Friday, July 27, 2012
Here in London we are using the Olympics as a reason to
massively get together and celebrate our city and the event. This
morning we started by participating in All The
Bells. Cow bells, jingle bells and door bells were ringing
along with Big Ben to mark a very noisy the start of all things
Let me take you on a tour of just a few other ways we have been
flying the Olympic flag (literally).
The outside of our Great Marlborough Street office has been
adorned with the flags of all 204 competing nations. Be sure to pay
us a visit and see if you can spot your country…
Stepping inside, we have our Olympic wall of fame featuring past
glorious sporting moments of a variety of people here. Who knew we
had so many county champs, marathon runners, diving stars… and a
Our official Olympic mascot is definitely Flame Assist Chris
Scott. His sporting 'moment in time' was winning his school 800m
race aged 12 in Jersey, 1992. This emotional victory eventually led
to him representing the Island in long distance running.
Not only that, he is also appearing in THE Olympic opening
ceremony! Chris will be on screen at 8.17pm as an olden day
cricketer as part of Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle's vision of
Britain. Here is a sneak peek of him preparing down on site
Oh and talking of Flame Assists… a different type of flame
entirely passed our offices yesterday.
Let the games begin!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Have you ever fantasized about what it would be like to have New
York City all to yourself? No jostling crowds or traffic clogged
streets, just you and the eerie silence of a human-free world. That
alternate reality is explored in the new web series,Silent
City. Directed by Rubidium Wu and produced by Matthias Schmitt
with funding through Kickstarter.com, the 5 part series is set in
the world of a post-apocalyptic New York City and follows a man who
believes he is a lone survivor.
The series was shot in actual abandoned spaces around New York
City with Grading done by The Mill NY Colorist, Sal Malfitano who
worked closely with the director on the look and feel of each 5
Check out the first two installments of the series
You can also watch future episodes at http://silentcityseries.com/
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
This week it was the turn of The Mill LA to get together and
celebrate the summer. A running theme for this year's parties is definitely emerging as the 'pie', in California
it was of the apple variety. A few talented bakers where
lucky enough to add a winners rosette to their dashing summer party
T-Shirts… and a few more didn't (guess which category the creator
of whole apples stuck in pastry cases fell in to?)
The agenda of party antics included egg & spoon racing,
basketball and volleyball.
And the next generation of mini Mill-ers had to step in
when the going got tough over at the tug of war!
Friday, July 06, 2012
With over 57% of the world's population living in urban areas,
it's tough to find beauty and inspiration in the gritty, fast-paced
workaday world. Millers in all four locations took up the mantle of
this month's Mill Photo Club theme, "My City" and looked for images
unique to the city in which they live. Some of the submissions
focus on the extraordinary natural beauty of the city or its iconic
structure and some capture the more mundane human scope of the
city, all of which is highlighted in the pics below:
To see what we find special about London, LA, NY and Singapore,
check out the photo blog for all of this month's submissions, http://millny-photo-club.blogspot.co.uk/.
Next month's theme, "Self Portrait" is sure to test the
imaginations of our talented lot. Check back to see how we perceive
Friday, July 06, 2012
On the one day of non apocalyptic weather this summer, The Mill
London descended on Regent's Park Crescent to top up on vitamin D,
sun tans and Pimm's…
Soundtracked by a Mariachi band, there was inflatable horse
racing, human table-football, giant Jenga, massages and a lot of
lazing on picnic blankets.
The cuisine theme fitted into three distinct categories… 1.
Meat. 2. Pastry and 3. Meat & Pastry. Think pork pies, scotch
eggs and other similar delicious delicacies, highly necessary to
keep everyones energy levels up for the ferocious frisby
The party lasted long after the sun set (and was replaced by a
months worth of rain in one day, apparently) and there are just a
few sore heads in the offices today, so be gentle!
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
It was a beautiful weekend in May and L.A. Miller Antonio Hardy
found himself with some time off. But instead of sleeping in or
settling for the usual beer and BBQ, he hatched a plan: assemble a
crew of ten and embark on a mission - a 24 film race.
The challenge: Make a short film which is four minutes or less,
shows someone listening to music and the written word or number "1"
and is conceived, shot, edited, and delivered within 24
On June 28th the Arclight screened the top 24 L.A. films out of
740 team submissions which included Antonio's short "Bad Luck
Brian." Next round will send five of the 24 to compete in NY, the
winner to receive $10K. Will it be Antonio's team? Stay tuned and
Check out the finished film and get the full scoop on the
contest from the talented Antonio:
"This is my second 24 hour film fest. As an actor in a short last
year, I learned many valuable lessons about time management so this
year I decided to up the stakes by producing, co-writing and acting
all at once!
We got the criteria at 7:00PM and spent the first three hours
working with the writers. Once we got an outline, we passed it on
to our production team who started on the storyboards. I got less
than 6 hours of sleep that weekend but wouldn't trade it for
Looking back, I was honestly not sure I could pull off but am so
happy we did. Moving to L.A. and working at The Mill has opened me
to incredible opportunities not the least of which is a valuable
lesson: if you want to create something, you should make the time
and put your fears behind!"
Regardless of the outcome of this competition, one thing is for
sure - Antonio is already looking forward to the next