My first major creative work got my writing banned, thus setting into motion my early escape from high school and entry into college at age 15. The trend of writing controversial work that has unexpected consequences has been a theme of my entire life – I am at heart an antiestablishmentarian. After college I moved to Los Angeles to begin the long struggle towards a screenwriting career. Simultaneously I became a technology consultant to avoid starvation. Each new script has brought me closer to the elusive goal of earning a living off my writing, as well as altering the trajectory of my life in unexpected ways. The dual lives of creative writing and technology have allowed me to work for and with A-list celebrities, producers, VFX houses, post-production houses, architecture firms, real estate moguls, and self-made millionaires and billionaires. I am uniquely qualified to work in an industry that must understand that unless it embraces emerging technologies it will be buried by them. That is why I prefer to work with independent thinkers, mavericks, and entrepreneurs – they are the first to accept radical ideas that challenge their assumptions, and they force me to question my own. My tenaciousness knows no end, which is why after three decades of physical sloth I became a marathon runner and Ironman triathlete.
Max Miller was Britain’s top comedian from the 1930’s through the 1950’s. Known as “the Cheeky Chappy” he sang bawdy songs and performed stand-up comedy to delighted, drunken Brits. After his death in 1963 he spent his childhood in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. where he developed a deep connection to the post-punk music scene and anti-corporate community movements. He left high school after tenth grade to enter Simon’s Rock College in western Massachusetts where he was taught the skills that transformed him from an obnoxious adolescent into a downright dangerous adult. He moved to Los Angeles in 1994 to pursue a screenwriting career and eventually own a dog. Mr. Miller at first optioned several of his feature screenplays to people who thought they were producers. Through that process he learned that saying “I love it” is free and real love means someone is willing to risk something for the material. In 2003 he was hired to write the urban actioner “GAME OVER“. Sure, it’s no Citizen Kane, but it was a good experience in low budget, independent filmmaking. Some of his scripts have made it pretty far along in screenplay competitions, but writing for competition and writing for a sale are two different things entirely. He’s done writer-for-hire work, treatments for unproduced work, and original spec material. He had two dogs: DeSoto and Zilla but now it’s just Zilla. When not working on new material Max can be found training for triathlon, writing about his triathlon training, working as a ronin CTO, looking for parking, or changing his outgoing phone message. His writing and his life share the theme of antiestablishmentarianism: rebelling against authority that seeks conformity.
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