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.
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.”
Animator, Production Design
Obsessed with Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, David always knew he wanted to be a filmmaker, especially one that makes their audience scream and squirms. At the ripe age of 16, his older brother bought him his first camera to turn his horror fantasies into reality. He has written countless short films, directed, produced, and edited two of his own horror films, and worked on numerous production sets wearing many hats.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tyler is a local Philadelphian who has spent recent years building his experience in the film industry by way of working with a myriad of local artists and creatives. In his time working in the industry, Tyler has been involved in every stage of production, from writing, to working on set, to editing, and even marketing films and other client based work. In his spare time, he expresses his creativity through his original scripts and short stories.