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.

I Asked Actors About Bad Directors – Here’s What They Said

I Asked Actors About Bad Directors – Here’s What They Said

When I was eighteen and had no idea what I was doing, I decided to hold some auditions for a short film. I had heard both Woody Allen and Billy Wilder say that ‘comedy should always be faster’. So, that day, I told every actor, ‘that was great, but could you try it faster.’ This […]
What I’ve Been Doing Since Lockdown

What I’ve Been Doing Since Lockdown

Can you believe it’s September already? March feels like it was yesterday. Or maybe it feels like it was five years ago. What a crazy year we are having. At the beginning of lockdown, it felt for a moment like I’d never work again. But I was fortunate to work on two big scale projects. […]
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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