STARK CONTRAST FILMS

DANIEL ANSON

CINEMATOGRAPHER &
CREATIVE CONTENT CREATOR
AMATEUR ASTRONOMER & COSMOLOGIST

I love nothing more than challenging my skills as a visual artist. It goes beyond hobby or profession. It is an intense desire, borderlining obsession. I aim for a single goal; help humanity transcend by reaching the cosmos. Entertainment, pure connective storytelling is the greatest educator. Together, we can can create beautiful & powerful stories that can inspire change through the seductive power of cinema.

[ Listen. I just want to go to space. Really bad. ]

I choose filmmaking because it jam packs a multitude of art forms into one concise, organic. dream-like form. Also because it’s insanely complicated and difficult, which is why I love what I do for a living.
I feed off of high energy collaboration and prefer face-to-face conversation over phone calls. Hungry for knowledge and shared human experiences, I consume information about history, philosophy, existentialism & science fiction - especially viewpoints I harshly disagree with.

I am passionate about creating simple yet tangible experiences and audaciously recognize that the deepest human connections do not stem from happy endings. As an artist, it is my difficult task to both inspire and convey beauty in a scientific grounding.


PORTFOLIO REEL

SOME OF MY LATEST WORKS



MY INVISIBLE CINEMATIC PROCESS

"Films are made, the images are made when there's no one looking. That's what the invisible is, that which we don't see. That's what the incredible is, that which we don't see. Cinema shows you that which we don't see, the incredible." Jean-Luc Godard

Pre -

DANSON RULES OF SUCCESS

Rule 1: Nothing happens until the script gets broken down.
Rule 2: Never get a cheap tattoo.

  • Creating a good breakdown is critical to a film's success at every stage.
  • You can't create a budget or a shooting schedule without a breakdown.
  • You can't schedule talent without a breakdown.
  • No amount of production or post-production expertise can save an unplanned project.
  • Production

    LESS IS MORE

  • I refuse to participate in any gear war or camera battle. Allegiance to one is to cripple one's creativity.
  • I prefer to work with as little equipment as possible and utilizing new techniques and technologies to capture and orchestrate natural light.
  • A good lens and a steady camera, thats all I need. At the end of the day its the light that carries the story.
  • Post -

    FINDING THE INVISIBLE

  • Focus on the story, what has accurately been captured. Cut away failed attempts & unnecessary shots.
  • Find the gold nuggets of humanity, the everyday, & simple moments that connect us.
  • Reject childish splash of colors abused via easily applied filters.
  • FREELANCE COMMERCIAL FILMMAKING

    AN OVERVIEW OF MY SKILLS & SERVICES

    I have experience working professionally as a writer, director, cinematographer and editor, in many cases acting as a one-man film crew.

    CAMERA COMPETENCE
    I rent instead of own to always be on top

    • Digital: RED ¦ BlackMagic ¦ Sony ¦ Panasonic ¦ Canon ¦ Ikonoskop ¦ DSLR
    • Film: Arricam ¦ Aaton ¦ Bolex H16 Reflex ¦ Super 8mm
    • Expert Knowledge of Lenses, Lens Maintenance, Handling & Care

    LIGHTING TECHNICIAN
    Cinematic Electrical Engineering - Gaffer

    • DEDO ¦ Arri ¦ Lowel
    • From LEDs, HMIs, Tungsten, & Fluorescents to Chimeras
    • Xenons ¦ Camera Synchronous Strobes ¦ Portable Generators
    • Expertise on-location, in the studio, or on-stage

    GRIP
    Jack-of-all-trades + Set Up Safety

    • What's in your grip truck?
    • Robotic Camera Mounting Systems ¦ Green Screen ¦ Heavy_Duty Rigs
    • Technical knowledge to rig anything efficiently and safely

    SOFTWARE
    Electric Wizard

    • FCP 7 & X ¦ Avid MC ¦ Adobe Creative Suite ¦ Davinci Resolve
    • RAW Workflows ¦ Data Management ¦ Audio Syncing ¦ Transcoding
    • Can Build, Install, Repair, & Maintain PC & MAC Computers

    PRECISION PLANNING
    No one can escape Pre-production

    • Planning to the tooth and nail, while being open to necessary changes and improvisational opportunities.
    • Not a fan of "winging it" or "fixing it in post"

    PROBLEM SOLVER
    Fast Learner & Quick Thinker

    • Creativity is born through constraints. Doing less with more - the indie mindset = keeping costs down but quality up

    DESIGN
    Websites & Stuff

    • I don't always make websites, but when I do, they look like this. And more!

    100% SATISFACTION
    Dan's Etiquette

    • Always have an eager attitude
    • Work hard & willingly
    • Listen first, suggest second
    • Always early

    "To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art"

    Charles Bukowski

    Call me:

    650.823.6909