Born and raised in North Carolina, Dane migrated to New York City in 1988 to attend School of Visual Arts with advanced photography studies in Paris (France, not Texas). After eight years as an Art Director for advertising agencies,including Grey, Lowe, and Rapp Collins, Dane began making a name for himself as highly sought-after Cinematographer and Director.
Currently based out of Los Angeles, he’s proven himself as versatile as he is skilled, lensing Alison Eastwood’s sophomore feature film, “Battlecreek,” directing the first season of A&E's “Crazy Hearts: Nashville,” producing the HGTV web-series “Front Door: Nashville,” shooting 26 episodes of the James Beard Award-winning show, “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” (Travel Channel) and 37 episodes of “What Not To Wear” (TLC) amongst a long and varied list of television programs.
His documentary work spans the globe from the streets of Northern Iraq to the projects of Northern New Jersey, with films including the Academy Award considered “Quest for Honor,” Morgan Spurlock’s “Comic Con IV: A Fan’s Hope,” “The Street Stops Here” (PBS) and “TEA Party America” (BBC). His artistic vision, technological savvy, and team-oriented leadership skills have proven valuable assets to his work as Director of Photography and Director. After spending 146 days in Iraq shooting two documentaries, he was asked by Morgan Spurlock to direct the film, “The 4-string War,” currently in post production.
Dane’s strong story sense, collaborative nature and cinematic expertise were vital when it came to lensing scripted films such as the aforementioned “Battlecreek” (starring Delroy Lindo, Paula Malcomson, Bill Skarsgård and Claire van der Bloom), “Ponies” with John Ventimiglia and Kevin Corrigan, “Thanksgiving” with Seymour Cassel, as well as the award-winning short, “The Lost Cause” for Oscar winner, Jim Taylor.
He greatly looks forward to bringing his well of experience, enthusiasm and knowledge to your next project.
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