Drew Miller is a 24 year old filmmaker, currently living in the Sunshine State. His most recent work is ‘What’s What’ (featured above). I was turned on to Drew’s work when I approached his collaborator, Eric Hires, for an interview. You can check out our interview with Eric here, and watch me pick Drew’s brain below.
When and where did you learn to surf?
I grew up in central Florida, in the small citrus town of Lake Wales. I made trips with neighborhood friends to Ft. Pierce Florida and surfed the North Jetty. The North Jetty is a great all around wave. In 2007 I moved to St. Augustine, and released my inner log demon.
What was your first board?
My first board was a 70’s style single fin, that I found in a friend’s basement. That kind of set the tone for the rest of my surfing career. I still love riding boards like that.
You’re a Florida boy…have you ever ventured up to the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest?
Ocean Beach in SF is as far North as I’ve surfed on the west coast. I paddled out in my 3.2 and froze my butt off….but the waves were great!
What’s unique about surfing in Florida?
The people. I rarely paddle out and encounter negativity. The water stays warm most of the year. We may not have the best waves in the world, but we spend a lot of time in the water.
When did you first get involved with film?
I’ve been shooting video since middle school. Its always been a passion of mine. I went to Flagler College in St. Augustine Florida, and studied Production. That’s when I started making movies that really got me excited. I was hooked from the beginning, and love it.
What’s it like working with Eric?
Eric is a man’s man. When I grow up I want to be more like him. He’s always down to get’r done.
Yeah I just said that…Because its true!
Tell us about working with Justin Quintal and Chad Doyle, on What’s What.
Justin is a freak. The waves were so crappy and he just went nuts. We’ve been collaborating on surfing shorts a lot lately and we both agree that we just want to document these sessions and create rad stuff. Chad Doyle is my favorite surfer. He’s such a rad dude, and has one of the best styles on the east coast. Chad and his goony compadres are the guys behind the Peninsula Holding Company. They make really unique boards in Daytona Beach, FL. They’re some of the first guys I started shooting with, after moving to St. Augustine in 2007.
Outside of film & surfing, what are your other interests?
I really like watching movies. I usually watch at least one movie a day. Some might say I’m wasting my time, but I say I’m doing research. I love thrifting and finding worthless treasures with my girlfriend, Lisa. That being said…surfing and video are pretty central to who I am. Hanging with Dustin Miller and Eric is always inspiring. We make a rad team.
What’s are your plans for 2012?
I just want to create. There are so many talented people in Florida, and I think video is a great platform for showing the world what the Florida kids are up to. Shooting is just too damn fun to stop.
Drew has over 50 short films on his Vimeo page. Get your ass over there, and check them out! Hopefully we can get the Flagler Lions up to Washington sometime soon, to shoot some cold Northwest stoke. ;)