PDN interviews Tobias Hutzler about working in video

PDN recently talked to a handful of PDN 30 photographers about their experiences working in video—how they learned ins and outs of the medium and how they land motion assignments. Tobias Hutzler, who was named to the PDN 30 last year, is one of the commercial photographers interviewed for the story.

Tobias discusses the value of video projects he produced independently while an undergraduate. “The constraint of a very limited budget was a fantastic challenge,” he tells PDN. “I learned to improvise, condense, focus, and work creatively with very limited production and technical setups—a very similar approach to a still shoot.”

He also notes that posting his videos brought him to the attention of clients. “By publishing work, you gain recognition and people want to work with you,” he tells the magazine, which goes on to mention that Tobias worked with production house B2Pro in New York City to make his video Balance, which not only went viral after being picked up by Time—it also led to a global print and motion campaign for Titan watches.

“The constraint of a very limited budget was a fantastic challenge,” he says. “I learned to improvise, condense, focus, and work creatively with very limited production and technical setups—a very similar approach to a still shoot.” The experience helped him hone his style. “Rather than getting caught up in gear and technical aspects, at the beginning I needed to learn about myself, [and] listen to what I have to say.”

Read more in “Frames Per Second: Lessons Learned About Breaking Into Video,” in the May issue of PDN.

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