This is Just a Test creates moving images across all platforms.
Founded by good friends Aengus James and Colin Miller, TIJAT began in 2010 as an experiment into new media. Under TIJAT, James has created and directed campaigns and commercials for major brands such as Pepsi, Dove, Claritin, Jaguar, Bausch+Lomb, Anvil, as well as a number of non-profits we are proud to be associated with such as the National Endowment for the Arts. Our work has received a number of honors including special recognition from the White House and the United Nations.
In TV, TIJAT is currently producing 12 shows for a wide variety of networks including History, Nat Geo, CNN, Travel, Animal Planet, Oxygen, G4/Esquire, AMC, Spike. Most recently, our History series “Big Rig Bounty Hunters” rated as the #2 factual show of the night for 8 consecutive weeks. In partnership with United States Homeland Security, TIJAT produced “Under Siege” for Discovery, a look inside border terrorism and smuggling. James also created the 13 episode series “Madhouse” for History.
In film, our first creation, “American Harmony”, was recognized by a number of critics and film festival awards in 2009 – including San Diego FF, Sedona FF, and IDA nominee. It was distributed profitably to over 25 theaters across the country through a truly innovative process of empowering consumers and tracking demand. Current projects include a feature horror film (post-production) and two documentaries (in-production).
In just the few short years in business, our dream to tell stories combined with our irreverence for outdated production methodologies has established This is Just a Test as a truly next generation content creator in television, film, digital, mobile, and beyond.
What makes us truly unique is our creative ingenuity and proficiency in maximizing production value.
Our innovative methodology stems from years of producing on shoestring budgets. Our mantra: create excellence despite the budgetary restrictions. We view these restrictions as provocation for innovation - to raise the bar on content creation. We have excelled at this.
Production today must be lean and smart. The next generation filmmaker; works fluidly across platforms. By embracing technology and integrating departments, quality and efficiency increase while costs decrease. TIJAT is the next generation of content production.
TIJAT = CREATIVITY + TECHNOLOGY + EFFICIENCY
As co-founder and head of creative, Aengus runs development and oversees creative of all projects across all platforms. He is an award winning filmmaker, commercial director, and executive producer. He is currently producing a slate of television series and specials for networks including History, Discovery, and Sundance. Aengus has created and directed campaigns for major brands such as Pepsi, Dove, Claritin, Jaguar, among others. His most recent commercial transmedia campaign generated 90 million media impressions in a single week. Aengus’ feature documentary AMERICAN HARMONY received critical acclaim (Variety) and film festival prizes (San Diego Film Festival, Sedona Film Festival, IDA nominee). He co-created and executive produced the 13 episode series MADHOUSE for History. He was the cinematographer for Academy Award winner Barry Levinson's film essay POLIWOOD. He then teamed up with Levinson again to produce a documentary on the obesity epidemic. A core portion of Aengus’ work can be seen in campaigns for non-profits such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Vets, The Creative Coalition, and Children’s Action Network.
In addition to This is Just a Test, Aengus serves on the advisory board of the Creative Coalition and the executive board of World Child Project - a non-profit which aims to break children free from the cycle of child poverty. Click here to learn more about WCP.
COLIN KING MILLER
As co-founder and head of production, Colin runs TIJAT and manages all of TIJAT's projects in production across all platforms including television series, digital and commercial campaigns, and films. Colin brings a comprehensive understanding of film production from the major motion picture industry to the independent production world. For seven and a half years, he worked in production for the Walt Disney Company where he served as the Production Finance Lead on a number of Disney’s tent-pole animated films (TANGLED, WRECK-IT RALPH, PREP AND LANDING). In addition, Colin produced the critically acclaimed film and audience favorite, AMERICAN HARMONY, which won various film festival awards. Prior to working in the entertainment industry, Colin served time on Wall Street working as an investment banker for Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank (formerly Salomon Smith Barney).