Jason Magbanua is one of those guys that you meet and instantly like. He’s one of the nicest, most talented, and more importantly, humble guys you’ll ever get to know. The first time I met Jason was at Re:Frame Austin. I was in a dark theatre surrounded by people I didn’t know and, quite honestly, I was quite intimidated by all of the talented filmmakers around me. I hadn’t had a chance to speak to Jason yet but I’ll never forget my first impression. He showed us a clip from one of his recent weddings, King Gimp. It didn’t take long for me to start crying but what I loved most was how he adapted his style to the story. As someone who’s known for his glidecam moves, he talked about how it wasn’t appropriate for the story that was being told. I thought about that a lot in Kivalina… how does your camera movement contribute to your story? Jason was one of the first people to inspire me to think about why I shoot the way I shoot and how, if at all, it contributes to the story I’m trying to tell.
To us, Jason embodies what a successful filmmaker should be. He’s talented, willing to share and educates others, remains humble, and continues to educate himself over and over again. What is there not to like?!
Recently we got to sit down with Jason and do a little q+a. Enjoy.
Below is one of the first videos that came out with the 7d courtesy of J. Mag.
Below is the piece I mentioned, King Gimp.
Lastly, one jaw dropping same day edit by Jason.
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