Storytelling has been Daniel’s passion since the day he could stack Lego, and build elaborate shows with them to entertain his family. A childhood spent in Cyprus, Lebanon and Egypt exposed him to cultures rich in cinematic heritage and history. By the time he was 15 he’d shot two short films, appeared on national theater…twice, directed two short plays, and had watched ‘Indiana Jones’ movies over 50 times.

Two film schools and a student OSCAR nominated film later Daniel spent 15 years between the United States and South Africa, working in the film industry, primarily crafting his skills as an offline editor, working along side some of the best (and some of the worst) he learnt how best to tell a story. He considers his experiences in post production as the most valuable asset to his work as a director, and it strongly influences his creative choices. Daniel got into directing through music videos, a medium combining his favourite two things, music and film.

Daniel is drawn to making the ordinary extraordinary, and his work is infused with a perspective that highlights the human experience in unexpected and visually spectacular ways. This has seen him work across multiple genres throughout Africa and the Middle East, and has earned him a few industry nods along the way. When not directing, Daniel can be found attempting Jiu Jitsu, building Lego, playing tennis badly, reading flight manuals and still watches ‘Indiana Jones’ movies.

AWARDS & KUDOS:

_ Loeries Music Video Finalist, 'Game of Love,' (2018)
_ Official Selection, 'room' (2016-2018), for the following international film festivals: San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Cinedans - Dance on Screen,
   Bogotá Music Video Festival, Migration, Athens Video Dance Project, Bucharest International Dance Film Festival, Mexico City Videodance Festival
_ Short & Sweet Music Video Awards, winner, Best Editing, ‘Mondays,’ (2015)
_ Short & Sweet Music Video Awards, nominations: Best New Director, Best Original Concept and Best Animated Video ‘Best Pretenders,’ (2015)
_ DSTV MK Music Video Project Winner, ‘Best Pretenders’ (2012)
_ MNET TAG Awards, winner, Best Creative Script, nomination for People’s Choice Award, (2011)
_ Los Angeles Music Video Festival, Finalist, Best Music Video, 'Caves,' (2010)
_ South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) Nomination, Best Student Film, 'Wamkelekile,' credits: Editor & Producer (2010)
_ Student Academy Award Nomination (OSCAR), Honorary Foreign Student Film, 'Wamkelekile,' credits: Editor & Producer (2009)
_ Board of Executive Award for Film-making Excellence, South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (2009)
_ Florida Motion Picture & Television Association Silver Award, for cinematography, 'Meiyo,’ (2006)
_ Full Sail University Associates Directors Award for Post Production (2005)
_ Full Sail University Digitial Cinematography Award, Best Cinematography in a Digital Student Short (2004)