Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
DO: I began making short films with my friends and neighbors when I was about 15 and really enjoyed writing, shooting, directing and editing these films and giving them to my friends was always a lot of fun. I guess I just decided to keep perusing what came naturally to me and what I was passionate about.
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
DO: “Daydream” was my last short film while attending DePaul University in Chicago, IL. It has not screened anywhere publicly and was just a labor of love to keep experimenting with my film-making back in early 2014.
Q: What else are you working on?
DO: On December 15th a full-length independent web-series that I was produced under my production company and was cinematographer for is being released called “THE DREAMERS.” 12 episodes, 30 minutes each, we shot the whole season last fall in Chicago. I also am working on post for a psychological horror short flick called “The Attic.”
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
DO: This particular film was inspired by a real life location. I walked into a basement bookstore and began perusing around, then suddenly inspiration came and strangers stuck in the basement of a bookstore due to an attack came to my imagination. I wanted this piece to mirror the same type of aesthetic as a modern day The Twilight Zone episode.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
DO: I have a website: danecompany.com
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
DO: Thank you!
“Daydream” will be screening on December 17th at the Emerging Filmmaker’s Project.