Emilia Sagmeister

Set Runner


How did you get into film? What particularly attracted you to become part of this industry?

When I was about 12 years old, thanks to the making of ‚The Lord of the Rings‘ and ‚Hobbit‘ films, I realised for the first time how many exciting jobs there are behind such a film. From then on, I knew that film sets were to be my future. Accordingly, I completed my high school in a media and communication design and started working on my first sets on the side.

For me, the special attraction of the film industry is definitely the variety. No film team comes together twice in exactly the same constellation. No film is shot twice. And hardly any film is filmed every day at the same location with the same actors.

On the other hand, I think it’s just nice when people come together who are all passionate about the same thing and each contributes with their own skills and knowledge to make the film the best it can be.


What distinguishes Tirol as film region for you?

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear ‚Tirol‘ are the breathtaking landscapes. Snow-covered mountains, deep lakes, green forests. And that’s exactly what makes Tirol so special for me as shooting location. These landscapes are the perfect backdrop to visually tell stories and remind the audience how small we actually are and how beautiful the world around us is.


We are curious: Tell us your favourite location in Tirol!

Of course I’m a little biased because I’m from the area, but in my opinion the most beautiful places are in the Oberland, rather in the west of Tirol. From Mieming to the Ötztal, every metre is worth a film shot.


And now: The stage is yours! Please introduce yourself and your field of activity!

*blinks in the light of the spotlights*

Hello, my name is Emilia Sagmeister, I was born in 2001 and I aspire to a career in film. I am currently studying acting at the filmacademy in Vienna. There I can not only give acting a chance at my young age and explore whether I have what it takes for this career path, but also learn a lot about dramaturgy, subtext and the various approaches to a scene. This seems quite useful to me, considering that I aspire to direct for my later years. Alongside this training, however, I have also gained tangible set experience, and loved every moment of it. Whether I was freezing my fingers off on the set of the ‚Bergdoktor‘ in the depths of winter, or pulling all-nighters in Vienna’s Central Cemetery shooting a still-secret project in the summer, I enjoyed every moment. On both sets I was a set runner and I am always motivated to show up in that or another position on the next set.

All in all, my main focus at the moment is to gain as many experiences as possible and to meet as many people with the same passion as I can. I’m still at the beginning of my career and can’t wait to really hit the ground running. Be it as a set runner, assistant director, actress or in a completely different department – I am grateful for every opportunity to learn something new.


Emilia Sagmeister
Weidach 61
6141 Mieming
Tel.: +43 650 2303286
Mail: emi.sag@outlook.com