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tráfico is a character-driven American crime drama TV/Web series about the dark and invisible side of human trafficking within the United States. The series takes a provocative and unflinching look into the lives of the women and children who are bought, sold, and forced to serve in the sex trade, the pimps, johns, and criminals responsible, and those dedicated to bringing the trafficking trade to its end.

Set within a world where no one is who they seem to be and every body has a price.

The series is set in a small central New Jersey town just twenty miles from New York City and the world’s busiest transportation corridor. The story is told through the lives of a multi-ethnic cast of characters: a runaway teen estranged from her mother; an Ecuadorian shoe-shop owner with a score to settle; his pregnant neurotic daughter; two corrupt detectives in too deep; a black FBI Agent trying to prove herself; a white sadistic grifter who pimps out young girls; a Hispanic undercover fed seeking revenge; a ruthless pimp who finds pleasure in violence; and an ambitious politician that will do anything to rise to power.

Wry, powerful, and unpredictable, tráfico boldly reminds us that slavery, indeed, still exists in the United States of America, and anyone can be a victim or be the victimizer. tráfico shines a light into the dark crevices of modern-day society in a blatant attempt to shock, disturb, and horrify its audience, uncover the darker side of human nature, and make visible the atrocities of human trafficking.

tráfico dives headlong into the diverse melting pot of a post 9/11 world where women and children are traded, coerced, commodified, bought and sold for sex, exploited, and forced to labor in sweatshops, american homes, and back alley brothels. tráfico scrutinizes these characters who find themselves within a world where no one is who they seem to be and every body has a price.

 

 

Set in a world where no one is who they seem to be
and every body has a price

Joseph Eulo – Creator/Director
Isabella Marcello FBI
Damian Howard-FBI
Maxine Finley
Ricardo Rodriguez
Mickey Casey
Sophia Andrade

What makes tráfico different from other movies and series?

Human trafficking is the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or for the extraction of organs or tissues. It generates billions of dollars of profit each year, making it one of the world’s fastest growing criminal activities with women and children making up the majority of the victims. There is no doubt this kind of trade embodies the darker side of humanity. It is everywhere and it is invisible. While the majority of human trafficking victims are from other countries the FBI reports that 33% of victims reported in the United States are American-born.

tráfico is an American action/crime drama. It stands out from other web/tv series because unlike other series on the Internet this deals with a serious social issue: human trafficking.

  • It is a social realist film, because of how it deals with a real life situation, which obviously needs to be addressed.
  • This series is inspired from real life events and newspaper articles. This gives the series more credibility compared to other shows.
  • It subscribes to an indie filmmaking model but adds a gritty realism that creates new and original content for audiences.
  • The realist, documentary-like style, which might normally dominate social conscience films that try to elicit sympathy and activity from the audience, is well balanced by moments of more innovative and stylized cinematography.

 

Season Structure

Episodes 1,6, and 12 ( the series premiere, climax, and finale) will be 20 minutes in length with the remaining episodes being 10 minutes in length. The Series will follow a three act story structure for each Season/episode using the following formula (Act I, 30%, Act II 50%, Act III 20%)..

Episode Structure

 Each episode will begin with a cold opening, followed by title sequences featuring  visuals of  previous episodes (see video on the left), and end with a cliffhanger. 

# of Seasons/Episodes

Season I will be 12 episodes, Season II will be 15 episodes, Season III, will be 12 episodes. 

After season one is complete, episodes will be released all at once via YouTube, & Blip.TV. Then all twelve episodes will be edited together into a full length digital feature for VOD release.
“tráfico” is geared toward men and women aged 18 to 65+, who are fans of crime dramas.

Primary Audience

  • Women  18-44 yrs: This show features a strong female lead. 
  • Men 25-44. Who like American crime dramas like The Wire, Breaking Bad, and action films like Apocalypse Now and Crash.
  • Human Rights Activists: This show touches on human rights controversies, including the exploitation of women and children. Tapping into this demographic also calls on viewers who are likely to take part in the public engagement aspect of this series.
  • Hispanic Communities: This series features characters of color, mainly people of Hispanic descent.

Secondary Audience

  • New Yorkers aged 18-65: This show deals with topics that affect a vast majority of New Yorkers, regardless of age, sex, and race.
  • College Students: Many universities are adopting a civic-engagement approach to their education (at the undergraduate level). As with the “Human Rights Activist” demographic, marketing to undergraduate college students will likely garner viewers who will take an active part in the public engagement aspect of this series.
  • Communities of Color: This show features characters of color, some descending from the African diaspora. Viewers of the African diaspora are willing to promote a series if there are one or more characters who reflect their identity.

 

T he series was inspired by crime dramas like Breaking Bad and The Wire, and such films as Apocalypse Now (1972), Memento (2002), Stoker (2014), and Crash (2004). and Crash influence the show’s aesthetic, with shot framing, composition, and story structure from TV crime dramas like Breaking Bad and the Wire. Earth tones, dull colors will be used to convey the dark and dreary world the characters live in, with splashes of red and blue to convey meaning and visually emphasize character emotion.

 

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Aesthetic

Tráfico was inspired by the aesthetic and storytelling styles found in other American crime dramas like Vince Gilligan’s television series Breaking Bad (2008–2013) and David Simon’s television series The Wire (2002-2008).

Other Cinematic influences also came from such films as Paul Haggis’ film Crash (2004) a story about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, Christopher Nolan’s American neo-noir mystery-psychological thriller Memento (2002), and Guy Ritchie’s British dark comedy-crime film Snatch (2000).

Earth tones, dull colors will be used to convey the dark and dreary world the characters live in, with splashes of color to convey meaning and visually emphasize character emotion.

Themes

Good vs. Evil
92%
Redemption
90%
Man Against Self
90%
Revenge
85%
Innocence Lost
70%
Triumph over Adversity
100%

Creator/Director


Hi, Im Joseph Eulo, I am the creator, producer, and director of tráfico. tráfico is much more than just a cinematic journey into the crime of  human trafficking.  It is my “passion piece” and represents the culmination of my Master’s thesis. The purpose of tráfico is to entertain, engage, and inform audiences about the truth of human trafficking within the United States, and abroad, using a character-driven dramatic narrative.

It is my belief that the portrayal of human trafficking in television and film has been stylized to a point where audiences accept human trafficking as a fiction rather than for the reality that it is. I believe a weekly episodic series would keep the topic fresh in the social conscience and foster a dialog among its audience about the true horrors of human exploitation that can be found in our backyards.

Not everyone wants to learn something when they go to see a film, but everyone wants to be entertained. Can a character-driven dramatic narrative entertain, engage, and inform an audience about a modern-day social issue such as human trafficking?  I believe, the answer is yes.

It’s sad but true: here in this country, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves.

Just take a look at Vince Gilligan’s television series Breaking Bad (2008–2013) which dealt with the methamphetamine epidemic in the United States. It was the characters and the dark and gritty storytelling that allowed the audience to take a look into the lives of those affected by this drug.  Paul Haggis’ 2004 film Crash, is another great example. Crash is a dramatic narrative  about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles. Dramatic narratives serve to tell compelling stories that move people to take action. Stories like these first seek to entertain, but at the same time open a dialog about the themes and topics embedded within the narratives.

The fact is, Human trafficking is alive and well in the United States of America and to bring this trade to its end is going to require  solutions on many fronts, everyone is going to need to play a part.

Human trafficking is everywhere and is for the most part invisible. While the majority of human trafficking victims are from other countries, the FBI reports that 33% of the victims of human trafficking cases reported in the United States are American-born. Many agree the solutions we should employ must accomplish three main objectives before human trafficking can come to an end: Create awareness, Empower those most vulnerable, and Prosecute the offenders.

As a storyteller, its is my responsibility to help create awareness. The collaborative nature of this project has brought together a diverse group of actors, artists, writers, and filmmakers from around the globe to create and produce this character-driven dramatic narrative. It is my hope that you will join us on this journey to bring the human trade to its end.