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This Trailer Proves ‘The Fresh Prince ‘ Makes A Damn Good Dramatic Movie
What would happen if Will Smith made The Fresh Prince today? Bel-Air, a story of a kid from Philly whose life got turned upside-down… in 2019.
A fan-made film.
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In the current timeline who knows what can happen when you wake up in the morning. Is Donald Trump President of the United States? Check. Can you get dick emoji candy to send a tasteless, tasty insult via US Mail? Check. And did Tommy Wiseau, a filmmaker whose movie The Room turned out so badly it became a cult hit that ironically then found huge success which led to a feature “film within a film ‘ film starring James Franco, recently announce another movie, this time called “Big Shark ‘ and provide a bat-shit trailer for it? ALSO CHECK, YOU FINE PEOPLE ‘ IT ‘S 2019 AND WE DON ‘T KNOW WHAT THE HELL ‘S GOING ON.
Thus, it comes as a surprise-not-surprise that someone has reimagined The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as a dramatic, edgy, coming of age, fish out of water movie called Bel-Air ‘
AND IT LOOKS LEGITIMATELY LIKE A DAMN GOOD MOVIE
AND IT ‘S BASED ALMOST ENTIRELY ON THE OPENING OF THE 90S SITCOM
Like, I would go see it.
Here ‘s the original, for context.
Damn. Takes you back.
In hindsight, like so many great ideas, it does seem obvious that this was here the whole time. So many of our (meaning, you know, humanity ‘s) stories totally change depending on the way they ‘re told. Fairy tales are completely dark and messed up and rely a huge amount on torturing children. Cartoons are INSANELY VIOLENT. So, sure, take a glossed-over, ’90s, broadcast TV picture of life in the inner city followed by a move to the other side, reshoot it with intense close-ups, fantastic cinematography, great shot design, believable and grounded and intense performances from actors who have great lines of dialogue and chance to just be in the scene, plus a montage or two, and what do you get?
GOLD, IS WHAT.
This fantastic throwback remix comes to you via Morgan Cooper.
Starring Jerry Madison as Will Smith (https://www.instagram.com/jerrymadiso…)
Director | Cinematographer | Writer: Morgan Cooper (https://www.instagram.com/cooperfilms/, https://twitter.com/morgancooperdp)
Featuring the song D ‘j ‘ Vu Ft. TYus by Easy McCoy
Produced by B. Jones
Additional music composed by:
B. Jones, Mark Francis , Duncan Burnett
Appearing courtesy of Middleborn Music Group www.middlebornmusic.com
Also featuring music by:
Utah and Beleaf
Will Smith: Jerry Madison (@jerrymadisonjr)
Vy Smith: Sherri Roulette-Mosley
Uncle Phil: Granvile O ‘Neal
Aunt Viv: Kira Ashby (https://bit.ly/2HbVbBA)
Carlton Banks: Jelani Talib (https://bit.ly/2SVfK6I)
Jazz: Rufus Burns (ru1us)
Hilary Banks: Sada K. (https://bit.ly/2TsEPLC)
Ashley Banks: Khrystal Coppage (https://bit.ly/2EZHunl)
Lisa: Jada Paige (https://bit.ly/2UyEEeo)
Philly Basketball Player: Nave Monjo (https://bit.ly/2Hdb6Q8)
Philly Basketball Player: Jonathan Morrison (https://bit.ly/2fxsPjm)
Philly Basketball Player: Jacques Slade (https://bit.ly/2NUhLPU)
Cop 1: Jason Miller
Cop 2: Michael Carlisle
Cop 3: Mark Alford (https://bit.ly/2XOP6jN)
Suburban Mom: Sarah Podschwit
Suburban Dad: Mark Alford
Tough guy 1: Jodi Hendrix (https://bit.ly/2F0gzqj)
Tough guy 2: Juaquan Herron
Tough guy 3: John Flores
Tough guy 4: Larkin Collins
Coach: Cole Deruse (https://bit.ly/2HaXWTP)
Art Gallery Extra: Aaron Alford
Basketball Extra: Jay Maxwell
Production Company: Sun Squared Media
Producer: Johnny Starke
Associate Producer: Kerry Rounds
Associate Producer: Corey McCartney
1st AD: Johnny Starke
UPM: Aaron Monson
A Camera Operator: Morgan Cooper
Gimbal/B Camera Operator: Jonathan Morrison
1st AC: Daniel Banks
2nd AC: Graham Cannon
Camera Trainee: JJ Corbier
Gaffer: Scott Childers
Key Grip: Justin Browning
Grip: Richard Ho
Grip: JD Prevost
Sound Mixer: Larry Lucky
Boom Op: LaRon Cooper
Wardrobe: Ruby Montoya
HMU: Mickey Gonzalez
SPFX: Tab Treml
SPFX: Jeff Sisson
Production Designer: Mark Allen (https://bit.ly/2u8nloV)
Crown Designer: Christie Nelson (Annmann Designs https://bit.ly/2HqDnCq)
Key PA: Dylan Brendel
PA: Julian Hagins
PA: Caleb Moss
BTS: Cole Deruse
Colorist: Rob Bessette
Editor: Morgan Cooper & Anthony Devera
Assistant Editor: Daniel Banks
Sound Design: Anthony Devera
Additional Vocals by Duncan Burnett
Taron Mac, Clarence Smith, Janet Smith, Carol & Jeff Journagan, Mark and Leslie Alford, Kenn and Mindy Selvey, Skidmore Contemporary Art (Conrad and Lia) Robert Charles Dunahay, JayBlac (CHAMPION) Meek Mill, Seventh Heaven, Troost Park, JTL Group, Have Guns Will Rent KC, Bishop Ward, Cousin Charlie, Aunt Charlotte, Chris Fullinwider
Filmed on location in Kansas City & Los Angeles
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