Mike Mills' blog of
the film Beginners.

Mike's Intro




Ladies and Gentlemen, Chris Miller our Beginners locations manager! You're just never gonna find such a gentlemanly, intelligent, calm, funny, well-organized locations guy. He was marvelously insightful regarding the story, the world I was trying to create, and the kind way I hope our production interfaced with the world we worked in. Chris, you may not know this, but in my Q and As at screenings people constantly comment about how we used Los Angeles in the film. I did want it to be a real part of the story, to make geographic sense, and show parts of LA that are real to me and my friends’ lives. Chris ate up this process and made my dreams come true. He was a key part of what made this whole adventure have such a nice and humane vibe, and was really our ambassador as we went out and met the world.

1. Favorite color and your Astrological sign?

(Really?) Red, Capricorn.

2. If you could travel in time, to what moment, era, epoch would you go?

Toss-up: medieval period in Europe/the 60s/2hours from now.

3. If the number 5 was a color, what color would it be?

Red. (5 is my favorite number). And it would be female. I have always identified numbers with gender. But that's not what you asked is it...

4. In 3 sentences, or less, how did you get into your present line of work?

Dated a girl who became my wife and is now my ex-wife whose stepfather was a big Production Designer. A week into dating, the Northridge earthquake happened leaving her homeless and both of us to help clean up her mom & stepdad's house in Northridge. So her step liked me enough to get me an interview with the location manager on the feature he was working on and the rest is just as uninteresting.

5. If you were an animal what animal would you be?

When I was a kid I would always say "EAGLE!" because I always wanted to fly but everyone always told me that was too predictable. Even though I avoided the popular answer "meerkat" during the Lion King years, and nobody asked me that question during that time, I've never had a clear answer in mind for this question. So for now I'd have to say I'd likely be a dog.

6. Any memory about Beginners you'd like to share?

The whole experience was extremely unique. What I enjoyed most about it was cold scouting with you, not to sound kiss-assy, because it's not often that I get to explore with the creator of a project. I'm usually one or two steps removed. So to have that communication unfiltered more or less brought the idea that I was involved more closely with the creative process of the film. A great reward in knowing that I may have contributed firsthand.

7. You're leaving for a desert island tonight, forever, you can bring one book and one record; which ones?

Book: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Album: none

8. If you were a character from the Muppets, which one?


9. If you had a memoir, what would the title be?

Good lord, that's a tough one. I've been through so many incarnations & adventures so far, some lasting only days, some years. To summarize into a book title... I'm not that clever. When I was the Singer/Songwriter it would have been called "Great Songs by Someone Totally Fakin' It" When I became a near-master of deception, "Adventures in Lying... Just Kidding." After all that came to an inevitable end, "How I Got Over Myself & In the Process Fell In Love With The Human Race - Beta Test Volume 1". I think I'd finally settle on "Terries in the Underbrush" which is an inside joke/story that I can't remember the origin/story of any longer.

10. If you could ask me any question what would it be?

You mean I can't ask you any question? :-)