Make no bones about it, making an independent movie is nothing less than war.

And to have very little money is to go  into battle without bullets… or guns… or soldiers.

Director Daniel Kaufman and team reviewing video clips.

Director Daniel Kaufman and team reviewing video clips.

 

 Married Young

I am at the tail end of making an Independent movie entitled MARRIED YOUNG. It has taken three years of my life, the bulk of my savings and all of my attention. The unnecessary drama and pain associated with this project is impressive to me, even now. But thank G-d, the final product is pretty impressive and successful. Yet the drama is relentless. Here I am at the final hour, and the drama still continues.

As I take this blog forward, I promise I will go back and retrace the steps, the drama and the stories. At the very least, it is entertaining. But I also think that with some study, this can be educational not only about making movies, but about life (if I may be so bold). The life lessons that have come my way are nuggets that will stay with me forever. I believe these “nuggets” will guide me in everything that I do.

Big Lucky Dog - Remarkable Companion to Mr. Danny Kaufman

Big Lucky Dog – Remarkable Companion to Mr. Danny Kaufman

To start with, I am not new at this. I have been successfully directing on a very high level for well over a decade. I made my career in commercials and I have directed something in the order of 400 of them, all over the world (in 13 countries) and in multiple languages (12 languages – I only speak two of them, but that is an interesting story, I’ll get to it). And so, when I embarked on this journey I was clearly not your typical first time director. I have an MFA in directing from the famed UCLA Graduate Film School. I have directed theater, television, short films and (as I mentioned) 400 f-ing commercials! So I would think I was experienced enough to handle this like a pro.

But what I found was way beyond anything I could have anticipated.

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    About Daniel Kaufman

    – IMDb Mini Biography By: Daniel Kaufman
    Although most known for directing over 400 commercials, Daniel still remains active in long-form content. With his co-writer, Michael Craven, he wrote the feature screenplay, “Big Shot,” which won the Gold Prize in Comedy at the PAGE International Screenplay Awards being chosen from more than 1900 other entries. His script, “Clean,” won the Samuel Goldwyn writing award, and another script “The Conversation Piece,” is in active development. Mr. Kaufman’s short-films have also won awards, and are screened around the world. In April 2012, Mr. Kaufman completed “Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling” – a TV pilot starring Elliott Gould (as Director/Executive Producer ). Mr. Kaufman is also a leader in the world of Internet content and has created viral web pieces for companies like LG Televisions and Old Navy that have garnered more than 15,000,000 unique views. Mr. Kaufman’s current project is the feature film, “Married Young,” set to go into production in August 2013.

    Daniel Kaufman is a multiple award winning commercial director who has worked with such clients as Budweiser, McDonalds, Nestle, Walmart and Comcast and with top-level advertising agencies like Goodby-Silverstein, McCann Erickson and TBWA/Chiat-Day. His work has garnered many accolades – AICP Honors (3 times), AICE (campaign of the year) and others. Recently he has directed commercials for eHarmony, X-Box, the NFL, Boston Market, ABC, Comedy Central, Toyota and Ikea. One of the unusual aspects of Mr. Kaufman’s advertising career is that he is often asked to write and concept the very commercials that he directs – something which rarely happens in the industry. Consequently, in 2006 he opened BOGADA, a boutique advertising agency and production company to service the needs of several clients including Insight Communications, the country’s eighth largest cable television operator.

    As an author/photographer, Daniel wrote the book “To Be A Man” (Simon & Shuster, 1994), in which he visually explored the issue of male identity and conflicting gender expectations. His photographic work has been viewed in solo and group shows around the country and internationally. Before moving to the creative side of the industry, Mr. Kaufman was an executive in the business of film and television production and distribution. He was Vice-President of Acquisition at Caleco Pictures and Vice-President of Development at Ron Lyon Productions.

    As an actor, Daniel trained with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has more than fifty professional stage credits as well as numerous film and television appearances.

    Mr. Kaufman graduated Magna Cum Laude from UC Berkeley. He has a Master of Fine Arts in Film Directing from UCLA (where he was the only Film student in the 75 year history to also complete the theater directing course). He also is an Acting Associate to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama – the Associate School of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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