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.

Showreel from Scratch Scripts

Showreel from Scratch Scripts

Having a good script for your showreel scene is absolutely crucial. What you are doing, of course, is making something that feels like it’s a scene from a TV show or movie, but there are ways in which they are different. That’s why when an actor plucks a random scene out of their favourite TV […]
Comedy Showreel Scenes from Scratch

Comedy Showreel Scenes from Scratch

Showreels are often a depressing place, full of dark and serious scenes. That’s fine of course, but don’t forget you can also have a lot of silly fun. Here’s a sampling of my comedy showreel scenes from the past few months.   Not every actor is comfortable with comedy, but if it’s a part of […]
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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