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Interview with 'See See TV' director - Russell Miller

How did you first break into the industry?

I gained a BAFTA Scotland New Talent nomination in 2016 for my dark comedy, Last Exit to Ricklesburgh. I went on to create online comedy for BBC Scotland, garnering over six million views and from there, I then developed a BBC podcast which was subsequently adapted into the nationally broadcast television show, May Contain Nuts which ran for two seasons. I founded Dark Recess with my brother, Chris Miller (musician) and good friends, Craig-James Moncur (cinematographer) and Jack Fox (visual effects artist) as a means to bring together filmmakers with a passion for horror.

Who/What inspires you as a director?

I'm inspired by the intricacies of real life and the idiosyncrasies of people. I always like to question the motivations behind why someone does what they do and this usually leads to creating stories that may or may not exist in reality. A director that I admire is Edgar Wright, because I love his attention to detail and how you can see the absolute intention of every single one of his shots.

What was your best set moment on ’See See TV’?

When we were shooting the final scene that takes place in Ellie's bedroom, our actor who played The Engineer was unavailable, so I had to step in to play the character. It was great fun bludgeoning a dummy, made from sticks and sand, while wearing a rubber mask that restricted my sight and breathing!

What sort of person is going to love this short?

If you're the sort of horror fan who enjoys a slow burn that gets under your skin, leading up to a disturbing pay-off, then you'll love See See TV.

What advice would you give aspiring directors?

My only advice for aspiring directors would be to get something made as soon as possible. Don't procrastinate. Write something, film it, edit it and get it seen! Then keep doing it.

Where can we find more of your work?

Dark Recess is a new platform but we have lots more content coming up very soon! You can check out my BAFTA-nominated dark comedy, Last Exit to Ricklesburgh in the meantime! -

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