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Christopher Mills is a Canadian director, editor, animator and cinematographer. He has directed, short films, long-format films, life performance films and music videos for bands such as Modest Mouse, Interpol, Broken Social Scene, Blue Rodeo, Metric, The Joy Formidable, Senses Fail, Tortoise, The Dead Weather, The Tragically Hip, Ken Mode, Rush, and Breaking Benjamin, and many more. He has also worked on commercials, short films, documentaries, projection installations, live visual projections, and album covers. Mills' style and work is "Renowned for his unique mix of live action, 2D and 3D filmmaking techniques" according to the writer Anne T. Donahue. "Mills has taken otherwise simple concepts and helped make them magical, transforming each video from a standard visual counterpart to an entirely different form of expression".
Mills's work has been regarded in Rolling Stone, SPIN, COUPE, and many other magazines and zine-sites including shout outs from Kanye West’s blog and MTV.com. His work has been played on Oprah, MTV, MTV2, VH1, Much Music, and other music video networks worldwide. Mills has given lectures and screenings in respected universities, global film festivals, and at Canada’s National Art Gallery. His work has been nominated for and has earned multiple awards, including MTV awards, MTV2 awards, Much Music Video Awards, Juno Awards, International Broadcasting Advertising awards. His video of Interpol's PDA was nominated for an MTV2 Awards in 2003 "Float On", for Modest Mouse, won the MTV “woody” award, was nominated for the MTV “breakthrough video” award, and was nominated for the MTV2 award.
Mills has contributed to and collaborated with musicians and advertisers in a variety of media, ranging from simple drawings for Broken Social Scene’s self-titled album (nominated for a “Best Album Art” Juno), to giant stage projections for The Tragically Hip’s 2004 oft sold-out stadium tour (later co-winning the Juno for Best Music DVD), to a feature-length experimental documentary film for Canadian cultural icons Blue Rodeo, The Blue Road (2008 Juno winner, “Best Music DVD”).
A selected videography is available at: www.numberfourfilms.com
- Anne T. Donahue, "The Best New Music Video Directors Part Two", www.aux.tv, April 26, 2010