FIVE MINUTES WITH MICHAEL MILLER
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.