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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

There is so much GREAT talent out here.  Really amazing Directors and Cinematographers. Many that we know so little about.  I just hope I can live up to my end. 

There were quite a few bizarities and reallly amazing visual concepts that made this video seem very surreal. It’s amazing.

THIS THE SHIT I DON’T LIKE RIGHT HERE.  SOO FUCKING SAD.  We work so hard to create work.  So for it to just get stolen like that?  Why would a guy Like Kanye West steal my shit? a nobody.  I can barely pay rent.  Hire me, don’t just jack my shit.

Shout out to my nigga JD for putting this together.  Youtube and vimeo already blocked it but fuck it, keep pushing.

So, I frequently search Twitter to find things that inspire me.  I ran into a director by the name of Greg Williams, his twitter name is @GVisuals.  What I like about him is he seems to be following the Hype Williams play book.  His work closely parallel’s Hype’s style, at least his older style.  But he does it with a more modern flare.  World renowned director Mark Pellington emailed me and told me, to find a director you like and RIP their style, eventually it will become your own.  That was the most sound advice I ever had.

OMG, this video was Trill.  I don’t know why West Indians always get a pass at some of those dance moves.  This is going to be a classic video though.  It’s tough.  Trinidad, kind of reminds me of A$AP a bit.  

TRILL shit though.  I’m going to Download the mixtape!

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.