Phoenix Filmmaker Travis Mills: 100 Creatives
Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 86. Travis Mills.
Courtesy of Travis Mills Meet the Phoenix filmmaker.
Travis Mills doesn't run short on ambition.
The downtown Phoenix-based filmmaker cofounded Running Wild Films, a company that embarked on a challenge to make 52 short films in 52 weeks over the course of 2013. Running Wild screened its finished products earlier this year. While Mills and company aren't aiming to match last year's pace, they're keeping plenty busy with new projects.
"We are finishing our latest baseball feature film Duel at the Mound and preparing to make a movie about local legend Jack Durant," says Mills, 28.
I came to Phoenix with a rare perspective, having grown up in the Comoros Islands off the East coast of Africa.
I make art because it's what I do. I wouldn't even call it art; this work is no different than a blacksmith's or carpenter's.
I'm most productive when I am surrounded by a great team, which I have found over the years amongst the film crew and actors in Phoenix.
My inspiration wall is full of pictures of classic movies torn out of books and Edward Hopper paintings.
I've learned most from Gus Edwards (playwright who started my company with me), Paul Cook (ASU professor, novelist), and Werner Herzog (filmmaker).
Good work should always come from your gut, your instincts.
The Phoenix creative scene could use more ambition.
See the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives:
100. Bill Dambrova
99. Niki Blaker
98. Jeff Slim
97. Beth May
96. Doug Bell
95. Daniel Langhans
94. Nanibaa Beck
93. Nicole Royse
92. Ib Andersen
91. Casandra Hernandez
90. Chris Reed
89. Shelby Maticic
88. Olivia Timmons
87. Courtney Price