Daniel Johnson Films

I love films, but in a very specific way. Growing up, the directors I were passionate about were also writers. The likes of Charlie Chaplin, Billy Wilder, Woody Allen, Nora Ephron and Cameron Crowe. What makes their films stand out for me is that they're personal. In this day and age, it's harder and harder for filmmakers to have a personal voice. That's why I love independent film. The likes of the Jay & Mark Duplass, Lena Dunham and Richard Linklater have set the road map for low-budget filmmakers.

While some might rally against the gatekeepers of the industry, or feel they are being kept out - I feel a freedom. A freedom to be creative on any given day. That is the ethos of how I work and everything I do. Let's make stuff. What else is there to do?

East Street Mary and Dave

Episode one of my new comedy web-series 'East Street Mary and Dave' - the story of two Bruce Springsteen fanatics and the effect his music has on their complex relationship.

Bose Headphones Advert

I penned this advert for Bose Headphones. It's beautifully directed by Davide Gentile.

10 Things I’ve Learned About Being Self-Employed

10 Things I’ve Learned About Being Self-Employed

1. It’s lonely! You may be working alone, or you may be working with fifteen people. But then you finish a project and those fifteen people are gone. It seems glamorous to people who don’t do what you do but the reality is, you have to navigate your way alone. You have to get yourself […]
How I Create Natural Showreel Scenes for Actors

How I Create Natural Showreel Scenes for Actors

So, here’s Libby Grant’s showreel: When I first met Libby, I was excited by her energy and sense of humour. She had a lot to give when it came to screen acting but hadn’t really had the chance to demonstrate her talent in the right way. She showed me a compilation of her previous screen-work, […]
Delia Ephron - Screenwriter & Novelist

Delia Ephron - Screenwriter & Novelist

Daniel has a lovely touch with comedy as a filmmaker.
Ela Thier - Writer / Director

Ela Thier - Writer / Director

What I like about your films is the lack of pretentiousness and the fact that they’re really, truly you. And in my mind: that’s high art.

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