Secret Summer

During summer vacation, a teenage girl secretly escapes her obsession with electronic devices to delight in the great outdoors.

  • Carl Miller
  • Carl Miller
  • Carl Miller
  • Michaela Miller
    Key Cast
    "Kira (Daughter)"
    Animation Outlaws
  • Kelly Miller
    Key Cast
    "Ann (Mother)"
    Monterey Shore Diving, Animation Outlaws
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  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 6, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital: 4K, Quicktime & H.264
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Director Biography - Carl Miller

Though born in England, filmmaker Carl Miller has spent most of his career in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

Believing that motion picture films harbor magnificent influence toward creating positive change, Carl Miller obtained a degree in film production at San Diego State University.

With a degree in hand, he returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to work for George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic. There, he “cut his teeth” in the industry for 20 years on more than 30 major motion pictures, and quickly grew into a position as a Visual Effects Director of Photography.

Carl was awarded for Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture, by the Visual Effects Society, for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

Concurrently, he independently created a 90-minute video called SCUBA DIVING MONTEREY and sold thousands of copies.

Carl was the Creative & Director for the $1/2 million DLP Cinema trailer, “Birth of an Image,“ which played in theaters all over the world.

With an ongoing desire to tell cinematic stories, Carl began his personal dramatic filmmaking career with the motion picture RETALIATION which played at prestigious film festivals.

Carl was involved as the Cinematographer who reshot 50% of George Lucas’ film RED TAILS.

"Have demonstrated exceptional accomplishment in the field of motion pictures Carl Miller has been accepted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."

In 2016, Carl created the company Silicon Pictures, LLC, which specializes in the creation of original digital film and video content.

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Director Statement

SECRET SUMMER is a short personal film that I created to engage my daughter during the summer before she began high school.