About Us

Misfits. Storytellers. Filmmakers. 
Steven Michael Studios was founded by Steven Michael and Justin Aguilar in 2016. With only a DSLR the two began their filmmaking journey in Philadelphia, PA.  Steven has a background in photography he was able to land a few jobs as a BTS photographer for a few big sets; from there he learned the ends and outs of what it took to make a movie. The rest was easy..
Steven and Justin worked from set to set meeting different people from all walks of life. From each set, a new experience, and along the way the team has grown. Steven and Justin took their experiences and started making their own films with their new team. Steven Michael Studios is now one of the Top independent studios in PA.
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Steven Michael

Director/Producer/DP

Steven’s background in photography tapped his uncanny gift for filmmaking. SM Studios, LLC founder and prime mover Steven has camera credits with Microsoft, Kia, Subaru, CBS, and bleachers report hit show Uninterrupted. He has filmed over 50 short films and music videos for artists across the tri-state area. In addition, he wrote and directed two short films of his own.  Steven is driven with dreams of becoming more prominent than “Walt Disney and Steve Jobs.” 

James Crews

Producer

James Crews studies every film he sees from an actor, director, and writer's perspective. As a member of the Shinnecock Nation, indigenous culture is naturally a part of everything he develops, and he brings a unique voice and perspective to everything he works on. James has acted in various student and indie films over the years and has worked on big-budget productions in the Philadelphia area from The Last Airbender to Glass.  He completed a short film he wrote called CURE, a prelude to a feature he is developing. He is also Nearing completion on a short called SIGHT, raising awareness about the eye disease glaucoma.

De'andre Hariot

Head of Sales

Born and raised in Baltimore, De'andre is a dedicated actor and filmmaker. He has acted in countless short films throughout the city of Philadelphia and numerous commercials in NYC. His dream is to perform alongside actors such as Denzel Washington and Michael B Jordan. 

Korey Jacobs

Gaffer

Screenwriter with an eye for the camera. Growing up with no film lovers in the house it took until college to develop a passion for the art. Trained as a writer and developed as a director Korey has shined in both roles on set with a knack for the visceral and provocative.

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Justin Aguilar

Lead Editor

 The co-founder of SM Studios, LLC. Editing over 50 short films and music videos, assisting on Disney’s award wining show “Weird But True” as a studio manger; Justin is a leading light on the SM team consistently growing his craft creatively. 

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Maurice Daniels

Team Photographer

Maurice is an IUP graduate with a B.S. in media communications and a concentration in photography. His love for capturing portraits on a camera sparked filmmaking's appetency after helping his school broadcast their major sporting events. Maurice continued his artistic pursuit well after college obtaining opportunities to work with Steve Jobs Theater and Apple's iPhone 11 launch. His passion is to write and produce screenplays to share stories that give a voice to the voiceless.

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Imani Rothwell

1st AD/ Producer

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Imani graduated from Temple University with a B.A. degree in theater. She has performed in many plays and short films across the city. She’s also a 2x winning Philadelphia grand slam champion poet who has had the opportunity to perform for Faith Evans and Janelle Monae. Imani is our studio’s go-to AD and Actor for many of our productions. 

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Lenny Lineman

Producer

Lenny is a born and raised Philadelphian with a background in improv and creative writing. Lenny is a self-proclaimed cinephile with over 4,000 films viewed and studied. He has over 14 years of experience in the restaurant industry and business management. Lenny wants to continue to create entertaining content and explore new territories in film. 

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Anotine Brewington

Junior Producer

Born in Philadelphia, Antoine Brewington (27) is a writer, director, actor, and producer. Antoine directed and wrote 4 short films in his career as a writer/director. He also acted in several short films and a web series. 

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Johniek Wroten

Lead Makeup Artist

Johniek specializes in SFX makeup and can also perform beauty makeup. Create that creepy monster or prepare the beautiful bride.

Clients we worked with

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