Interview: Up in the Air's Jason Reitman on the Telluride Gondola
by Alex Billington
September 16, 2009
A few weeks back when I was at the Telluride Film Festival, my friend Peter Sciretta (of SlashFilm) and I caught up with Oscar nominated director Jason Reitman to talk about his new film Up in the Air, which we had both just seen (read my review). As you know, from my coverage of Telluride, the gondola at the resort was our main mode of transportation. So we decided to conduct our interview in the gondola as it was "up in the air" (get it!) during its 23 minute run from where we got on. Not only was that quite fun, but it was probably the best interview we've ever done, and it is a definite must watch (no spoilers in it either)!
Watch our interview with Up in the Air writer and director Jason Reitman:
This interview was shot by Peter using his neat little Flip Mino camera. Apologies for the shaky cam and somewhat low-level audio (and my odd introduction at the start), but I hope you enjoyed this, as it really was a fascinating interview that dived into the depths of Up in the Air and so much more, including my love for up-and-coming actress Anna Kendrick. You've probably already heard plenty of the buzz for Up in the Air coming from both Telluride and Toronto. I've seen it twice now and loved it even more the second time. I'm especially glad Jason was able to share much more of the personal side of his story in this interview.
Did you give Jason any dramamine before the interview......? Actually, great interview!!! Very funny and informative. Very tweet.
Jayne on Sep 16, 2009
thanks for "reading most of the book" before interviewing the director
heh on Sep 16, 2009
awesome interview! Jason seems very mature and wise for his age. no wonder his movies are so good!
Kalladin on Sep 16, 2009
Peter and Alex, I enjoyed your interview with Jason Reitman. Great job! Who should get top billing for the interview? I wonder whether Jason will post his video of you. Dan Dassow
Dan Dassow on Sep 16, 2009
Wow, Alex. Just watched this. Reitman seems to be amazingly down-to-earth. I imagine it's intimidating to interview many directors, but not this guy. It's nice to know there are nice guys that are as successful as him.
Matt on Jan 7, 2010
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