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Interview: Filmmaker Daniel Miller

— by BEV QUESTAD —

In “Discovering James Blue” (2014), created by students and supervised by Daniel Miller, filmmaker and professor at the University of Oregon, Blue is shown in teacher-mode with a bookcase lined up with video cassettes. He says, “Now what I thought … that if we could probe through all of this material, finding the pieces, and putting them together somehow … I’ll show you what I mean.” He grabs a video and slips it into a VCR. “Since here’s a piece of raw material from one of the cassettes…”

Both Blue and Miller have been experts in the Immersion Discovery Method, setting the bar on how to teach filmmaking.

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