Dan Hertzog

Dan Hertzog

Freelance and In the Wee hours
Director and Director of Photography

Swedesboro, New Jersey

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May 2015
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About Dan

Dan Hertzog graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in May 1991 with a BA in Cinema-Television Production. From there, he rapidly worked his way up from a production assistant in LA to an ad agency producer in New York City. It was at his first staff job with Ogilvy & Mather in New York that he also made a name for himself as a director/dp, shooting first-rate test spots for next to no money.

He moved back to Los Angeles in January 1996 only to find himself crisscrossing the country countless times to freelance at a handful of ad agencies, including FCB, Bates USA, Grey, and Ogilvy. While continuing to produce tv commercials, he also found work shooting and directing spots through his production company, In the Wee hours.

Then, after more than ten years in the ad industry, Dan returned to the world-renowned AFI Conservatory to immerse himself in the study of more narrative, visual storytelling. He went on to receive his MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute in December 2004. His AFI thesis film, THE PASSAGE OF MRS. CALABASH, was later honored for Artistic Achievement in Cinematography at the 2006 Emerging Cinematographer Awards.

After graduating, Dan continued to occasionally freelance as a senior and then executive producer at Ogilvy & Mather in LA. His many years of hands-on experience in both production and post-production eventually led to stints consulting for ad agencies interested in building out their in-house production capabilities; shooting and directing tv commercials and web content for numerous brands along the way.

Passionate about visual storytelling, he continued to seek out opportunities to further his ventures in more narrative work. In 2014, Dan traveled to Indonesia to lens the dramatic short EARTHBOUND for writer/director Robin Shou. He was recognized again by the International Cinematographers Guild for his work on that collaboration at the 2016 Emerging Cinematographer Awards.

Some of his more recent work includes the launch campaign for CarbonKlean, the 1950s family drama LIFE IN KODACHROME, and the international drama DREAMS OF STARLIGHT.

Loglines

  • DREAMS OF STARLIGHT

    DREAMS OF STARLIGHT Budget: $1M - $5M | Romance Drama A young Mongolian herdswoman flees her abusive relationship to pursue her passion for performing -- only to see her longtime Hollywood dreams realized by her daughter.

Credits

  • RED WOODS

    RED WOODS (2019)
    Film by On Beat Productions Director of Photography

  • RIDE SHARE

    RIDE SHARE (2019)
    Film by Hollyware LLC Director of Photography

  • EMERSON HEIGHTS

    EMERSON HEIGHTS (2018)
    Film by Jeenyus Entertainment Director of Photography

  • LUMPIA: WITH A VENGEANCE

    LUMPIA: WITH A VENGEANCE (2018)
    Film by Kid Heroes Productions Director of Photography

  • 12 DAYS OF GIVING

    12 DAYS OF GIVING (2017)
    Film by Expression Entertainment Director of Photography

  • THE LAST TIME

    THE LAST TIME (2017)
    Film (short) by South Baywatch Director of Photography

  • DOMINO SPRINGS

    DOMINO SPRINGS (2016)
    Television by In the Wee hours Director/DP

  • THE LANDLADY

    THE LANDLADY (2016)
    Film (short) by Carpe Fin de Semana Pictures Director of Photography

  • EARTHBOUND

    EARTHBOUND (2015)
    Film (short) by Earthbound Films Director of Photography

  • LIFE IN KODACHROME

    LIFE IN KODACHROME (2015)
    Television by In the Wee hours Director/DP

  • BLACK TIGER: HUNTER HUNTED

    BLACK TIGER: HUNTER HUNTED (2014)
    Film (short) by Kid Heroes Productions Director of Photography

  • THE SETTLING

    THE SETTLING (2014)
    Film (short) by Barbed Wire Films Director of Photography

  • SUGAR

    SUGAR (2013)
    Film (short) by Whitful Productions Director of Photography

  • ROADSIDE

    ROADSIDE (2013)
    Film by Southern Fried Films Director of Photography

  • NICO'S SAMPAGUITA

    NICO'S SAMPAGUITA (2012)
    Film (short) by Sacred Fire Film Productions Director of Photography

Awards

  • Emerging Cinematographer Awards
    (2016)

  • Emerging Cinematographer Awards
    (2006)

Education

  • AFI
    (2002-2004)

  • USC
    (1987-1991)

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