David Damen calls Columbus, OH home even though the man has touched the boundaries of numerous states. David was born in Virginia Beach, but his family had a habit of moving around the Midwest. Still it is obvious that the entity of this guy is a pure mix of all those areas he called home. David’s interest in film and video blossomed as a child and it was an interest that never left his mind. His firm resolve to make films was born in Columbus, OH, where he found inspiration from supporting friends . However David’s move back to Virginia Beach, where he was schooled in web design is the spark that ignited the reality of his life. David wrote his first highly acclaimed short “The Enemies You Keep” while still in Virginia; drawing inspiration from his life in Columbus. While composing this film David met Tyler Yowell- a post- production master and the dream started becoming reality. They formed Arris Productions and the two traveled to Columbus to begin work on “The Enemies You Keep.” David met Ill Poetic and Blueprint while in Ohio and this chance encounter started a long going collaboration that has been instrumental in David’s progression as a filmmaker. He was also fortunate enough to be introduced to an equally talented powerhouse in the entertainment business, Ronnell Elkins, and the two of them have ensured that Arris Productions be noticed. And noticed it has been. David’s natural eye for composition and storytelling has caught the attention of some of the world’s best Indie filmmakers and since his film’s inception David has become a sought after cinematographer. His work spans the US, as DP for Ken Cohen, Jim Leo, Pau Maso, and the like. He has also breached the borders of Sweden, Norway, South Africa and India: Truly a universal filmmaker. However, despite his being ubiquitous, David’s heart lies in Virginia with his beautiful wife and their assorted children from the animal kingdom. Arris Productions has taken on a life of its own as the company operates in Columbus, but has its post- production headquarters in Virginia Beach. New members to the company have guaranteed its success and David Damen is ready to #DODAMGE!
Name: David Damen
Lives in: Norfolk, Virginia
Occupation: Cinematographer, Director, Editor and Producer