Episode 384 – Tim Miller’s Advice for Artists
Episode 384 – Tim Miller’s Advice for Artists
Tim Miller is a Film Director, Animator, Creative Director and VFX Artist. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for the work on his short film Gopher Broke. He made his directing debut with Deadpool. He is also known for creating opening sequences for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Thor: The Dark World.
In 1995, Tim co-founded Blur Studio with David Stinnett and Cat Chapman. Blur is where animators and artists can collaborate and be in control of their creative destinities. Since then, the Studio has evolved into an award-winning production company with work spanning the realms of game cinematics, commercials, feature films and more. Committed to their clients, artists and to the telling of great stories, Blur continues to grow not only as a high-end animation studio, but also as original content creators, having recently helmed Netflix’s first animated anthology Love Death + Robots.
In this Podcast, Allan McKay deconstructs his interview with Film Director and Co-Founder of Blur Studio Tim Miller, to review the valuable bits of advice on: why ignorance is bliss when starting a new studio or business, the importance of doing a daily self-check, knowing how to ask for help, how to keep your professional relationships alive, being a competitive brand – and so much more!
Tim Miller on Allan McKay’s Podcast: http://www.allanmckay.com/358
Blur Studio: http://www.blur.com
Tim Miller on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1783265/
EPISODE 384 – TIM MILLER’S ADVICE FOR ARTISTS
This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 384! This is an Episode where I wanted to deconstruct the key takeaways from my interview with Tim Miller: www.allanmckay.com/358.
Tim is a Film Director, Animator, Creative Director and VFX Artist, and of course, the Co-Founder of Blur Studio. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for the work on his short film Gopher Broke. He made his directing debut with Deadpool. He is the Co-Creator of the Netflix series Love Death + Robots.
These takeaways are things you can apply to your own career.
- Starting Blur Studio;
- Collaborating with David Fincher;
- Why Ignorance is Bliss (When Starting Your First Studio or Business);
- The Importance of Doing a Daily Self-Check;
- Knowing How to Ask for Help;
- Keeping a Feedback Loop Alive;
- How to Keep Your Relationships Fresh;
- Appreciating the Wins of Others;
- The Importance of Becoming a Competitive Brand.
This is a way, for me, to look for actionable advice. Please let me know if you like this Episode. Thank you for supporting this Podcast!
Let’s dive in!
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FROM ALLAN McKAY:
[01:25] Have you ever sent in your reel and wondered why you didn’t get the callback or what the reason was you didn’t get the job? Over the past 20 years of working for studios like ILM, Blur Studio, Ubisoft, I’ve built hundreds of teams and hired hundreds of artists — and reviewed thousands of reels! That’s why I decided to write The Ultimate Demo Reel Guide from the perspective of someone who actually does the hiring. You can get this book for free right now at www.allanmckay.com/myreel!
[18:44] One of the biggest problems we face as artists is figuring out how much we’re worth. I’ve put together a website. Check it out: www.VFXRates.com! This is a chance for you to put in your level of experience, your discipline, your location — and it will give you an accurate idea what you and everyone else in your discipline should be charging. Check it out: www.VFXRates.com!
I like this format of Episodes. Next week, I’m doing a solo Episode on Fighting the Seeds of Doubt.
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