It's really hard to define what we are: we are NOT a production company, we are NOT a collective, we are NOT a design studio, we are NOT an agency. We are a group of people that bonded in search for magnificence, to experience as much as we could and to be as near as possible to the multifariousness of the human experience. To understand the madness we were born in and try to give something back to the cosmos.

WE ARE BANZAISTUDIO! Thales Banzai + Fernando Nogari + Luan Banzai + Rimon Guimarães
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THE BLACK CAT | Short Film

'The Black Cat' (CC subtitles avaiable in Portuguese and English)

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Written, Produced and Directed by Thales Banzai, with the text by Rodrigo OGI and narrated by Brazilian Rapper Kamau, the film portrays the juxtaposition of the skateboarder's life with a black street cat. The two survive in the street environment, roaming public spaces, invading private property, scaring pedestrians and disrupting the traffic.

Written, Produced and Directed by: Thales Banzai
Production: Banzai Studio & ÖUS
Executive Producers: Thales Banzai / Rafael Narciso / Bruno Narciso
Text & Portuguese Narration: Rodrigo Ogi
Translation & English Narration: Kamau
Script: Thales Banzai

Cinematographer: William Sossai
Set Producer: Carol Sugiyama
P.A.: Caveira, Guilherme Fogaça, Eric Batilochi
1st AD: Izabella Silva

Art Direction & Styling: @sushidesereia @bryxona
Art & Styling assistants: @p_i_l_a_n_t_r_o_p_o_v @ubhatovyanjanaka
Skaters Make-up: @losteboy_ @mortovivo
Characters Make-up: @sushidesereia @p_i_l_a_n_t_r_o_p_o_v

Cast & Location Producer: Bruno Felsmann
Cast & Location Assistants: Biriba / Pablo

1ª Cam Assist: Giovanna Giordanno
2º Cam Assist: Gustavo Fattori
3ª Cam Assist: Ana Laura Leardini

Gaffer: Vinicius Corrêa
Special Effects: Martão

Editing & Grading: Thales banzai
Skate Editing: JP Romero

Soundtrack, Sound Design & Mix: Fabio Smeili & Felipe Kim

Equipment 16mm: Hagadê

Additional research: Roberta Vaz

Special Thanks:
Diovana Scarlat de Araujo Rocha
Silmara Congo da Costa
Ocupação Ouvidor
Ocupação Mauá
Ocupação Prestes Maia

Shot on Aaton Xtèra. Super 16mm
Processed & Scanned at COLORLAB
Kodak Double X 7222