Managing Director of Jungle Productions Filmservice
How did you get into film? What particularly attracted you to become part of this industry?
My grandfather, who spent a lot of time in the mountains taking photos, gave me an ‘ancient’ Voigtländer camera as a 6-year-old boy, with a leather bellows that could be folded out, fully mechanical and everything for self-adjustment.
My father explained to me the connections between aperture and exposure time and my career as a hobby photographer was complete.
Then, when I was working at the Air & Style Snowboard Contest during my studies, I was asked if I could take care of a TV production. This was followed by an assignment for the Snowboard World Cup, where I was able to get a taste of international air and gain experience with TV stations that were very motivated at the time, such as MTV, and also in working with agencies and sponsors. Learning by doing’ developed through this, know-how that I still use in the film industry from car commercials to alpine consulting for feature films.
What distinguishes Tirol als film region for you?
As a Tyrolean born in Innsbruck, a ‘Stadtler’, not to say a ‘Mir Mühlauer’, you have a special personal connection to this area. It is probably what is commonly called ‘home’.
Besides this emotional level and a certain ‘national pride as a Tyrolean’, in the course of my working life I have come to appreciate the advantages of the special geographical location.
Centrally located in the Alps, close to major cities, an international airport, perfect tourist and cultural infrastructure are just a few of the advantages that help me with my assignments or why I can handle assignments at all.
Tirol has professional film staff with alpine experience, which can be an enormous help for foreign production companies.
Cooperation with film-friendly location owners and understanding authorities dominate production in Tirol. It is astonishing that despite the high density of filming, the film-friendliness of the locals only diminishes in exceptional cases.
I wish that Tirol would realise more of the training of filmmakers as a future project and hope to be able to contribute with my experience from more than 20 years in the film business.
We are curious: Tell us your favourite location in Tirol!
As a location scout with many years of experience, I can only say ‘No Comment’ here 😊
However, I can reveal that as a mountain and ski guide I have a certain preference for valleys where there is access to high mountains, possibly even glaciers, which have good transport logistics and are interested in supporting film projects.
And now: The stage is yours! Please introduce yourself and your field of activity.
From location scouting to full (service) production (film and photo), we can cover many requirements thanks to our network of experienced Tyrolean freelancers.
This has been proven in feature film projects such as ‘The Bourne Supremacy’, ‘Mission Impossible 3’, ‘xXx – Triple X’, ‘Pointbreak’, ‘Streif – One Hell Of A Ride’ but also in international commercials for Rolls Royce, Mercedes, Toyota, Audi, VW, Maserati, Hyundai, Porsche, BMW, Ralph Lauren etc.
Deichmann Christmas Commercial 2021:
Audi Etron with Anna Gasser 2021:
Thanks to our experience in shooting in the high mountains and especially in the snow, we have a ‘niche know-how’ that is appreciated by international production companies and ensures a full schedule especially in autumn.
Due to the situation of the last 2 years, where the travelling of international crews was not always easy, we have gained more competences in ‘remote production’ on the one hand, and on the other hand, we have handled several ‘direct’ jobs as production.
In addition, I have also started to pick up the camera again more and not just the phone and the Excel list.
One of these projects #ridebacktofreedom, a roadumentary about Italy in post Corona times will soon be shown at European film festivals.
I would also like to mention a volunteer-made ‘Charity Film‘ about the school project of a Tyrolean in Uganda – please feel free to donate, they don’t have it easy in Africa especially at the moment!
I am also happy to take on the task of providing spectacular mountain and action images as a second unit director, in order to enrich series productions with images that are almost impossible to get with a large team.