Private Project

Smooth Moves

Tensions rise when a flirtatious game of one-upmanship turns an office into a battleground.

Office mates Mike and Sara get so caught up in their war of pranks, they don’t notice that their actions have a decidedly darker effect on their coworker Larry. Burdened by looming deadlines and family drama, Larry snaps, getting revenge in his own unique way.

Written and Directed by Chris Beauchamp & Cris Seppola-Podsada, Smooth Moves was filmed as a student project on a shoestring budget in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada.

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  • Cris Seppola-Podsada
  • Chris Beauchamp
  • Cris Seppola-Podsada
  • Abby Webb
    Key Cast
  • Brett Olsen
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  • Richard Podsada
    Key Cast
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    7 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
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  • Reel Shorts Film Festival
    Grande Prairie
    May 10, 2016
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Chris Beauchamp, Cris Seppola-Podsada

Chris Beauchamp
Chris Beauchamp is a photographer, writer, and filmmaker based in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Since 2013, he has written, directed, and produced several short films, including the PRIMAA Frantic48 award-winning films DATING BITES and THE SOUVENIR (both with Gordie Haakstad). He was the cinematographer on SOPHIA, written and directed by Rory Mells in 2013, and COLD DECISION, written and directed by Gordie Haakstad, which screened at the 2015 Reel Shorts Film Festival. He was a producer and the cinematographer on Susie Winters’ upcoming short film CURRY FAVOUR, which filmed in Wembley, Alberta, in 2015.

He is an active member of the northern Alberta arts community, serving on the boards of the Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association (PRIMAA), Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society (AMAAS), and the Reel Shorts Film Festival.

In 2016, he plans to promote the short comedy SMOOTH MOVES (co-written and directed by Cris Seppola-Podsada) on the festival circuit, as well as THE DEVICE, a dystopian drama he wrote and directed in 2013.

Cris Seppola-Podsada
After many years of dabbling in photography, Cris Seppola-Podsada was introduced to filmmaking through her company, communications agency nine10 Incorporated.

Her first experience of being on set was during the Arnie the Viking campaign with Hansen Ford Lincoln in 2013. From there, she began to volunteer on other filmmakers’ personal projects including the Frantic48 Film Challenge in 2014 and 2015. When not involved in filmmaking, Cris works with her team at nine10, speaks at Toastmasters, engages with various community boards and organizations, and relaxes with her husband Richard and whippet Olive.

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Director Statement

Chris and Cris created SMOOTH MOVES as part of their coursework for a video production course taught at Grande Prairie Regional College.

The class was tasked to create three dialogue-free films. The third film was a combined project, where Cris and Chris decided to share the same set and story but shoot from two different perspectives. While these films were submitted individually for the class, Cris and Chris combined their shorts to create SMOOTH MOVES.