Nino Leitner – Austrian Filmmaker Extraordinaire (Crossing the 180 #35)

Today I start a mini-series on foreign filmmakers (i.e. filmmakers working outside the U.S.) When it comes to the  world of filmmaking, the beautiful country of Austria has given us a wonderful artist. No, I’m not talking about the ex-Govenator of California. Of couse, I’m talking about none other than Mr. Nino Leitner. The son of creative artists (his parents owned an ad agency), he grew up with a love and appreciation for the arts. He realized early that filmmaking was the direction he wanted, and after graduating from high school in 2001 (ugh, I feel old) he pursued the craft in college. Right out of college he started freelancing and since then he’s been a filmmaker for hire. Then about a year or so ago he got the opportunity to do the first online review of Canon’s T2i/550D. The video he made was picked up by Engadget, and his blog became an instant hit. Since then his blog has become a wonderful resource for gear reviews and filmmaking inspiration. And Nino’s star has risen tremendously (he has about 20,000 Twitter followers.)

In this engaging interview, we cover everything from how he works with his clients (you’ll love my Brady Bunch flashback), how we quotes a job, how he picks his equipment (he’s shot with everything from a T2i to the RED One), his views on sponsorship, gear-lust, what inspires him as a filmmaker, how he got where he is today, and of course he chimes in on my “Inception” question. (Hear why that movie was so annoying to him. Here’s a link to the College Humor video he referenced). I could’ve talked with Nino forever. The time will fly as you listen to this great interview.

Bumper music for this show is “Tater City” by Glenn Shambroom, part of the TRUE ROMANCE collection, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music.

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I just love chocolate, so it’s only natural I’d include this commercial video for a German chocolatier.


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