Biography

Director of Photography C. Kim Miles csc has enjoyed more than two decades’ experience in the business of filmmaking. Beginning as a grip at the age of fifteen, he worked his way up through the various steps of the camera and lighting departments, beginning to direct photography on commercials for award-winning director Jerry McKenna in 1997.

  

Since then, Miles has photographed over forty long-form projects, forty commercials and music videos. His experience with the highly stylized world of advertising affords a different approach to his lighting. Adapting the photography of each picture to the story is of course paramount, and Miles has developed a growing reputation for giving each project a level of quality uncommon to the independent production while endowing each picture with a style unique unto itself. Working within the constraints of short shooting schedules and limited finances has allowed him to hone his creative skills to deliver consistently superior cinematography, on time and on budget.

Miles is currently enjoying the audience reception of his latest project, “Mortal Kombat: Legacy”, in collaboration with director Kevin Tancharoen for Warner Brothers Premiere. The digital series spawned a viral Machinima/YouTube sensation in support of the release of the latest edition of the video game franchise. Shot with a uniquely theatrical aesthetic, “Kombat” has not only raised the bar for Miles’ work, but also for digital series everywhere. With over fifty million views to date and counting, and an average 96% approval rating, the project has demonstrated the viability of a digital series as a modern delivery method. Complete episodes of the series are available for viewing in the portfolio section of this website.

Miles’ 2010 collaboration with director Paul A. Kaufman, “Sins of the Mother”, resulted in Lifetime Movie Network’s second highest viewership numbers of all time, their highest African American audience in history, and the second-highest rated Lifetime Movie Network film of all time. Other recent projects include acclaimed CBC mini-series “Darwin’s Brave New World” , features “Blonde and Blonder” with Pamela Anderson and Denise Richards, “Odysseus and the Isle of the Mist” with Terry Ingram, ”The French Guy” with director Ann Marie Fleming, for which Miles received a Leo Award nomination for Excellence in Cinematography, “Hank Williams First Nation” that premiered at the AFI Festival in 2005, “A Dennis the Menace Christmas” with director Ron Oliver for Warner Premiere with Academy Award winner Louise Fletcher, “Third Man Out”, “Shock to the System”, “On the Other Hand, Death” and “Ice Blues” for Regent Entertainment and “Wyvern”, “Trial by Fire”, “Termination Point”, “Dark Storm” and “Not My Life” for CineTel Pictures. Miles’ television movie credits include “Chasing Christmas” for ABC Family, “Stranger with my Face”, “Criminal Intent”, “Stranger in my Bed”, “and “Fatal Reunion” among others for Lifetime Television. His television series credits include two seasons of “Alienated” for BrightLight Pictures and Pilot “Daingerfield” for Gold Star Productions. Miles’ recent collaborators have included such noted directors as Kevin Tancharoen, Ron Oliver, Paul A. Kaufman, Bill Dear, Allan Kroeker, Bob Clark, Terry Ingram and David DeCoteau.

Miles is a member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers and a Director of Photography with the International Cinematographers’ Guild, IATSE Local 669.

When not on set, Miles enjoys time with his wife Joanna and daughter Merdeka near Vancouver, BC.

Recent Experience
  • Feature & Episodic

    2012 - The Wishing Tree: Terry Ingram, Director for Hallmark Channel
    Cast: Jason Gedrick, Erica Cerra

    2012 - Broken Trust - Ron Oliver, Director for Lifetime Movie Network
    Cast: Laura Vandervoort, Sean Roberts

    2011 - Mortal Kombat: Legacy - Kevin Tancharoen, Director for Warner Brothers Premiere 2011
    Cast: Michael Jai White, Jeri Ryan

    2011 - The Pastor's Wife: Norma Bailey, Director for Lifetime Movie Network
    Cast: Rose McGowan, Michael Shanks

    2011 - The Hunt for the I-5 Killer: Allan Kroeker, Director for Lifetime Movie Network
    Cast: John Corbett, Sara Canning

    2011 - A Mile in His Shoes: William Dear, Director for The Gospel Music Channel
    Cast: Dean Cain, Luke Schroder

    2011 - To The Mat: Robert Iscove, Director for E-One Television
    Cast: Rick Schroder, Laura Bell Bundy

    2011 - The Woodcarver: Terry Ingram, Director for Vivendi Entertainment
    Cast: John Ratzenberger, Woody Jeffreys

    2010 - Smoke Screen: Gary Yates, Director for Lifetime Movie Network
    Cast: Jamie Pressley, Currie Graham

    2010 - On Strike for Christmas: Robert Iscove, Director for Lifetime Movie Network
    Cast: Daphne Zuniga, David Sutcliffe

    2010 - Sins of the Mother - Paul Kaufman, Director for Lifetime Movie Network
    Cast: Jill Scott, Nicole Beharie

    2010 - Darwin's Brave New World - Lisa Matthews, Director for the Screen Australia
    Cast: Socratis Otto, Katie Fitchett

Accolades and Associations
  • Awards & Nominations

    2012 - Society of Canadian Cinematographers (CSC)
    Nomination for Best Cinematography in a Short Dramatic "Mortal Kombat: Legacy"

    1998 - Association of Accredited Advertising Agents of Malaysia
    Award For Outstanding Cinematography in a Commercial "Pallas Jazz"

    2012 - International Academy of Web Television Awards
    Nomination For Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Series "Mortal Kombat: Legacy"

    2009 - Leo Awards
    Nomination For Excellence in Cinematography in a Documentary "Darwin's Brave New World"

    2008 - Leo Awards
    Nomination For Excellence in Cinematography in a Documentary "Dreams of Flight: A Portrait of Johansson"

    2006 - Leo Awards
    Nomination For Excellence in Cinematography in a Feature Length Drama "The French Guy"

  • Guild and Union

    Member - Canadian Society of Cinematographers

    Member - International Cinematographers' Guild - IATSE Local 669