Episode 15 - Brandon Li, Travel Filmmaker and Global Nomad

A travel filmmaker and global nomad, Brandon has the ability to dive beneath the layers of a destination, taking you off the streets and public areas and into the private lives of its inhabitants.

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Today we’re speaking with Brandon Li – a travel filmmaker and global nomad.

Brandon has the ability to dive beneath the layers of a destination, taking you off the streets and public areas and into the private lives of its inhabitants.

He uses camera movement and invisible edits to maintain seamless transitions between spaces, themes, and moods.

The quality of his films have been recognized with numerous coveted Vimeo Staff Picks.

I’m dialing in long distance to ask him about how it feels to live a permanently nomadic lifestyle, the curiosity he has discovering the world through a lens, and how filmmaking has helped him grow as a person.

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Today’s show was curated by Thi Ho. Produced by Refilmery.com; hosted by David Joshua Ford.

Brandon’s Films

Hong Kong Strong

Hong Kong Strong from Brandon Li on Vimeo.

Nomads Of Mongolia

Nomads of Mongolia from Brandon Li on Vimeo.

Tokyo Roar

Tokyo Roar from Brandon Li on Vimeo.

About The Filmmaker

brandon-mongolia-smileBrandon Li is a global nomad and filmmaker whose short films have been featured by National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institute, BBC, TIME, and Vimeo Staff Picks. His commercial clients include MTV, BMW, Nike, Cathay Pacific, and Etihad Airways. The son of a Chinese scientist and an American novelist, Brandon grew up in midwestern USA. He studied film at UNCSA in North Carolina. He then moved to LA, where he worked in reality TV for 8 years. Three years ago, he gave up his permanent address and started traveling the world, choosing to live wherever he felt most inspired. To this date he has been to over 40 countries. He is currently in temporary residence in Hong Kong.

View Brandon Li’s work at unscripted.com.

Cover photo by Elaine Li

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