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The hilarious, implausible, and touching story of twin brothers accomplishing the impossible—making a feature film (with a cast and crew with 11 Academy Awards and 26 nominations) with no experience, no money and no contacts.
When identical twin brothers Logan and Noah Miller's homeless father died alone in a jail cell, they vowed, come hell or high water, that their film, Touching Home, would be made as a dedication to their love for him. Either You're in or You're in the Way is the amazing story of how—without a dime to their names nor a single meaningful contact in Hollywood—they managed to write, produce, direct, and act in a feature film alongside four-time Academy Award-nominated actor Ed Harris and fellow nominees Brad Dourif and Robert Forster.
Either You're in or You're in the Way tells of the desperate struggle of two sons fighting to keep a vow to their father, and in so doing, creating a better life for themselves. A modern-day Horatio Alger on steroids, this fast-paced thrill ride of heartbreak and redemption will both captivate and inspire.
Writing with Four Hands by Logan and Noah Miller
When shooting a movie, every faculty is humming at its highest frequency. You don't sleep. It's intoxicating. You're operating on the edge of delirium and grandiose promises of immortality. You think that if you do everything right the gift of the gods is attainable. And then it ends. And there you are each morning. Alone again.
We were left with an emotional hangover after we finished directing Touching Home, a movie about us and our father. Less than a year earlier our father had passed away in jail. On that day, we had made a vow to him that we would make our movie--and we had just realized that commitment. We were supposed to be happy now. But we were miserable. For the last 350 days all our thoughts had been on the mission, the team of people we were working with. Now our thoughts were focused inward and it was a tough place to be.
But the torment wasn’t enough…
So we decided to dive into another long-shot mission: Write a book about our moviemaking hell-ride.
Where would we find the time? After all, we were still making the movie—post-production, editing. We searched for days. And then found it in the sleeping patterns of our editor, Academy Award nominee, Robert Dalva.
You see, Robert is a night man. Not a party man, just a guy that goes to bed late. We are morning men--we go to bed early and rise early, like man before electricity. Robert showed up at our house each day at 11am, where we were cutting picture downstairs. This gave us several hours to write each morning before he showed up.
And we write with four hands, which sometimes takes twice as long.
One man types while the other writes freehand. Then we blend it. We only have one computer so space and time are limited. Logan is the typer and Noah is the handwriter. And it's never pretty. One bro furiously smashing plastic squares, the other furiously carving ink onto paper. Later, the two are brought together in a clash of abusive language, each brother claiming the other is bipolar, illegitimate, the bastard son of an entire city. That their mother sang lullabies to one and terrible songs to the other. That his diaper was rarely changed and it ruined his brain. That he has written absolute tripe. That it belongs in the trash heap of failed street poets. We yell and scream. We throw chairs and hot cups of coffee. Punch holes in the sheetrock… And somehow, before Robert arrived, we had embedded words into the memory of our computer.
Writing the book brought back the excitement, allowed us to relive the boom and noise, the chaos and uncertainty. It unleashed the dopamine gush, washed the drug over the brain, gave us another goal.
We started writing in mid-April 2007 and had an ugly draft by October. We cut through it with a chainsaw and by February 2008 it was prettier and ready to product test. We gave the draft to a few trusted friends, one of them being national bestselling author Tess Uriza Holthe. Tess and the crew liked the manuscript--and they are a very tough bunch. Tess gave the manuscript to her agent. It was an unpleasant week, the mental sauna--the self-inflicted victimization that all writers suffer when waiting to hear what an agent thinks of their work. It gives you the stomach jungle; hot rivers, chimps, and hairy insects howling in your gut. Then Mary Ann called and said that she really liked our manuscript and our temperature left the tropics. She gave us some notes, we went back into the manuscript, smoothed out some things, and then it was ready to send to publishers.
An editor at HarperCollins read our manuscript the morning it was sent out and then tossed it up the ladder to his boss, who took it home that night. The following day HarperCollins made us an offer--and we took it. They were extremely enthusiastic about our book and we were equally enthusiastic about being paid. It had taken us nearly ten years of writing diligently, working one mindless job after another, to finally get a paycheck for mental work. It was time to move on from Top Ramen. Of course, we’ll revisit the noodle delicacy, but out of choice, rather than necessity.
So we signed the contract with HarperCollins and began working with an editor on turning the book into something the entire world would appreciate--another delusion. And now we’re done. For now.
It was our intention to make a movie, not write a book. By accident, we did both.
And now we're here. Wherever that is. Somewhere between obscurity and the rocket ride.
Movie Stills from Touching Home (Click to Enlarge)
|Ed Harris (playing our father) at the Papermill Creek Saloon, a rock throw from the "Shed"||Logan working on his abs in the rain--after the fight scene.||The brothers argue on Red Barn Road. There's about seventy people just off-screen.|
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Twin brothers Noah and Logan are devastated when their alcoholic father dies in jail. Determined to pay tribute to his difficult life, the Millers head to Los Angeles to make an independent film about his plight. With virtually no money and few connections in Hollywood, the twins barrel ahead, reading books on filmmaking and placing phone calls to studios. After impressing an executive at Panavision with their passion and focus, the twins receive a Panavision New Filmmaker grant, which gives them access to the equipment necessary to make their movie. They manage to assemble a crew on their limited budget, but two major challenges await them: getting financing for the film and convincing Ed Harris, the actor they’re convinced must play their father, to take the role. Luck and sheer determination come together to allow the twins to make their movie, despite the overwhelming odds against them. An upbeat and downright inspiring read, the Millers limn both the nail-biting tension they endure as they face each hurdle and the heights they reach with their many triumphs. --Kristine Huntley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This was an awesome book, too bad the movie didn't live up to the way it was made out to be in the book...Published 17 months ago by Gabriel Cianchetti
This book and the resulting film are wonderful— I found the Miller Brothers are not only intensely energetic and their work/story inspirational but the best and most effective... Read morePublished 19 months ago by HKrum
Was lucky enough to receive the copy of the book autographed by the film producer. I enjoyed every word and admired the tenacity of the Miller twins. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Laurie B. Kirby
This is an inspiring memoir of sorts about a pair of brothers (the Millers, identical twins) who are trying to fulfill a promise to make a movie about their alcoholic, homeless... Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by Carol Toscano
I chose a 5 star rating for this book because I could not put it down, start to finish! These guys are amazing! Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Philly Girl
I actually read this book two or three years ago at the library and wanted my own copy. When I say I read it "at" the library, that's exactly what I did. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by David A. Barak
I am writing a story about a my own similarly dysfunctional family dynamics, so on that level, they had me at hello. Read morePublished on July 6, 2011 by angsty
The authors worked very hard and I did learn a little about the film industry, which was something I wanted out of the book. But everything was very jokey or dramatic. Read morePublished on January 15, 2011 by K.W.
The Miller Brothers have put together an unconventional "How To" book for aspiring filmmakers that will not only be informative to newbies, but entertaining to industry vets. Read morePublished on December 27, 2010 by Nelson Aspen