HONORS AND AWARDS

HOLLYWOOD PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION (HPA) 
The Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation
Role: Technical Innovations Manager.
Developed by The Mill over a three-year period, the Blackbird was designed to address problems faced by the advertising industry when creating content for automobile commercials: car availability, model revisions, limited access to locations and footage that can quickly become outdated. Blackbird is a car rig that can be used at any time without the need to rely on a physical car.


CANNES LIONS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY
Cannes Gold | Digital Craft Lion | Innovative Use of Technology
Role: Technical Innovations Manager. and Project Manager.
The Mill has created The Mill BLACKBIRD® which sets out to transform the way automotive advertising is made – it’s a car rig that can be shot at any time, in any location, without the need to rely on a physical car. 


CANNES LIONS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY
Cannes Gold | Digital Craft Lion for Innovative Use of Technology
Role: Technical Innovations Manager and Shoot Supervisor.
The Mill was involved in every aspect of ‘HELP’, collaborating from the planning stage to assist Justin Lin and the team at Google ATAP in realizing their ambitious cinematic vision. A major challenge that The Mill helped solve was the lack of a camera rig equipped with multiple cameras (built in a full 360 degree array) and ability to follow the action in the way the director required.

After numerous tests, experimentation and R&D, The Mill developed ‘Mill Stitch’ (TM pending), a proprietary software solution that takes images from multiple cameras and then stitches the output into a continuous 360 degree view. This on-set solution provided the director and director of photography with the unique ability to dynamically move the camera to follow the high-intensity action that is the dramatic hallmark of ‘HELP’. During post-production, a more refined version of ‘Mill Stitch’ was used in tandem with several other proprietary Mill software tools to rebuild a seamless drama combining live-action and vast CG environments.

Alongside the new pipeline and desktop tools, The Mill created an app that allowed for daily viewing on a tablet so Justin and the Google ATAP team could review the film.
Collaborating with Google ATAP's team of experts and with such an acclaimed live-action director as Justin Lin allowed The Mill to flex its creative and technical muscles to solve new and complex challenges.


CANNES LIONS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY
Cannes Gold | Digital Craft Lion | Virtual Reality
Role: Technical Innovations Manager and Shoot Supervisor.
In the context of recent immersive or virtual reality (VR) productions, ‘HELP’ is groundbreaking in that it combines live action and computer graphics in a 360 environment, creating an action-driven story deploying cinematic quality visual effects. 

THE ONE SHOW
Gold pencil | Responsive Environments | Use of Technology category
Role: Technical Innovations Manager and Shoot Supervisor.
Chevrolet ‘The Human Race

THE ONE SHOW
Silver Pencil | Intellectual Property | Integrated Digital & Physical Product category
Role: Technical Innovations Manager and Shoot Supervisor.
Chevrolet ‘The Human Race


TECHNICOLOR ENGINEERING AWARDS
Recognition for outstanding technology contribution and the impact on business and operations.
Role: Technical Innovations Manager and Product Developmet.


SOUTH BY SOUTH WEST INTERACTIVE INNOVATION AWARDS
Gold | Innovation Award | AR/VR breakthrough
Role: Technical Innovations Manager and Product development lead. 
'Mill stitch' an award winning onset directors tool. It was originally built to enable director Justin Lin to orchestrate 360-degree action of ‘HELP’ in real-time, as the images fed through a series of cameras.


INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF DIGITAL ARTS AND SCIENCES
Webby Award
Role: Technical Innovations Manager and Shoot Supervisor.
Recognition for technical achievement in 20th Webby awards for work done on Justin Lin/ Google ATAP Spotlight Stories/ The Mill VR content piece "Help"