Daniel J. Pico

Daniel J. Pico

Pico Blvd Entertainment

Director, screenwriter and editor in Los Angeles, California

About Daniel

Daniel J. Pico has been making movies since the age of eight. Fulfilling this dream, he went to film school at Columbia College Chicago (BA in Film and Video). He has written and directed award winning Short Films including the World War II Drama, “Two Days in Limbo” (2002). Limbo went on to garner a bevy of festival awards including Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the Michigan Independent Film Festival 2003, and The New York International Film and Video Festival 2004. Other credits include, “Back to Reality” (2004) that was praised by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy). As well as spec spots, music videos, public service announcements, and over thirty short films.

Mr. Pico also directed the feature documentary, “In Bloom: The making of Effloresce”, for Los Angeles based production companies Painted Saint Entertainment and Max Ink Productions. He also took part in the collaborative Dogma 95 inspired feature, “Common Senses” (2005). His Chapter “Hearing Impaired” was praised by critics for its ingenuity.

"Director Daniel J. Pico's chapter featuring hearing is by far the most effective of the five. Instead of falling into what could have been common expectations, he takes hearing to a new level - listening. He chooses to play with the absence of sound, which forces the audience to lean forward in their chairs, wanting to hear something along with the character."
-Emily Withrow, Film Monthly

His latest short film, “David Bianchi’s Soldier”, was an official selection of 11 film festivals and winner of best short film at the Queens International Film Festival, and best action drama at the San Tan Film Festival.

"(SOLDIER ) It is no small exaggeration to claim Daniel J. Pico’s adaptation of David Bianchi’s performance piece “Soldier” is among the finest experimental short films ever made. Yes, ever made. Clocking in at a mere 10 minutes, the film packs a wallop of such acute power that it is impossible not come out this relatively brief experience in an advanced state of devastation."
- Phil Hall, Film Threat Magazine

Most recently, he completed his feature film directorial debut “Farewell Darkness”, which won best feature at the Delray Beach Film Festival and The Drake International Film Festival as well as Best 1st Feature at the Drake International Film Festival.

“Pico works visual wonders on a low budget; the impressive combat scenes put many a mainstream production to shame.”
- Marty Rubin, Gene Siskel Film Center

After a small theatrical release in the United States “Farewell Darkness” is currently being distributed worldwide by R-Squared Films.

Daniel J. Pico is currently a working filmmaker in Los Angeles, who is looking toward the future, and plans every project with professionalism and passion.


Name: Daniel J. Pico

Lives in: Los Angeles, California

Company: Pico Blvd Entertainment

Occupation: Director, Screenwriter, Editor, Producer, Sound Editor and Assistant Director

Credits

  • Horror Haiku: The Summoning

    Horror Haiku: The Summoning (2014)
    Internet by Seraph Films Director/Co-Writer/Co-Producer

  • Horror Haiku: Bound and Gagged

    Horror Haiku: Bound and Gagged (2014)
    Internet by Seraph Films Director/Co-Writer/Co-Producer

  • Horror Haiku: Para Los Ninos

    Horror Haiku: Para Los Ninos (2014)
    Internet by Seraph Films Director/Co-Writer/Co-Producer

  • Horror Haiku: Comuppance

    Horror Haiku: Comuppance (2014)
    Internet by Seraph Films Director/Co-Writer/Co-Producer

  • Bloody Bobby

    Bloody Bobby (2014)
    Film by Black Pumpkin Pictures Editor/2nd Unit Director

  • Four Queens

    Four Queens (2014)
    Film (short) by Dir: Noel Douglas Orput Editor

  • The Beat That Her Heart Skipped

    The Beat That Her Heart Skipped (2013)
    Film (short) by Pico Blvd Entertainment Director/Producer/Editor

  • Sex Pose Man Episode 001 (Pilot)

    Sex Pose Man Episode 001 (Pilot) (2013)
    Internet by Exertion Films Director/Editor

  • Sex Pose Man Episode 002

    Sex Pose Man Episode 002 (2013)
    Internet by Exertion Films Director/Editor

  • Horror Haiku: The Phoenix

    Horror Haiku: The Phoenix (2013)
    Internet by Seraph Films Director/Writer/Editor/Producer

  • The Prison Web

    The Prison Web (2013)
    Film (short) by Dir: Jo Allen Editor

  • Eye

    Eye (2013)
    Film (short) by Dir: Joe Pytka Editor

  • Lotus Eater (Music Video)

    Lotus Eater (Music Video) (2011)
    Film (short) by BlakZodiac Productions Director/Editor

  • Forever Beautiful

    Forever Beautiful (2011)
    Film (short) by Dir: Noel Douglas Orput Editor

  • Mirror Image

    Mirror Image (2011)
    Film by Dir: Chris W. Freeman, Justin Jones Editor/1st Assistant Director

  • Legaleze

    Legaleze (2011)
    Film (short) by Pico Blvd Entertainment Director/Writer/Editor

  • Three Times a Lady

    Three Times a Lady (2010)
    Film (short) by Dir: Noel Douglas Orput Editor/1st Assistant Director

  • Holding Back

    Holding Back (2010)
    Film by Springfield Films Editor/1st Assistant Director

  • I Want Him Dead

    I Want Him Dead (2010)
    Film (short) by Red Cello, Exertion Films, Silo Director/Writer

  • Car: Scene 49

    Car: Scene 49 (2009)
    Film by Exertion Films Director

  • There's a Heaven Above You

    There's a Heaven Above You (2009)
    Film (short) by Pico Blvd Entertainment Director/Screenplay

  • Farewell Darkness

    Farewell Darkness (2007)
    Film by Pico Blvd Entertainment Director/Co-Screenplay/Producer/Editor

  • Serengetti (Music Video)

    Serengetti (Music Video) (2005)
    Film (short) by Pico Blvd Entertainment Director/Editor

  • Palooka

    Palooka (2005)
    Film (short) by Upressplay Productions Editor

  • The Last Bee in the Hive

    The Last Bee in the Hive (2005)
    Film (short) by Upressplay Productions, Dir: Paul Moriarty Producer/Co-Editor

  • Common Senses

    Common Senses (2005)
    Film by Split Pillow Productions Director/Co-Writer/Editor - Chapter 2

  • David Bianchi's Soldier

    David Bianchi's Soldier (2005)
    Film (short) by Pico Blvd Entertainment Director/Co-Screenplay/Editor

  • Court Jester (Music Video)

    Court Jester (Music Video) (2004)
    Film (short) by Far Out Films Director/Editor

  • Back To Reality

    Back To Reality (2004)
    Film (short) by Pico Blvd Entertainment Director/Writer/Producer/Editor

  • Roscoe Village - Episode 3: What Might Have Been...

    Roscoe Village - Episode 3: What Might Have Been... (2004)
    Television by Upressplay Productions Director

  • In Bloom

    In Bloom (2004)
    Documentary by Upressplay Productions/Painted Saint Entertainment Director/Co-Producer/Cinematographer/Editor

  • The Wooden Door

    The Wooden Door (2003)
    Film (short) by Clayton Entertainment Co-Director/Co-Writer

  • Two Days In Limbo

    Two Days In Limbo (2003)
    Film (short) by Pico Blvd Entertainment Writer/Producer/Director

  • Spoils

    Spoils (2002)
    Film (short) by Pico Blvd Entertainment Director/Writer/Producer

  • Something Stupid

    Something Stupid (2000)
    Film (short) by Pico Blvd Entertainment Director/Producer/Co-Writer/Co-Editor

  • Capture the Flag

    Capture the Flag (2000)
    Film (short) by Pico Blvd Entertainment Director/Writer/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor

  • Sonnett Sequence

    Sonnett Sequence (2000)
    Film (short) by Pico Blvd Entertainment Director/Producer/Editor

  • Inertia

    Inertia (2000)
    Film (short) by Pico Blvd Entertainment Director/Producer

  • Jethro Goes to the City

    Jethro Goes to the City (1999)
    Film (short) by Pico Blvd Entertainment Director/Writer/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor

  • The Hermit's Nest

    The Hermit's Nest (1997)
    Film (short) by Pico Blvd Entertainment Director/Cinematographer/Editor

  • The Tell Tale Heart

    The Tell Tale Heart (1997)
    Film (short) by Pico Blvd Entertainment Director/Producer/Writer/Editor/ Cinematographer

Awards

  • "I Want Him Dead" Single Funniest Moment - Houston Comedy Film Festival
    (2010)

  • "I Want Him Dead" Best Actress - Houston Comedy Film Festival
    (2010)

  • "I Want Him Dead" Best Visual Effects - Houston Comedy Film Festival
    (2010)

  • "There's a Heaven Above You" Script to Screen Contest Winner - Delray Beach Film Festival
    (2009)

  • "Soldier" Movies on a Shoestring Award - Rochester International Film Festival
    (2008)

  • "Farewell Darkness" Best Feature Film - Delray Beach Film Festival
    (2008)

  • "Farewell Darkness" Best Picture - Drake International Film Festival
    (2008)

  • "Farewell Darkness" Best 1st Feature - Drake International Film Festival
    (2008)

  • "Soldier" Best Short Film - Queens International Film Festival
    (2006)

  • "Soldier" Best Action Short - San Tan Film Festival
    (2006)

  • "Two Days in Limbo" Best Short Film - New York International Independent Film and Video Festival
    (2004)

  • "Two Days in Limbo" Best Short Film - Michigan Independent Film Festival
    (2003)

Education

  • Columbia College Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)
    (1998-2002)

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