FIVE MIN­UTES WITH MICHAEL MILLER

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The SAE Cre­ative Me­dia In­sti­tute has ap­pointed a new film depart­ment co­or­di­na­tor — aca­demic and film-maker Michael Miller, who will head the in­sti­tute’s Bach­e­lor of Film Arts de­gree and Diploma in Film Arts. Miller com­pleted the fi­nal as­pects of his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in film and tele­vi­sion at the Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land, and quickly fol­lowed it up with a diploma in TV pro­duc­tion at Nat­coll De­sign Tech­nol­ogy (now ACG Yoobee).

Fol­low­ing the end of Yoobee asked him to re­turn to the fold to teach. He be­came head of depart­ment for the mul­ti­me­dia school there and also spent a pe­riod as pro­gramme de­vel­op­ment man­ager, de­vis­ing new diplo­mas for the col­lege. That’s when SAE came knock­ing with the op­por­tu­nity to head its film school. On his film, he said: “[ has ma­tured me as a film-maker – it ’s a film about the pres­sure so­ci­ety puts on women to have chil­dren. Iron­i­cally, I had a daugh­ter in the mid­dle of all this, and I ab­so­lutely love be­ing a dad!”

“What I’m most ex­cited about is that SAE is in a mo­ment of evo­lu­tion. We are cre­at­ing an ex­cel­lent bach­e­lor’s de­gree through cre­ative prac­tice. The stu­dents com­ing through the de­gree now are not only cre­ative; they are busi­ness-savvy and re­ally fo­cused on what they can do past grad­u­a­tion. I don’t see a lot of places of­fer­ing that — no one does film the way we do film; it ’s so unique here. We have the best fa­cil­i­ties, in the best lo­ca­tion and [with] the best de­gree on of­fer,” he said.

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