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Daniel Stephens studied filmmaking in the early 1990’s at Loyola University (New Orleans) and the University of South Florida. Subsequently he decided that the best place to apply his storytelling skills was the booming new internet security industry that blossomed in the mid 1990’s. Eight years later Daniel realized his mistake: filmmakers should make films, not firewalls. In 2000, Daniel left the company he co-founded to pursue his passion for filmmaking.

He has served as the Chief Lighting Technician and Director of Photography for numerous music videos, commercials, and short and feature films. He is particularly inspired by the verisimilitude of the unpredictable and feels these moments are the foundation of exceptional storytelling.

Most recently, Daniel shot the feature films El Ganzo, directed by the incomparable Steve Balderson in lovely San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, and The Sauce, co-directed by the delightful team of Elizabeth Spear and L.B. Deyo, in the great state of Texas.

Two of Daniel’s previous feature films, El Ganzo and Hell Town, both directed by Mr. Balderson are now playing in festivals. And the delightful Tuberville web-series is currently playing online at

Most recently, Daniel completed shooting and directing a documentary about James Taylor’s most recent album, Before this World released this in June of 2015. Currently Daniel is preparing to shoot a feature documentary about the poignant work and tireless efforts of the Waterkeeper Alliance and is excitedly readying himself to co-direct and shoot the comedy feature Merrily, Nebraska.

When not somewhere else, Daniel resides on the beautifully lit coast of Maine where he is a partner in the film production companies goodfocus, llc and General Films, LLC and a member of the faculty at Maine Media Workshops.