Thursday, March 4, 2010
Finally a long overdue update and report on the status of MR OCEAN LINER - The Life and Times of Bill Miller! I am very pleased to report that principal photography is nearly completed. Several months and multiple trips have included round trip transatlantic crossings on both the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, a Grand Estate dinner in the United Kingdom, to the spectacular opening of the NORMANDIE exhibit Decodence at South Street Seaport in New York.
Fabulous interviews have been recorded with close friends and associates, not to mention candid and insightful conversations on camera with our “Man of the Hour” Mr Miller, exploring his life from childhood to teaching, all the while building a career as one of the great authors and experts in his field. I have scanned hundreds of vintage photographs, newspaper clippings, book covers and have included an intimate look into Bill’s personal exhibit of Ocean Liner artwork and miniature models that adorn the walls and shelves of his private home.
I am proud to have captured the memories and commentary from a host of amazing people who have known Bill over the years. Some familiar names include, Commodore Bernard Warner, Captain Ian McNaught, the one and only Thomas Quinones, Chief Purser Jonathan Leavor, Dr. Martin Carroll, Entertainment Director Alastair Greener, International Floral Designer and Lecturer Howard Franklin, longtime friend and Maritime Collectibles Dealer Dick Faber, Broadway Producer Steve Rivellino, Assistant Entertainment Director Amanda Reid, Singer Paul Ritchie, fellow teacher and actress Margo Singaliese, composer and teacher Peter Ising and NY Port Operations Manager Tony LaForgia, to mention a few. Upcoming interviews are still scheduled and soon the documentation will be complete.
The great challenge and true creative work has already begun as I edit together over 25 hours of raw video and sill images to chisel out an hour program that shares an entertaining and compelling look at the man who has inspired us, moved us, entertained us, educated us, and who is a special dear friend to so many who have the wonderful opportunity to know him.
We should be on track for an end of May or June completion date as long as production and post production continues on this path. Further updates will follow as available.
Posted by Robert Neal Marshall at 7:08 PM