How did you get into film? What particularly attracted you to become part of this industry?
Luckily, I came to film through an English TV show that was filmed in Tirol. The contacts and friendships I made through this project then brought me to London and were, among other things, the reason to return to Tirol or to stay.
Film has always impressed me as a narrative medium. As a child I was an absolute bookworm and as a teenager my fascination for films grew as I became aware of how much power and influence a film has on the viewer. Often you still ‘take home’ a film because you ‘ponder’ why the actor did this and not that. What still fascinates me about film today is the mostly unconscious influence it has on the lives of the viewers.
What distinguishes Tirol as film region for you?
The diversity, whether Hollywood, Bollywood, local films or documentaries – here in Tirol there is something for everyone. We have the most diverse backdrops here in Tirol and have already been able to demonstrate this through many successful projects in the past.
And even after filming is over, the mountains offer wonderful opportunities to enjoy leisure time together in a sporting way: climbing, cycling, touring or hiking.
Another reason that is very important to me personally is the friendships I have made over the years through film projects in Tirol; for example, the friendship with Elisabeth Juen (see her Spotlight article), with whom I worked on my first film project and whom I still value as much today as I did nine years ago.
We are curious: Tell us your favourite location in Tirol!
This is a very difficult decision, because for me personally and professionally, the higher the more interesting. The mountain peaks are my absolute favourite location – I can’t commit to a particular one.
When I’m looking for a location, I’m always amazed at how many corners of Tirol there are to discover.
And now: The stage is yours! Please introduce yourself and your field of activity.
I’m Joséphine (Josie or Schoscho) and I studied theatre, film and media studies in Vienna.
I gained a lot of experience until I became a ‘Location Manager’: a few ‘runner’ jobs in English productions, e.g. ‘The Jump’ and ‘James Bond 007 – SPECTRE’ in Tirol. The Jump’ and ‘James Bond 007 – SPECTRE’ in Tyrol, some jobs as ‘Local Marshall’, ‘Studio PA’, ‘Location PA’, ‘Location Assistant’, ‘Unit Assistant’, ‘Assistant Unit Manager’ and ‘Assistant Location Manager’; and already I was a fixed part of big productions in London, like ‘Dr. Doolittle’, ‘355’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘1917’, etc.
After almost four years in London, Covid came and the film world stood still, so I decided to fly home after the first lockdown and spend the summer in Tirol. But then, through old contacts, I was offered one film project after another and decided to stay.
Being a location manager means sometimes ‘just’ finding the right parking space, but also ‘scouting’ wonderful locations at home and around the world.
Despite the pandemic, last year I was able to shoot in Vienna, Prague, Sardinia, Greece and of course Tirol. This year it’s Croatia and the Canary Islands for now. I’m curious to see what else the year will bring.
But like many people, I still think it’s nicest at home and I’m looking forward to the next film project in Tirol. 😉
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