Meet the Filmmaker: Dane Ohlrogge, “Daydream”



3403827_origQ: 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. 

Kate Lowell