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Last night, Harrington College Photography Alum, Casey Miller, unveiled the premier of his film Montgomery. Casey shares the process of making his film below…

“I’ve always been drawn to photography and film, but it wasn’t until I took the multimedia class at Harrington College of Design that I really got to explore my love of film. It was an incredible class taught by the head of Harrington’s photography department, Dirk Fletcher, learning all about the parts of movies, the different tools of the trade, and of course Final Cut, made the class one I always looked forward to. I quickly became obsessed with the exercises; making commercials using Final Cut, filming with the Steadicam, and then finally making my own promotional video. I couldn’t get enough, when the class ended I wanted more. So when the opportunity arose to work one on one with Dirk Fletcher to do my own project, I leaped at the opportunity.

Writing this now, I realize how unsuspecting I was. I actually though that I would be able to write, produce, cast, film, direct, and edit my movie within a semester. I was crazy and inexperienced. I now know that making a movie is an enormous project. Even in its simplest form, filming and editing, both are hugely important and in need of incredibly detailed attention.  If I hadn’t taken the multimedia class both of these things would have turned out horribly. The seemingly most simple things would have been overlooked had Dirk not helped me see them.

I was lucky to have such incredible actors, my friends and fellow students sacrificed so much of their time to help with this project, I’m eternally thankful. Even more so because they had to deal with me contacting Dirk every hour to help me fix something I was doing wrong.

But through it all: missing memory cards, learning lines, fixing lighting, finding locations, replacing actors, losing assistants, designing props, wardrobe, adjusting sound, filming during actors finals, reshoots, etc., I have a finished film I can be proud of, and to say I’m wise from the experience is a HUGE understatement. I will always appreciate the help Dirk Fletcher gave me when filming and editing the movie, and the help Harrington and student government gave me with putting together the showcase.

I am Casey Miller, I am a Photographer, and after four months of filming, over 200 hours of editing, and lots of help, I am also now a filmmaker.”

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you Casey for all your hard work – judging by the responses last night, it certainly paid off. Can’t wait to see all that you do in the future!!

Photo courtesy Casey Miller


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Introducing “Montgomery”, a student film by Harrington College of Design Photography Graduate Casey Miller. Tonight, Harrington College of Design and the Harrington Student Government will be sponsoring the premier of the movie! Details are below:

 “Montgomery” Movie Premier
Harrington College of Design, Room 106
Thursday, August 18th (TONIGHT!) at ‎9:00 PM

“Officers Jack Pappas and Horton Fullbring were the best on the force. Their undercover work has brought down some of the biggest drug dealers in the city. Their next set up was like any other; they would bring down another notorious drug dealer. They though the plan was perfect… But in a matter of seconds everything goes wrong, drug dealer Tony escapes, the bags of money and drugs disappear, and the only clue the officers have is a kid they find at the scene of the crime. They think they’ve caught their man. However, they soon discover Tyler Montgomery won’t be as easy to interrogate as they thought…

How will the officers deal with finding the truth when their only lead is really 5 people? Tyler Montgomery suffers from dissociative identity disorder; at any time he can be the aggressive Angela, the sophisticated Eugene, the playful Cameron, or the nervous Sam.  Jack and Horton will have to interrogate each of these personalities until they find the truth. But with five people in one, the truth wont be easy to uncover.”

See the movie trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pALT0yZEymk

Come stop by and see the movie tonight! Tomorrow, read about the making of Montgomery as shared by Casey.

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In the creative world there is a lot of pressure: deadlines, long hours, late nights, difficult assignments, too much inspiration, lack of inspiration, competition… the list goes on and on.

Here are a few tips to help avoid the dreaded creative burn out so that you can perform at your best in your interior design classes, photography classes or communication design classes.

1) Set Reasonable Working Hours and Goals.  Set clear boundaries on your working hours versus your free time. Consistently working long hours and working through the night will inevitably lead to creative burnout. Determine a schedule that works best with your lifestyle and stick to it. During your scheduled work hours, concentrate on accomplishing at least one main goal a day and try to avoid all distractions such as cell phones, TVs and the internet.

2) Separate Working Space from Living Space.  Often your working and living space may be the same when you work from home. Try and create a designated work space at home that is organized, free from distractions and comfortable. Not enough room at home? Find your “office” outside of your home: whether it’s a quiet work station at Harrington College or within an empty classroom, or even the same space at Starbucks, find a place where you can be productive and uninterrupted during your work hours.

3) Look Outside your Box for Inspiration. Watch documentaries, visit art shows, read new creative resources at the Harrington library, learn something new from a friend. In short, get out of your creative “box” that you’re familiar with and push yourself to seek inspiration outside of your area of expertise: you may be surprised with what you find!

4) Take Care of Yourself! Understand your limits, and respect what your body tells you. Try to eat healthy, exercise and take frequent breaks whenever needed while working. Working on an empty stomach, drinking a large coffee while skipping breakfast and working through the early morning all expend your energy: instead, take care of your body so that your mind is able to focus. Some tips to keep refreshed physically and mentally include taking a walk, cooking or baking, cleaning your desk or work area, reading for a while (with some hot tea!) or playing with your pet.

Love what you do, but also realize that burnout is inevitable: when it happens, don’t be hard on yourself. Rather, keep the above in mind, take care of yourself and then get ready to create something truly inspirational!

Photo copyright Harrington College of Design

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