Grippi

 

Director of Photography, Camera Operator, Special FX Editing

Snyder Derival

 

Director of Photography, Gaffer

Tracy Landon

 

1st Assistant Camera, Foley Mixer, Location Scout

Louis Nicotri

 

2nd Assistant Camera, Key Grip

Chris Cobo

3rd Assistant Camera, Production Assistant, Script Consultant

Angel Cardenas

 

Behind the Scenes Cameraman, Foley Mixer, Grip, Production Assistant, Location Scout

Sean Lonesky

 

Sound Mixer, Boom Operator

Paul Magnusson

 

Sound Mixer, Boom Operator, Casting Assistant, Production Assistant

Varyana Galdamez

 

Sound Mixer, Boom Operator

Garrett Rode

 

Boom Operator, Production Assistant, Location Scout

Marco Ponzo

 

Boom Operator

Phil McCain

 

Dance Choreographers

Ryan Leveille & Melissa Gaudet

 

Gaffer, Grip

Mike Saburov

 

Production Assistants

Saskia Cohen, Richard Smith, Alli Zentgraf, Diego Zelaya, Taylor Knoedl

 

Vehicles Provided by

Richard Smith, Kaitlynn Faith Cohen, Joanne Wein, Sergio Javier Aguilar Ortiz

 

Script Consultants

Jay Choi, Christian Reiman, Cameron Trentalange, Dj Clark, Taylor Knoedl, Roni Wheeler

 

Catering & Craft, Script Consultant

Joanne Wein

 

Thesis Advisor

Roni Wheeler

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Dedicated Donation Team

With the help of over 84 donors, Smooth's Indiegogo compaign raised $2,605.

Without the help of the Dedicated Donation Team, Smooth could not have been pushed into production.

Here we pay tribute to the friends, family and pretty young things who made the entire project possible.

 

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