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What is a Smile?

A vibrant testament to the magic behind a smile.


Kate Campbell and Matt Reed’s short promotional film, ‘What is a Smile?’, offers a captivating exploration of the multifaceted nature of smiles. Produced by Lisa Reed of Sum Effect, an Australian Film and Photography studio, this visually stunning montage draws us into a vibrant world where smiles transcend cultural boundaries, captivating our attention from start to finish.

Narrated by Campbell, the film skillfully weaves together narratives from scores of the Sum Effect‘s diverse clientele, creating a tapestry that invite viewers to ponder the meaning and significance behind our simplest and most universal expression of joy.

With its rich and dynamic visuals, the film beautifully captures the essence of each person’s smile, showcasing the diversity and cultural richness that exist within the Australian community and beyond. The range of shots and locations creates a sense of fluidity and unity, reminding us that smiles serve as a universal language that transcends barriers and connects us all.

‘What is a Smile?’ goes beyond the surface, unraveling the layers of emotion and connection that a smile can convey. It prompts reflection on the shared experiences that underlie these expressions of happiness, serving as a gentle reminder of our common humanity amidst the complexities of our individual lives.

In just a short span of time, Campbell and Reed take us on a thought-provoking journey, leaving us with a renewed appreciation for the power and significance of a smile. This film is a vibrant celebration of the human experience and a testament to the magic that can be found in even the simplest of gestures.

What is a Smile Short Film


Runtime: 3 min

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