The Work

The Talent

An accomplished and awarded Director and DP, Mike Miller is passionate about his craft.

Mike loves to make beautiful images. He sees the DP’s role as an extension of the director and a vital part of the process of bringing a script to life.

This informs his work as a director and he understands the role all the parts play in the storytelling.

Mike’s TVC work can best be described as mini-movies.

From subtle humor to drama and action, with his many years of experience and an intuitive feel for casting, Mike is a Director/DP able to deliver a rare combination of beautiful images, visual storytelling and great performances.

His list of major international clients includes Citibank, Avis, Ford, Qantas, United Airlines, Sony, Philips, Epson, Norwich Union and The Los Angeles Times, as well as pro-bono work for The Salvation Army and Amnesty International.

Mike’s work has consistently won awards at a long list of the world’s major award shows, including a Gold Lion at The Cannes Film Festival, Silver World Medals at The New York Festivals, Gold at The Australian Cinematographers Society (NSW) and ‘Official Selection’ at The Sundance Film Festival.

The Awards

Major recent awards and acknowledgements include:

2013 BEVERLY HILLS SCREENPLAY CONTEST: Finalist;
2013 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL-LA: Winner Best Feature Screenplay;
 2013 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL-LA: Official Selection Short Film Competition;
2013 ST TROPEZ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Winner Best Feature Screenplay/Drama;
2013 SUNSET INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LOS ANGELES: Winner Best Feature Screenplay;
2013 THE SUNDANCE TRM SCREENPLAY CONTEST: Hon. Mention;
2008 ANVIL AWARDS: Best of Category Trophy, Best of Show Trophy;
2008 FILM INDEPENDENT FELLOW – Producer;
2007 FILM INDEPENDENT FELLOW – Screenwriter;
2005 THE SLAMDANCE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION: Semi-Finalist;
2000 THE NEW YORK FESTIVALS: Best Cinematography Finalist;

1999 ATV: Best Cinematography Finalist;
1999 AWARD: Best Cinematography Finalist, Best Director Finalist;
1998 THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: Short film/Official Selection in Competition;
1998 AUSTRALIAN CINEMATOGRAPHERS SOCIETY (NSW): Gold;
1997 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL: Finalist;
1997 THE NEW YORK FESTIVALS: Silver World Medal;
1997 SINGAPORE CREATIVE CIRCLE: Bronze Award for TV,  Commendation Best Director, Commendation Best Cinematography;
1996 NEW YORK AME AWARDS: Gold;

Some past awards include:

THE NEW YORK FESTIVALS: 2 Silver World Medals, 4 Finalists;
THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL: 3 Finalists;
CLIO AWARDS: 2 Finalists;
AWARD: 4 Finalists;
ATV: 2 Best of Category, 8 Finalists;
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL: Gold, 2 Finalists; ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL: Winners Trophy; MADC: 2 Silver Medals, 4 Finalists;
AADC: Silver, 2 Bronze, 3 Finalists;
NEW YORK ANDY AWARDS: 6 Finalists;
NEW YORK ART DIRECTORS CLUB / THE ONE SHOW: Finalist;
THE CAXTON AWARDS: 6 Winners Trophy.

The Slate

SHADOWMAN

Kidnapped by her own father at 7-yrs-old and brought up as a boy so they could hide, SNIP FREEMAN (32), artist with a waitressing problem, wanderer … lost … goes looking for her estranged father in the Navajo Nations and beyond the edge of civilization into the deadly Utah Desert, to find the truth of what happened all those years ago. But the truth she finds is not what she expected. It does not set her free. Not until she turns her back on a drowning man.

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BLUE MORPHO

If you can convince the world that butterflies can cry and space blobs can crave Jupiter candy bars, how difficult can it be to stage a multi-million dollar kidnapping? That’s the question advertising legend MARCO VENESIUS asks himself after his client has been abducted and ransomed for six million dollars. The adman decides to one-up the event, by creating his own kidnapping. Set in the colorful, sexy and dangerous worlds of Sao Paulo, Rio and the favela, by the time investigator JEANNE BERLIN solves the puzzle,the handpicked captors have turned the tables and made this a legitimate abduction, with deadly consequences.

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In addition to the feature films above, there are a number of properties at various stages of development. Including a thriller ‘The Apprentice’ (working title) adapted from a novel and two 3D feature films for cinema and Imax release.

Both 3D projects bring to life their subjects in a way that has never been seen before.

Where the groundbreaking and highly successful BBC films and series ‘Planet Earth’, ‘Earth’ and ‘Life’ end, this Royal Geographical Society endorsed 3D film begins. The BBC series showed there is a large and growing audience for these entertaining family films. Driven by an ever-expanding desire for knowledge and an understanding of our place in the Universe. Of Life.

The other 3D project is a sport based cinema feature film, TV/Web series and gaming platforms.

The entertainment potential from sport is endless. This film captures the color, the drama, the glamour, the on-the-edge-of-your-seat intensity and danger of this sport.

The audience for sport is always and forever huge.

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The KUDOS

Mike is a joy to work with. Fun, collaborative and responsible, he has great taste and combines creativity with strategic understanding.

Richard Butt ~ EVP Executive Creative Director, Young & Rubicam New York

Mike Miller is without a doubt the finest, multi-talented Director/DP I've ever had the honor to work with. Like all the great ones, he's passionate about his craft and never settles for second best.    

Mike Robertson ~ Executive Creative Director, Bates World Wide New York

Mike Miller is a true partner who will help you realize your vision. First he listens. Then after having understood your perspective, sharpens and adds until your good idea becomes even better. Combining outstanding talent with an obsession for perfection, Mike never fails to deliver.  

Patrick Low ~ Executive Creative Director, Dentsu Young & Rubicam

Maybe it's because of his agency creative background, maybe it's because of his passion and commitment, maybe it's because of his unique sense of style, but one thing is for certain, when you do a job with Mike Miller, you won't be disappointed. Enjoy.  

Gary Horner ~ Executive Creative Director, Whybin/TBWA Sydney

Mike stands alone among all the filmmakers I have worked with in over 20 years. It would be inadequate to just call him a director. He is an expert on the entire process of filmmaking. Whether on the set or in the editing room, he knows exactly what he wants and can get it done without losing his good humor.

Vinod Nair ~ Managing Director, Network Advertising Mumbai

Mike was a pleasure to work with. Great director, easy to collaborate with.

Marcella Coad ~ Art Director, Karo Group Calgary

Mike is an incredibly patient, calm and focused film director.

Aarti Gupta ~ Script Supervisor, Mumbai

Mike is highly creative, understands actors and produces very sophisticated and classy work. The beauty he sees in his mind he translates to the screen.

Susie Maizels ~ Casting Director, Maizels

Contact

LOS ANGELES:

Silverlining Films
Raleigh Studios 1600 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 400
Manhattan Beach CA 90266 USA

SYDNEY:

Silverlining Films
FSA #72 Fox Studios Australia 38 Driver Ave
Sydney NSW 2021 Australia

T: +1 (310) 321 7850
F: +1 (310) 321 7810
email: mike@writer-director.com

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