Sonny Miller’s Lesson for Us All: ‘Nature Dictates’ by Helen Hunt

Sonny Miller’s Lesson for Us All: ‘Nature Dictates’ by Helen Hunt

Written By Helen Hunt on Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/helen-hunt/sonny-millers-lesson-for-us-all-nature-dictates_b_7180194.html The white of Sonny Miller’s right eye was red. Fire engine red. He cocked his head to the side all the time, in fact, his shoulders leaned also to the right, I think. Maybe it was from carrying that box around. That box that made my movie. Six years ago, I called him. “I’ve written a movie, it takes place in the water. I hear you’re the guy. Can I send it to you?” He called me a few weeks later. “Yeah, I like it, I like it. It really captures what it’s like, right?” I told him I didn’t have any money, but I was working on it, and that if I ever got the money the question I have is: How do you make an indie in the ocean? “Yeah, yeah, we can do it.” He talked about formats and boogie boards and Go Pros and jet skis. “At the end of the day, though, nature dictates.” He repeated that phrase again and again last summer: “Nature dictates.” I’d say, “I know Sonny, I know, but I’ve got to get this. If I don’t get her saying the line over her right shoulder before the wave comes, I don’t have the scene.” “Yeah. Yeah. Right shoulder. It’ll be good. Let’s go.” And out we’d walk. Out there. Once a day, he’d say: “You can talk about it so much, and then you gotta just get out there.” He carried this box, this box that paid for his house, and his motorcycles and his dying mom’s care, and his food and...