Educated at the London College of Communication, Dan’s further training at the BBC included groundbreaking TV graphics and title sequences for major productions including the BAFTA Award-winning title sequence for Dennis Potter’s “The Singing Detective” – which quickly brought him to the attention of the advertising world.
Dan’s subsequent commercials work includes campaigns for high profile international clients including: 7-Up, Amex, Cadbury’s, Canon, Coca Cola, Daihatsu, Electrolux, Fiat, Hagen Dazs, Labatt’s, Lego, Lucent Technologies, McDonalds, Mazda, Motorola, The National Aids Trust, Nissan, Ocean Spray, Pepsi, Siemens, Sony PlayStation, Toyota, USPS, Virgin Mobile, Volkswagen etc.
These commercials have garnered many prestigious awards, the PlayStation spot ‘Little Chef’ (TBWA) earning a Gold Lion at Cannes, a Silver at the Creative Circle Awards and a Merit in the USA Art Directors awards. In addition, his spot for l.a. Eyeworks “Nice Day” (DFB) won a Silver Lion at Cannes and a Silver Clio as did Lego’s US campaign for ‘Mindstorms’, which also received an AICP award for its originality.
Dan never lost his taste for the offbeat which led to his move into TV as one of three directors working on BBC3’s critically-acclaimed comedy series “The Message”, a post-modern and skeptical take on a TV channel proliferation in the digital age.
His black comedy short ‘Critical Eye’ – starring Hugh Bonneville and Anna Chancellor – won awards and critical acclaim on the festival circuit which has been released on ITunes and Amazon as well as viewing through Shorts International.
Another an offbeat drama short entitled ‘Hello Sunshine’ by Paul McNally, starring Lysette Anthony, Sara Stewart and Simon Paisley-Day, has to date screened at the following film festivals: Cambridge Film festival, Bradford Film festival, Norwich Film festival, Lanzarote Film festival, Taos Film festival New Mexico, The Shanghai International Film festival and Clermont Ferrand.The film has been released on ITunes and Amazon as well as viewing through Shorts International.
Feature films currently in development include ‘Near Death’ by Simon Frank, Untorn Tickets by Paul Burke and ‘One Way or Another’ by Paul McNally.
Most recently in commercials for 2015, Dan’s compelling work for ADOT has garnered awards from the following:
The New York International Advertising Awards, The One Show ‘Merit award’, D&AD x3 including best Photography.
Cannes Finalist in four categories,APA top 50,LIA Gold Silver & three Bronzes,Clios Silver & two bronzes. BTAA Gold & Bronze.Adstars 2016 2 Grand Prix 1 silver & 7 more in varying categories.
In Photography Dan currently has a one man show entitled ‘Paralland’ at the Serena Morton Gallery (http://serenamorton.com/) in London.
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