How Morgan Cooper directed the viral "Bel Aire" and "U SHOOT VIDEOS?" short films! | Ep. 142
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Morgan Cooper is an insanely talented director, DP, & writer who took the internet by storm with his viral spec trailer putting a modern spin on the Fresh Prince of Bel Aire. Shortly after, he followed it up with an amazing short film titled “U SHOOT VIDEOS?” telling the story of an aspiring filmmaker struggling to make it – which again went massively viral and impacted creators all over the world. In this episode, Morgan takes us through his entire journey as a filmmaker – from his beginnings in Kansas City shooting local weddings & music videos, to building a successful commercial DP career, to signing with CAA as a director & writer off the back of his incredible spec projects.  We learn about some of the most pivotal moments in his career & get a behind the scenes looks at some of his biggest projects!


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⁃Ben’s Intro (0:00)

⁃Intro to Morgan / Background (2:48)

⁃Kansas City / Story Inspirations (11:30)

⁃Filmmaking Beginnings (19:00)

⁃Building his career / Spec. work / Travel (28:40)

⁃Gear (41:30)

⁃Bel Aire (47:46)

⁃Meeting Will Smith (1:00:13)

⁃U Shoot Videos? (1:04:30)

⁃Future Plans (1:17:45)

⁃Patreon Q&A (1:20:20)

⁃Outro (1:29:30)

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