Dan is a filmmaker from Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England.
Dan's love for film and television goes all the way back to childhood, growing up in the 90s watching the likes of James Bond films, Back to the Future and Terminator to the more lighthearted things like Pokemon and Toy Story. All this contributed to Dan falling in love with movies, television and of course filmmaking.
At an early age, Dan started to write his own film and television stories, but it wasn't until Dan got to his late teens that he started to fully embrace his creativity, when he met a like-minded friend, Mathew Kennedy, co-creator of short film Voodoo, who also had a love for filmmaking. It was at this point Dan decided to take a leap of faith and pursue his passion as a filmmaker.
His pursuit took him to studying Film Studies at college and Film & Media Production at university. During this time, Dan made a number of different short student films with friends and other creatives.
Dan has always had a fascination with stories about love, humour and happiness and therefore, his films always aim to reflect that. Some of his biggest inspirations come from the likes of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in the way their work can often strike an incredible balance between humour and heart warming moments.
In 2016, Dan began writing a new short film, Screw Loose, and it was brought to life in the summer of 2017 with the help of a large crew and amazing cast, made possible by Dan's own small savings and lots of favours being generously granted!
It was a very humbling experience with so many people giving up their time to bring the story to life. Screw Loose told the funny, heart-warming story of Jim, a patient living in a mental health home who meets a reporter to discuss his unusual issue. The film debuted on the festival circuit in January 2018 and went on to be showcased in a number of countries including; the UK, USA, Australia and South America. The film was released online at the end of 2018.
After graduating university in 2012, Dan began work on his first 'official' short film, Voodoo, co-directing with long-time friend, Mathew Kennedy. Voodoo was a dark romantic comedy about 2 people giving each other a massage through voodoo dolls. The film went on to be showcased at a number of film festivals around the UK in 2014 and 2015, including The London Short Film Festival. On it's journey, it picked up a nomination for Best Editing and an Audience Award.
In late 2018, Dan met Jim Miskell, a new filmmaker who made a short mockumentary film called Going for GoldenEye (available to watch now on Amazon Prime). Jim was looking for a director to help bring the sequel, Bringing Back GoldenEye, to life and was thrilled to offer his services as a director. The film tells the story of the comeback of the fictitious GoldenEye World Championships, a championship based around the Nintendo 64 video game, GoldenEye 007 released in 1997. Like Jim, Dan was a huge fan of the Nintendo 64 game back in the late 90s/early 00s and didn't hesitate to offer his directing services which Jim thankfully
accepted! The sequel, tentatively titled Bringing Back GoldenEye (tbc), immediately went
into development in early 2019 with Dan in the director's seat, set to make his feature film debut.
After a collective 3 week shoot over 3 different blocks of filming, Principle Photography wrapped in October 2019 and post-production got underway.
Bringing Back GoldenEye (tbc) currently has an estimated public release window of 2021. Keep your eyes peeled!
Dan has several other projects in development, including 2 short films and a long-brewing feature film based on some well known mythology...
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Filmmaking is Dan's life-long passion, but he is
also skilled in Production Sound. On a day-to-day
basis, Dan is a freelance Sound Recordist with full
kit and has years of experience working on all
kinds of film, television and media productions
recording and mixing sound.
Check out his Sound Recordist website, www.danguest.com, for more details.
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