Daniel G Stephens

Daniel G Stephens

Cinematographer, Director of Photography and Gaffer/lighting Technician

Portland, Maine

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December 2011
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About Daniel

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 return to 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.

Daniel is deeply passionate about the planet's resources, both environmental and human. He is particularly engaged in the field of social justice and often works with non-profits specializing in this area to document their work and inform the general public about it through film and multi- media. His work with PopTech has taken him across the globe, from Nairobi to Haiti and from Iceland to the streets of Chicago to document and create stories of social change and social justice.

In 2008, Daniel founded the production company goodfocus specifically to work with non-profits and sustainability-focused companies. As such, goodfocus' bottom line is focused on social and environmental impact instead of financial return. This model, along with Daniel's freelance work, enables goodfocus to produce films that shine a light on organizations that might otherwise lose the opportunity to document their work through film.

Most recently, Daniel shot the feature film, The Sauce, directed by the incredibly talented Elizabeth Spear in lovely Austin, Texas.

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.


  • Hello Town

    Hello Town (2014)
    Film by Dikenga/Steve Balderson CInematographer

  • El Ganzo

    El Ganzo (2014)
    Film by Dikenga/Steve Balderson Cinematographer

  • The Sauce

    The Sauce (2014)
    Film by Brokedown Films/Elizabeth Spear Cinematographer

  • Anfinn and the USA

    Anfinn and the USA (2014)
    Film by Brokedown FIlms/Elizabeth Spear Cinematographer

  • PenBay Orthopaedic

    PenBay Orthopaedic (2014)
    Commercial by goodfocus/Anelisa Garfunkel Cinematographer

  • Occupying Ed

    Occupying Ed (2013)
    Film by Dikenga/Steve Balderson Cinematographer

  • Far Flug Star

    Far Flug Star (2012)
    Film by Dikenga Films/Steve Balderson Cinematographer

  • Anatomy of the Tide

    Anatomy of the Tide (2012)
    Film by Two Tides Entertainment/Joel Strunk Cinematographer

  • PerfectMatch

    PerfectMatch (2012)
    Film by General Films/Chad Eddy Cinematographer

  • Tuberville - Season One

    Tuberville - Season One (2011)
    Internet by goodfocus/Anelisa Garfunkel Cinematographer

  • Independence

    Independence (2007)
    Film by Baby Lion Films/Terry Gsell Gaffer

  • Maestro

    Maestro (2004)
    Film (short) by 809 Productions/Douglas Stradley Cinematographer


  • Best Cinematography - El Ganzo - Salento International Film Festival

  • Nomination for Best Cinematography - Hell Town - Crimson Screen Fest

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