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SIMPLE... I see shit, I like it I post it. I make short films, music videos, web content and guess what... I post that too.

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Livewire - LOF (Official Video) from Ashley Smith Films on Vimeo.

Official video for hip hop artists and friend, Livewire. This was a tough shoot. Nothing went as planned, but it always works out in the end.

Directed By: @Ash_Innovator

Elder Live - David Pendleton
Elder Woman - Miatta Smith

Shot on Old School Red One (Hate That Camera) w/Cooke S4s

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Rick Ross Feat Jay-Z - The Devil is A Lie (Explicit) NEW

From the Independent mind of film maker Ashley Smith and Ash Innovator films, comes what is one of the most controversial and blasphemous music videos i have seen to date.  Playing directly off of the music industry’s speculations of Illuminati and Satanism in Hip Hop and entertainment at large. These images depict the conjuring visions of back room conversation and mind dwellings that we all in some way have entertained over the last 5-7 years in entertainment. It is offensive? Is it Blasphemy? Is it any more guilty than the thoughts we breath life into with our views and conversation? Or, is it just offensive because now it’s a visual reality that you can now lay eyes on?.  Ashley Smith has reached into the minds and conversations of the masses and utilized this bold and very vocally forward song as a vehicle to put imagery to the uttering and the moral and emotional disposition of the world we live in. A mirror has been turned and a light has been shed. As you sit and consume this visual the very moment you try and become holier the thou and step up on your pulpit, recall the very fact that the Devil is a Liar…

~MH

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This is actually one of my favorite videos to date.  The artist makes some pretty amazing music and I hope she works with me in the near future as well.  Shooting this was rough.  My wife went into labor while we were on our way to set.  Obviously I couldn’t abandon the production, but I had to move quickly. 

For the obvious reasons the shoot holds a special place in my heart.  Thank you EVERYONE that spend their time working on this.  I’m truly grateful, and happy to share this special project with you. 

Smith Hage Productions
Executive Producer - CiEsta
Director - Ash Innovator

Visual Effects
Lizard Lounge
Michael Huber

Post-Production
Company 3
Producer - Katie Andrews
Colorist - Jaime Obradovich

Crew
SteadiCam Op - Patrick Morgan
AC - Brenna Perez

Cast
Native Runner - Manfred Lion
Evil Runner - Jeff Jackter
Hipster - Collette Connell
Construction Worker - Jonathan Charles
Mime - Thomas Leverton
Prom Queen - Lerubi Lopez
Patient - Noreen Shea
Drag - Jonathan Hendrickson
Track Starter - Stephen Stapinski
Spectator - Nzingtha Smith

Drake - 5 AM in Toronto (Explicit) New from Ashley Smith Films on Vimeo.

I’m a huge Drake Fan. I think he is lyrically one of the greatest musicians of this era. With that said… He dropped an aggressive track recently and I HAD to put some visuals to it. I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me.

Shot and Directed by your’s truly @Ash_Innovator
Arri Alexa and Ultra Prime Set

Executive Producer - CiEsta
Director/DP - Ashley Smith AKA Ash Innovator
AC - Brenna Perez

Cast
Old Man - John Tobias
Upset Home Owner - Laurie Folkes
Hottie - Jolene Marquez

“METICULOUS is the ultimate expression of my frustration towards an industry that has rejected me time & time again.” - Ash Innovator

Since I began my journey as a filmmaker, it has been consistently difficult to gain any serious traction. I will go beyond using the word difficult & say, since I began my journey I haven’t had any traction. I fund my own creative projects, through the work I do for small clients, individuals, micro businesses & fortune 250 companies. However, the work comes few & far between.

As time has progressed & I have become more seasoned, one would think the rewards of my efforts would consistently put me closer to advancing my career. Well, many years after my first film, I feel as though I’m merely slightly above stage 1.

I have been to countless meetings, negotiation talks, entertained inquiries & nothing ever seems to come to fruition. I have even put my career aside for a bit, when I did my stint at MTV & still I just didn’t seem to ever get my feet on the ground there either. After my viral success w/“Way Too Cold”, gaining nearly 4 million YouTube views, one would have thought at least a hand full of opportunities would have presented themselves. There were none. I have reached out to countless reps, agents, advertising companies, music video commissioners & I can’t get passed the gatekeeper (the dreadful assistant). I’ve sent multiple emails, to people for whom I have actually gotten email addresses. For the most part, I haven’t gotten a response. Those that did respond (maybe two people) simply showed no interest. Oh how I HATE REJECTION.

2010, As I first conceptualized METICULOUS, I was extremely frustrated. All I could think of was the state of my career…everything I wasn’t doing…all the opportunities I didn’t have. The feeling of rejection I was experiencing was all too reminiscent of rejection from members of the
opposite sex. The feeling you get when you finally muscle up the courage to ask out the girl you’ve been eyeing for the last few months & she turns you down. That feeling.

METICULOUS is the ultimate expression of my frustration towards an industry that has rejected me time & time again. This was my way to get back at the film industry. A woman that exudes sex appeal represents the film industry. Her acts of self-mutilation express my frustration. In a crude manner, the face value of this film devalues her vagina, something men naturally find so valuable. This film has nothing to do w/self-mutilation, or her vagina for that matter. But the parallel of this film & my experiences work in cohesion, as I find the film industry very valuable & through my frustration of rejection I want to lash out, because it will not accept me. Artistically, METICULOUS is my way of lashing out.

The most realistic & soul bashing aspect of this film is the way she walks off, as if nothing happened, which indeed is another representation of my lashing out. METICULOUS may have no affect on the industry, but hopefully some can appreciate the film.

For lack of anything else to post, I’m adding a few things, none of which I’m extremely proud of nor matches my more current visual style.  I have much more to add in the near future, projects In post some in conception that I’ll be releasing very soon.  But for now Here is something of mine!

The thing about this project, I think the script was AWESOME!  We didn’t have much money and I destroyed the film before we even began shooting.  The thing about me which I am learning, more so after being around patient friends of mine such as @Bklyn_Bbach and @JonGrayNY is that haste makes waste.  I set a shoot day in mind and I was going to shoot that day no matter how prepared or unprepared I was.  I blew through 300 grand and I deployed sub-par direction.  I should have been more diligent and patient with my casting (I’ll probably get a lot of grief for saying that).  At one point I really wanted to finish this movie, but honestly now, I just want to move on to something else, something that reflects my innovative talents as this COULD have done if I would have relaxed and did what I do best.  The week before my production Attika Torence called me and said, you’re not ready to begin production.  You can either waste the the $2,000.00 you spent on your casts air fare and get this amazing script right or you can waste your whole production budget and never have anything. 

Well Attika, you were right.  But I do have something…. A freaking trailer, lol!

This video took a little bit to finally release but it’s here.  We shot this December 4th.  The idea was to give the artist something rough and rugged.  I figured what would be better for a brooklyn rapper than a rip from the famous movie WARRIORS. I know it has been done over time and time again but I figured I could do a bit more than what others have done.  It was a hectic day, we missed a lot but we got a lot too.  Oh, yeah, and this was the day I promised myself I would never use Redrock’s DSLR Mattebox rig again…  EVER!

I hope you enjoy.

This video took a little bit to finally release but it’s here.  We shot this December 4th.  The idea was to give the artist something rough and rugged.  I figured what would be better for a brooklyn rapper than a rip from the famous movie WARRIORS. I know it has been done over time and time again but I figured I could do a bit more than what others have done.  It was a hectic day, we missed a lot but we got a lot too.  Oh, yeah, and this was the day I promised myself I would never use Redrock’s DSLR Mattebox rig again…  EVER!

I hope you enjoy.