Mike Mills, The Directors Bureau

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For someone with such a small commercials output - if he does four jobs a year, it's a lot - Mike Mills of The Directors Bureau has quite the ad rep. He's near the top of just about every creative's hit list, but he turns most often to Arnold and VW, where recent jobs include the acclaimed "Bubble" and "Chain Reaction" spots. His latest commercials campaign is, oddly enough, a Time Warner package from little known agency Shepardson, Stern & Kaminsky (see Guest Review, p. 26).

Mills, who's also an accomplished graphic designer as well as a director of rarely seen and often brilliant music videos for obscure bands, is content to keep his commercials career on a slow simmer, especially now that he's preparing to shoot his first feature, Thumbsucker, which has been in the planning stages for years. As Arnold senior copywriter Joe Fallon, who's worked with Mills on several spots, notes, "Mike's the kind of director who's as much an artist as anything else. He's just got this incredible design sense that filters through everything he touches. If he devoted himself to commercials work, his future would be limitless. But I really think Mike's talents are destined for a bigger forum. If he gets to make the movies he wants, people out there who may be unfamiliar with his work will certainly know his name in the future."

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