Dan is a professional musician/sound designer. He is also a violin player and violin teacher. He was born in Sibiu, Romania but moved to Chicago where he learned the craft of creating sound for visual media at Columbia College Chicago.
Music has been an integral part of his life when at the age of six his parents wanted him to learn to play violin but sound became more interesting while as a teenager got exposed to electronic music. Dan is a classically trained musician who pursued music in Romania but shifted focus on sound synthesis and design as his profession when moved to USA.
Dan graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Audio for Visual Media. After graduation he worked as Sound Designer for a publications company for seven years and used to create sound effects and melodies for electronic children's books. He always found the time to dedicate to his passion on working on sound design for movies seeking collaboration with new talent in film making. His latest involvement with Ave Fenix Pictures, a Chicago/LA based production company, is on its way to become a successful venture.
He has over 10 years of experience of all facets of sound in the moviemaking process, from on location recording, boom operator/mixer to post production procedures such as ADR, Foley, and mixing but also experienced in composition and scoring.
When My Eyes Go Dark
Film (Thriller) Sound department Based on the early events of psychic Lazaro Ruben Torres, clinically declared dead five times. Lazaro a neighborhood medium inherits psychic abilities after a tragedy visits him and his daughter leaving her dead. Lazaro is determined to develop his gift trying to reconnect with his daughter. In the process he discovers the man who killed her. Written by Ave Fenix Pictures
Adios Vaya Con Dios
Film (Drama and Thriller) Sound department A gritty urban thriller inspired by real events, Adios Vaya Con Dios is the authentic story of two friends within the world of Chicago's Latino street gangs. A day of reckoning approaches for Rory, a rising Irish-Mexican street lieutenant for the Olmecs, when his trusted life-long friend Eloy, just released from prison, dives right back into the chaotic crucible of violence and retribution that engulfs their neighborhood. Their friendship and loyalty to each other is tested to the limit. Written by Ave Fenix Pictures
One Step a Mile
Film (Drama) Sound department Based on the rapes that took place in the Wrigleyville area of Chicago in 2005-2006, the story is told by Joe Archibald, who questions what lies beyond the horizon across open water. Comparing the experiences in his life to a sailor who crosses treacherous currents, Joe evokes a compelling story about his own journey in life after he lost everything and the people who helped to shape the man that he became. Written by Anonymous
Film (Short and Comedy) Sound department The Narrator, a reclusive and eccentric man, spends most of his time indoors and alone. Above him lives Greg, a loud, obnoxious man who recently broke his leg. When the Narrator offers to help Greg with his daily tasks, what begins as an occasional favor soon becomes much more. The Narrator must decide whether to submit to the demands of his overbearing neighbor, or for the first time in his life take a stand for himself. Written by Chris Charles
Film (Short and Drama) Sound department After discovering that his Grandmother has Alzheimer's disease, a talented college senior named Ron, struggles to stay on pace to graduate. In what was supposed to be a relaxing senior year, turns into a battle against a disease that has turned a loving Grandmother and Grandson against each other. They are forced to either allow the disease to tear them apart, or fight it head on as a family. Written by Jason W. Camp
The Devil's Dominoes
Film (Thriller) Sound department On their way to a weekend hunting trip in the Ozarks, four friends get in to a car accident, killing the driver of the other car... See full synopsis »
The Small Assassin
Film (Short, Mystery and Thriller) Sound department The year is 1947, and Alice (Lois Atkins) and David (David Marcotte) have just given birth to their first child. When Alice slips into postpartum depression, David seeks the advice of their Doctor (Robert Breuler), who assures him that she will eventually come around. But as time passes Alice's depression takes a turn for the worse, and she becomes convinced that the baby is conspiring against her. David must decide if his wife is loosing her mind, or if the child is plotting their doom. 'The Small Assassin' is based on the short story by legendary sci-fi author Ray Bradbury. Written by Beverly Ridge Pictures
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