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- 🎥 A College Cinematographer's Untraditional Path
🎥 A College Cinematographer's Untraditional Path
Miles Somerville took what he learned shooting music videos and short films in school and used it on TikTok. 6-months later, Miles landed his dream job.
Miles Somerville is not a typical film school student.
His dream, for as long as he can remember, has been to make the best-looking technology and car videos on the internet.
Through his four years at DePaul, Miles focused on mastering every facet of solo filmmaking:
🗣️ On-Camera Presence
🤖 The YouTube Algorithm
His main focus has always been cinematography, though.
Miles recently got his dream job as a cinematographer for Marques Brownlee, the world’s biggest video technology outlet.
Here’s how he did it, and the sample movie he made that catalyzed his success in automotive filmmaking.
The Class Project That Started It All
✅ Solitude is being screened in film classrooms across the United States.
“Solitude” was a cinematography demo reel showcasing the thrill and joy of riding a nice car.
Miles made this demo reel for a documentary cinematography class at DePaul
His professor recommended he send it to car websites and auto body shops to get a job shooting their social media video
Thanks to “Solitude”, Miles was able to land a job at a high-end auto body shop, where he shot content and drove high-end cars to grow his expertise of both cameras and cars
After over a year of cutting his teeth at another business, Miles started a TikTok to talk about cars, which caught the attention of Marques.
Why Not Hollywood?
While most of his classmates wanted to go to Los Angeles, Miles was focusing on the internet. When asked why, he gave some great insights.
When asked if he thought film school was valuable for his career, he said
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