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Selling Rosario

December 15, 2017

Selling Rosario

Ten international film festivals later, it’s time to share the story behind our award-winning narrative short, “Selling Rosario.”

“Selling Rosario” is an independent project with women in most key production roles and as co-writer, co-director, an all-Latino cast, original music, and an historic California location that also inspired Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

While filming a public service campaign on a farm in California’s Central Valley, the San Francisco-based writing/directing team, Iana Simeonov and Michael Winokur, stumbled across a ramshackle building with an eviction notice stapled to the front door. Curious, they walked in to discover an empty migrant labor camp. Only days before, its residents had been removed by the owner and police. Making their way through that camp, so recently full of life and now so eerily empty, they wondered what stories it could tell. The result was their script, “Selling Rosario.”

After winning the pitch competition at the Napa Valley Film Festival, Simeonov and Winokur asked Emily Miller Productions to produce their film. Three months later, we were ready to shoot. We gathered a team of experienced crew, veteran stars and shiny new talent, esteemed musicians, and the magical tenacity of many, from California to New York. The secret to producing this film was a beautiful script. All of our production deals and favors stemmed from a love for the story.

Panem Pictures

February 9, 2017

Created by Panem Pictures

Kids Are Alright

February 8, 2017






Created for i-D
Photographer: Joost Vandebrug
Producer: Emily Miller with Lock UK and Six Wolves

Virtual Reality

February 7, 2017

Oculus VR

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Client: Oculus VR
Photographer: Bart Nagel
Producer: Emily Miller

Shanghai Short

February 2, 2017

Our concept short for Nike was inspired by a ping-pong mentor-protégé relationship at a Shanghai recreation center.

Director: Michael Sugrue
Producer: Emily Miller
Local Production: TenEighty
Equipment: Redgate

Room Service

February 1, 2017

Client: Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Agency: Cramer-Krasselt
Photographer: Paul Ross Jones
Rep: VISU
Producer: Emily Miller

OUR SHOOT: EMP produced photography and video for Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ global advertising campaign “Stay Hilton. Go Everywhere.” With Paul Ross Jones, the award-winning photographer from New Zealand, we stayed Hilton and produced everywhere: Sedona, Beverly Hills, Prague, New York, Waikaloa and Los Cabos.

THE CHALLENGE: For this six-week shoot featuring seven hotel properties in three countries, EMP reached far and wide to source each local production. We synchronized our watches and teams in every location including: scouts, casting directors, transport chiefs, hybrid still and motion crews and equipment – prepared to shoot in desert heat, tropical humidity, seasonal rain and snow.

As lead liaison between photographer, art directors, crews and hotel coordinators, we needed to anticipate and answer everybody’s unique needs. Like gaining access to a rooftop lounge overlooking Manhattan’s skyline to film during the weekend rush hour, negotiating permission to shoot underwater with dolphins on the Big Island, and finding an ultralight aircraft to propel Paul with his camera above the Baja coastline.

THE UPSHOT: We turned storyboards into action and successfully coordinated a matrix of people, places and plans. Ready to see the world one Hilton at a time, we packed our suitcase, mobile production office and travel agent’s home phone number. We booked a production roster with more than 100 of our vetted crew and top talent, and delivered our production in peak form and under budget. Go EMP!

Tokyo Faces

January 1, 2017

Director: Michael Sugrue
Producer: Emily Miller

Love Song

November 7, 2015

Director: Michael Sugrue
Producer: Emily Miller
Shot in Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada
Special thanks to Richard Martin, and throat singers Rebecca Penney and Sarah Iqqaat

Official Selection

August 17, 2015

Warm Shadow

Alongside producing advertising campaigns, photography shoots, and commercial videos, we make short films.
“Warm Shadow” began as a narrative concept and turned into a music video, art project, and ode to one of our favorite music artists, Fink.

Thanks to being selected for the HollyShorts 2015 film festival, “Warm Shadow” premiered at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. With director Frank Leeman, we credit many SF Bay Area filmmaking stars for their collaboration, and the incredibly talented Fin Greenall for his inspiration. Our heartfelt appreciation to the puppeteers at Images in Motion, who crafted the metaphoric centerpiece of the film with 3D model making – it’s amazing what paper, scissors, and love can do.

Freeze Frames

July 2, 2015

This winter, for our return client, Visa, we linked arms with their US and Canadian teams, as well as the North West Company, to produce a short film about their payment partnership.

Our crew traveled for two days to reach Baker Lake in Nunavut, to shoot interviews and environmental b-roll – by tundra boots, snowmobiles, vans and several planes.

Producing a shoot in a faraway Canadian Arctic community, with a population of less than 2,000 people, required deep local insight, as well as militant attention to logistics and provisions.

Truly a team production, we were supported by many locals, who offered generous access, opened their family homes, and shared their personal stories with us.

For after-hours entertainment, we dressed in four layers of expedition gear, and ventured in darkness onto the frozen lake to watch the spectacular Northern Lights. We learned so much from this special production, including that Fahrenheit and Celsius at some point actually agreed: -40°F = -40°C.

Most importantly, we discovered that there is a very warm welcome to be found in the Arctic.

Director: Michael Sugrue
Producer: Emily Miller
Special thanks to our Winnipeg crew, João Luiz Holowka and John Hildebrand, and Midcan Production Services

Visa Canada

Visa Canada

Visa Canada

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