NEW MEXICO TECH STUDENT GARNERS NATIONAL VIDEO AWARD
SOCORRO, N.M., February 10, 2000 -- Scene One, Take One: New Mexico Tech student Scott "Hollywood" Miller receives his mail and opens a letter which notifies him that he has won a national CINE award. Elation fills his face.
Scene Two, Take One: Miller steps up to the podium at a ritzy awards banquet in Washington D. C. and accepts the CINE Eagle, a coveted trophy which recognizes the excellence exhibited in one of his own self-produced video productions. Once again, a familiar grin beams from the young man's face.
Scott "Hollywood" Miller, a New Mexico Tech sophomore who is majoring in both computer science and electrical engineering, has a "hobby" which is garnering him national recognition: Miller is an amateur video producer.
The Council on International Non-theatrical Events (CINE) recently informed Miller that one of his videos--a short, ten-minute piece which he calls "Governor Mifflin District Realtor Video"--had been picked by the organization as one of the best pre-professional or amateur video productions entered in this year's competition.
Miller made his award-winning video while he was still attending high school near Reading, Pa.
"The video was handed out to all the local realtors as a way for them to show off the area's school district," Miller explains. "Eventually, the school district itself also began using the video for its own purposes, like during its accreditation process."
Miller videotaped his "realtor video," as he did with all of his videos made during his high school years, on an off-the-shelf, school-owned Super VHS Panasonic videocam.
He produced and edited his finished product on an older model Macintosh computer, which he describes as "a slow machine."
All the work, from setting up scenes to making copies of the video, was done solely under Miller's direction.
"It was basically a one-man band operation," he says.
"However, without the influences of my advisor and friend, award-winning videographer P. Joseph Schumacher, and my loving parents, John and Deborah Miller, the video never would have materialized," Miller quickly adds.
Since then, Miller has videotaped and produced a few other videos--some just for entertainment, others to help pay bills.
"I still do wedding videos on the side whenever I get a chance," he says, "but at this point, it's basically just a hobby."
Miller, appropriately enough, also works on a part-time basis with New Mexico Tech's Instructional Television program, setting up classrooms and equipment for transmitting distance education courses . . . and videotaping classes.
Miller's extracurricular activities at New Mexico Tech, however, aren't strictly limited to producing videos--he also plays trumpet in the university's Jazz Ensemble and currently is involved with designing a fire-fighting robot as a member of Tech's Robotics Club.
"I also enjoy playing my tuba," he adds. "And, I love riding my mountain bike around here. . . .But with the rest of my schoolwork, I really don't have much time for anything else."
No doubt, Miller will have to find time, though, to make a trip to Washington, D. C. later this month to receive his CINE Eagle.