The National gave Mills about 15 songs, some unfinished, some with lyrics, some without, and so began a two-year collaborative process which evolved into this stunning short film.
Shot over five days in Los Angeles on “a limited budget but unlimited freedom”, with the subtitles as the script, Mills would send rough-cut segments to the band who would send back vocals, an improvised process which built up over a year of editing.
Listen to Mills talking about the creative process in his accompanying commentary, above.
The National, I Am Easy To Find
Written and directed by Mike Mills
Cinematography by Daniel Voldheim
Production Design by Victoria Morris
Costume Design by Danielle Kays
Edited by Aaron Beckum
Music Mix by Jonathan Low
Sound Design and Re-Recording Mix by Zach Seivers
Produced by Geoff Linville
Produced by Emma Wilcockson & David Zander
Executive Produced by Youree Henley
Casting by Good People Casting