Writing for Film: Beginners Extras


Above: an interview with Mike Mills about his film Beginners.

A confession: so there’s Mike Mills and there’s this fella interviewing him.  For multifarious and multifaceted reasons, I identify with both of them. They’re both good at what they do. That’s not the confession. This is the confession: I’d way rather be Mike Mills; I worry I’m “just” the interviewer.

I offer up that little bit of unsolicited insecurity for a couple of reasons:

  • I think it’s important to be able to point to what someone else is doing and say, “Yeah, that’s exactly what I want to do.”
  • I think it’s important to be able to articulate the (mostly irrational) fears that limit you/me/us. Like: extremely important.
  • I think it’s (extremely) important to be able to identify the strengths in what you think are your weaknesses. To wit: interviewer guy hits pay-dirt with the “emotional graffiti” observation. Yeah: I’d rather be Mike Mills (I mean: he’s married to crazy/brilliant Miranda July!) but props to interviewer guy. He’s smart, he’s observant, he’s prepared, and he cares. There are far, far worse ways to go through life. In fact, I’m pretty sure his is the only worthwhile way of going through life.

And then here’s the link to the screenplay of the film. A must-read, if you ask me.

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