Flying high…

Nathaniel Miller, DP, and client before aerial shoot.

Nathaniel Miller, DP, and client before aerial shoot.

Somewhere over Indiana, altitude 32,000 feet, or about 10,000 meters — October 2, 2015 — I haven’t flown by myself in years. I am headed, solo, to Los Angeles, California, aboard United Airlines Flight 1535, to visit my son Nathaniel, his wife Jenn, and their soon-to-be one year old daughter Posey. The weather was grey and stormy as we took off and for the first hour of flight but now the clouds have given way to blue skies and crisp sunlight bathes the 757.

My iPhone is playing a song from “The Traveling Wilbury’s” album, causing me to reminisce about the day, many years ago, when Nathaniel, as a teenager, helped a team of colleagues and me build the first of many iterations of television studios at The New York Stock Exchange. Financial news had been around for years, but live television from the floor of a financial institution such as the Big Board was about to debut. Those were heady times.

Nathaniel went on to college, where he studied film and video production. The college he attended was SUNY Plattsburgh, one of the coldest campuses in the world. Somehow he endured the cold winters, reveled in climbing the nearby Adirondack peaks and overall grew into a talented and caring young man. He worked at a local video production company, where he got his chops in the arduous, painstaking art of film and video editing.

He grew emotionally and intellectually. At home, a lengthy divorce of his mom and dad had taken its toll, and Nathaniel needed to muster all his emotional resources to overcome it and become the person who he soon was to become. Friends and family alike grew to give him the respect and love he so deserved.

While working in Atlanta on “The Vampire Diaries,” he met and married Wisconsin-born Jenn Nelson. They gave birth to little Posey on October 3, 2014. In the past year, Nathaniel and Jenn saved enough money to enable him to turn down all but the choicest “DP” (“Director of Photography”) assignments. Their timing couldn’t have been better. This year, in short order, producers, directors and writers began requesting Nathaniel Miller as their DP. His career took off like the proverbial Atlas rocket.

If these words read like a mushy love letter, so be it. I am bursting with one of those seven deadly sins — pride — like any father. But it’s like the moment when you take the training wheels off the bicycle and watch your child ride down the road. It’s a rich, emotional moment.

Congratulations, Nathaniel. Hugs and kisses, Jenn. And Posey…happy birthday to one lucky girl.

Nathaniel, Posey and Jenn on the pier at Venice, CA

Nathaniel, Posey and Jenn on the pier at Venice, CA

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6 Responses to “Flying high…”

  1. Warren Kaplan Says:

    AH! The proud papa and grandpapa! Well deserved too!
    I can empathize with Nathaniel’s college days freezing his butt off in Plattsburg as I went to college just across Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont! Happy first birthday Posey!!

  2. Eric Jacobson Says:

    Well done!

    “Flying solo” made me think you weren’t using an aeroplane!

  3. YAFEDER37 Says:

    Beautifully written! You da Proud Dad, and clearly bitten by the Grandparent Bug!! 🙂

    WordsandPixels Blog wrote: > WordPress.com > wordsandpixels posted: “Somewhere over Indiana, altitude 32,000 feet, > or about 10,000 meters — October 2, 2015 — I haven’t flown by myself > in years. I am headed, solo, to Los Angeles, California, aboard United > Airlines Flight 1535, to visit my son Nathaniel, his wife Jenn, and” >

  4. Janice Agatston Says:

    So beautifully said, Gary! You have so much to be proud of. I’m so happy for you and Nathaniel.

  5. Dude I like the blog but why are you poking my eyes with ice picks? White type on black? Ouch. Hurts eyes ,destroys the glyphs that form letters. please do us a favor and stop hurting us.
    Thanks

    • Ask and ye shall receive. Your observations, Bob, are right on the money. The nasty readability confronts the handsome design and the reader loses. It will be changed as soon as I get a chance. It’s been nagging at me, too, and I didn’t listen to my gut. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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