5TH EDITION — FEATURED ARTISTS

DANNY

CHANDIA

Director | Writer | Editor | VFX Artist

Desert Cactus Films

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About Danny —

Danny Chandia is a Las Vegas filmmaker known for his unique visual style. He picked up a camera at an early age and began making short films. By his senior year of high school, he was editing in Final Cut Pro. He majored in Broadcast Journalism at the Las Vegas Academy, and during this time- got his first job as an in-studio camera operator for the local PBS station, Channel 10.

After graduating, he began doing camera for the morning news at the local NBC affiliate KSNV, Channel 3. Around this time he also worked as an in-house videographer at the Thomas & Mack Center, making videos for the Jumbotron during live sporting events. This was also where he first started learning Adobe After Effects.

He then began shooting and editing for travel-based reality TV shows. This opportunity took him around the world- from Europe, to Africa, to Southeast Asia. His work on these shows has been seen on major international networks like Travel Channel UK and MTV Canada, as well as popular streaming services- Netflix and Amazon Prime.

He moved to downtown Las Vegas in 2013, and worked various freelance jobs while honing his skills as a writer, trying to get his first feature off the ground. Instead, he ended up shooting years worth of footage for a documentary about the tenants of the complex he was living in- Desert Cactus Apartments. In 2017, the property was sold and the scope of the piece expanded to include downtown as a whole. It’s now an ongoing project.

In 2018, he was invited to participate in the Las Vegas Film Festival: Music Video Lab, where filmmakers are matched up with musicians to make a video for $400. It came in $150 under-budget, and was completed in two weeks, with a two-person crew.

This two-person crew is now married.

Danny has recently started a production company with his wife and producer, Rachel Johnson, called Desert Cactus Films. Together, the pair have found their niche making music videos. By taking a DIY approach, they’ve been able to tell big stories on tight budgets.

Their latest video, “Violent Water”, garnered attention in film festivals across the country and won awards for Best Music Video and Best Visual Effects.

They’re now working on a fantasy short film called, “Margaret the Brave”. It utilizes all the techniques they’ve become known for, such as miniatures, stop-motion animation and matte paintings. The project is entering its final phase of VFX shooting this summer.

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COMPLETED KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

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"This silent-film-inspired music video tells the story of a French Navy captain who is cast overboard, and the perilous adventure that waits for him on the ocean floor..."

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"This silent-film-inspired music video tells the story of a French Navy captain who is cast overboard, and the perilous adventure that waits for him on the ocean floor..."

LVFF 2018 |  MUSIC VIDEO LAB

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"Singer-songwriter Paige Overton takes us through a whimsical retelling of her tumultuous love life, set against the backdrop of the wild west."

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UPCOMING PROJECT

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To learn more about Danny's Upcoming Project "Margaret the Brave" - we highly recommend this Journal Entry!

Before The Pandemic.

Written By -

Danny Chandia

The House

"It was about two weeks before the shoot and everything was in order except our location. We wanted a house that had some history to it, but most of the mid-century places we were looking at would not let us shoot for more than a few days. We needed six.

 

That’s when I remembered a recent call I had gotten from my aunt. "

To read the entire entry, please visit our Journal Page! Feel free to drop a like or reach out to Danny about their journal!

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Selection Statement

It’s not too common to come across contemporary filmmakers that have that storybook, dreamlike-charm in their work (you know, the kind reminiscent of Méliès). That’s why we are more than thrilled to have Danny Chandia as part of our Featured Artists edition where we focus on unique visual storytelling! As you can see from his bio, his past experience as an editor, cameraman and VFX artist have certainly helped him in directing his own projects, like Violent Water and now, Margaret the Brave.