Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeremy Miller.
Hi Jeremy, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve loved video my entire life. Most of our home movies from when I was a toddler are of me trying to take the camera away from my mom or dad. Meanwhile, from a very young age, I grew fascinated with movies, TV, and even advertising. I would spend hours and hours wearing out our VHS tapes and DVDs.
Using the family video camera, the first videos I ever made were stop-motion animations with my Legos and toys. Eventually, mom and dad bought me my first DSLR camera and editing software, and the things I made grew from there. As I got older mom and dad started talking about how it would be good for me to learn a trade, something that could support me in life. After some digging, we uncovered a local college that offered a program dedicated to learning digital media. It seemed like the perfect match! I enrolled via what at the time was known as the “College Credit Plus” program and walked into my first class during what was supposed to be my freshman year of high school at the age of fourteen. I later earned my diploma and my associate’s degree within six months of each other.
Since graduating I have gotten to see and do a lot of things. I work remotely for a Google Partner that does web advertising and SEO. Outside of that, I’ve had a lot of other opportunities as well. I’ve manned cameras during live events with thousands of people attending, I’ve filmed and photographed sports car races, construction sites, weddings, families with small children, and lots more in-between! It’s been a fun ride so far!
Something else that’s very important to me is my faith as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. When I’m not working, I’m happy to volunteer myself as much as possible to help teach others about the Bible and help spread accurate information about the activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world. Sometimes this even means putting my photo/video skills to use.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It’s not all been smooth. For one thing, juggling high school, college, and my personal life all at once while a young teen was a lot of stress at the time, but I’m very happy with where my life is today as a result. I also deal with type 2 diabetes which is a day-to-day thing I have to work my life around. The biggest challenge I have ever dealt with was when my father, whom I was very close to and who was very supportive of everything I was doing, passed away towards the end of 2019.
Yet, whether it’s coping with stress, poor health, or grief, some of the things that have always helped me the most are; comfort and hope from what’s promised in the Bible, support from family and friends, and finding joy and creative expression through the crafts that I love.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
A scenario I’ve grown very accustomed to is making something out of nothing. You may not always have a lot of nice footage on hand to work with if any at all. You might not always have a lot of direction as to what you’re supposed to be making either. However, that’s where creativity and improvisation come into play. I love blending together different mediums and techniques to create something that achieves my client’s goals.
For example, I’ve always had a soft spot for animation. Lately, I’ve been exploring 2D animation, motion graphics, photo parallax, and other special effects. I’ve been learning 3D animation as well. I find that to be a lot of fun with endless possibilities to offer! I’ve produced 3D animated shorts for my own enjoyment along with some for clients as well. You should check out my 3D animation work!
Recently real estate photo/video has captured my attention. I have specialized lenses and equipment I use to get the best results. So far, my clients have been very happy with my thorough coverage.
Last but not least is my love and fascination with 360-degree VR “Tiny Planet” photography. If you have never seen it before you really need to check it out. I just think the results are so cool and unlike anything you have ever seen. It will change your perception of what photography can be.
What was your favorite childhood memory?
One summer while vacationing in North Carolina my dad took me to eat at Planet Hollywood. I thought it was just one of the coolest places ever. Then afterward we wandered up and down the pier. After that, we stopped and saw a 3D movie. Finally, around midnight hour, we stopped at Walmart and saw them filling a special display for the Blu-ray release of one of our favorite films. Naturally, we snatched up a copy right then and there before they had even finished unloading all of them. We didn’t plan half of what happened that night, but that’s how things went when you were with my dad, and it turned into the perfect night because of it!
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