Born in Mesa, Arizona, Austin grew up with an undying passion for the art of film-making and visual storytelling, and has achieved his experience through hands on work in as many departments behind the camera as possible.
His process of experimentation coupled with observation on diverse sets eventually led him to a clear realization that cinematography would be his career of choice, fueling his creativity and passion more than any other form of expression.
As an award-winning cinematographer, Austin thrives on creativity and collaboration and has a varied list of work including feature films, music videos, Documentaries, a variety of commercials, web content for clients such as AOL, Coca-Cola, Maxim Magazine, Under Armour, Hollywood Electrics, SunCentral Inc., the MLB and many more.
In 2004, he was awarded Best Cinematography for "Somerton Storm", a short film in competition with thirty other films at the A3F (Almost Famous Film Festival).
In 2006, he continued receiving recognition from competitive festivals for his work as a Director of Photography with Best Cinematography awards for "Damn Shame", "Decaffeinated", "Sexy Urban Style", and "Distorted Reality".
In 2007, Austin received the Best Cinematography award for "Recoil" and then the following year in 2008 for "Crimes Against Man", both from the Phoenix 48 Film Project.
His work with AOL garnered some attention. "Cambio Goes Home with Jordin Sparks" received over 1.3 million views in less than two weeks and his viral video for Maxim Magazine was awarded Best College Video on their website.
In 2013 Austin became an Active Member of the Society of Camera Operators.
His recent work as Cinematographer include: Hulu's "Spoilers With Kevin Smith", Epix' "Milius" Documentary and ABC's Television Special "Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp To Pop".
Austin's philosophy and approach to each new project is imagine, pursue, create.
This applies not only to his decision making process, but also to the creativity, communication, and collaboration with every department on set.
"If you can imagine a great story telling shot and have the passion to pursue a way to make it come to life, then you can create it. No exceptions". -Austin Nordell