Daniel Cook

 

About Daniel

An obsession with cutting demos on an old 4-track tape machine eventually evolved into a career in video and music.

As a teenager, an encounter with a classical guitar player named Julio derailed Daniel’s plans to someday dominate the NBA. He was inspired to dig an old toy guitar out of the attic, built a “studio” in a shed that smelled of harsh chemicals, and commissioned some ambivalent neighborhood kids to play Tupperware drums and milk-carton maracas. This was his first “band.”

An obsession with cutting demos on an old 4-track tape machine eventually evolved into a career in video and music. Since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2004, Daniel’s work has won Emmy and ADDY Awards for writing, video editing, and music/sound design. He also won the MVP award for our area’s 48-Hour Film Festival. Daniel cites many influences in the film world, including David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Alan Ball, and Vince Gilligan. As a director, he gravitates toward spots where music and sound are central elements.

Having spent more than a decade as an editor, Daniel has a knack for shooting for the edit. He has done music videos and documentary-style pieces, but his passion is live-action drama. Daniel has a flair for offbeat humor and finding compelling stories in the seemingly mundane. Outside of filmmaking, Daniel continues to hone his professional skills writing stories, as well as music for his alt-country band, New Reveille.