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.
DETECTIVE M played by Lorenzo Rodriguez
An agile quick-to-react "detective in the making" as Bonilla says.
M is the best friend to Bonilla and finds Annie's kidnapping aggressively frustrating...
Detective Antonio Bonilla played by Damon Trammell
Bonilla is the perfect wingman... just not around a lady.
He means well and tries to break from the shadow of M he finds himself in.
Annie played by Zoe Kypuros
Annie's energy allows her to take a stand when a crowded train holds no seat for a mother and baby on board. She thinks deeply of her future and the wellbeing of those around her.
DETECTIVE MARLEY & SANTANA played by
Omar Evans & Raymond Colon
Detective M's understudies, Marley & Santana look out for M when he's out of the office. At times they take initiative to look after M... just in case.
Thief played by Michael Ruggiere
An ace thief. He travels aboard trains in search of valuable items to sell on the black market... and flees the scene at the next stop.
Lead Henchman (Scarface) played by Ryan Leveille
A rogue gangster who recently decided to join the underground organization. His stealth movement pushed him up through the ranks. His latest scheme is about to unfold.
GOLIATH played by Omar Hernandez
Of all the gangsters, you do not want to come across the Goliath.
6'8'' tall ranking in at 450 pounds, this gangster lets his fists do all the talking.
The BOSS played by Brandon DeSpain
The Boss, commonly referred to as "sir" is the deadliest of all crime kingpins.
Intelligent, ruthless, and sharp, he spends his days sitting behind a desk, negotiating deals with travelers. Those who cannot repay their dues surrender to his might, and join his legion of henchmen.
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Writer, Director, Producer, Editor, Foley Sound Artist, Post Sound Mixer, Casting Director, Storyboard Artist, Location Scout, Colorist
Co-Producer, 1st Assistant Director, Unit Production Manager, Special FX Editing, Casting Assistant, Location Scout
Co-Producer, 2nd Assistant Director, Unit Production Manager, Art Director (Costume, Makeup, Set Decoration) Script Consultant, Location Scout
3rd Assistant Director, Co-Writer, Art Department Assistant, Location Scout
Director of Photography, Camera Operator, Special FX Editing
Director of Photography, Gaffer
1st Assistant Camera, Foley Mixer, Location Scout
2nd Assistant Camera, Key Grip
3rd Assistant Camera, Production Assistant, Script Consultant
Behind the Scenes Cameraman, Foley Mixer, Grip, Production Assistant, Location Scout
Sound Mixer, Boom Operator
Sound Mixer, Boom Operator, Casting Assistant, Production Assistant
Sound Mixer, Boom Operator
Boom Operator, Production Assistant, Location Scout
Ryan Leveille & Melissa Gaudet
Saskia Cohen, Richard Smith, Alli Zentgraf, Diego Zelaya, Taylor Knoedl
Vehicles Provided by
Richard Smith, Kaitlynn Faith Cohen, Joanne Wein, Sergio Javier Aguilar Ortiz
Jay Choi, Christian Reiman, Cameron Trentalange, Dj Clark, Taylor Knoedl, Roni Wheeler
Catering & Craft, Script Consultant
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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.