DANIELS is comprised of two guys named Daniel. Daniel grew up in Massachusetts and began working in animation and graphics, when all of a sudden he met Daniel. Daniel is from Alabama and comes from a comedy and theatre background. Together, they are an unpredictable everything team. They share the directing, editing and VFX. Oftentimes they hold a camera. And when necessary, they act, dance or stunt double. They have a penchant for weird dramas and straight-faced comedies. Self-aware stories that tear themselves apart in an attempt to show audiences something a little bit new, or an attempt to be as honest as possible, or maybe just an attempt to not be boring.
They have been nominated for a Grammy and received a Silver Ciclope Award for their Foster the People “Houdini” music video. They have also won three MTV VMAs, most recently in 2014 for Best Direction for DJ Snake and Lil’ Jon’s wildly popular video, “Turn Down for What” which has racked up over 400 million views to date. Their Manchester Orchestra “Simple Math” video took home the UK MVA for Video of the Year, and in 2013, DANIELS received the UK MVA for Best Alternative Video for Passion Pit’s “Cry Like a Ghost.” The directing duo has won Grand Prix, Gold, Silver and Bronze Ciclopes, Yellow Pencils at D&AD, Best Music Video at the Vimeo Awards and multiple London International Awards. Their films have screened at the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase in Cannes, the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, where they were awarded Best Overall Music Video for Battles’ “My Machines,” and at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where their work was featured as part of an interactive retrospective.
In addition to their radical work in music videos, DANIELS have taken their visionary approach to commercials, directing spots for Levi’s, Toyota and Delta among many others. Their acclaimed Weetabix “Dancer” spot received a Silver A-List Award for Best Visual Effects, and SHOOT Magazine nominated their J20 commercial for the Shoot 2012 Top Spot of the Year poll. More recently they directed Jenny Slate (Obvious Child) and Paul Dano (Ruby Sparks) in the Instagram micro-series “Dress Normal” for Gap.
DANIELS have also directed for film and television, including episodes of Children’s Hospital as well as NTSF:SD:SUV:: for Adult Swim. Their groundbreaking interactive short film, Possibilia, commissioned for Xbox Live is described by DANIELS as a “love story set in the multi-verse.” Alex Karpovsky (Girls) and Zoe Jarman (The Mindy Project) star as a couple on the verge of a break-up while the audience seamlessly slides between the multitude of possibilities stemming from the couple’s decision. The film premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and took home the top prize at the Future of StoryTelling conference along with being featured in the New Frontier installations at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. 2014 also saw the release of their short, Interesting Ball, a series of surreal vignettes presented in collaboration with Dazed Digital. The short film was selected to screen in the Midnight Shorts category at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. DANIELS also won two awards for their “Turn Down for What” music video at the 2015 D&AD Awards in London.
DANIELS recently completed their first feature film, Swiss Army Man, starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award. It is set to be released worldwide by A24 in Summer ‘16.
They both live and work in L.A., but to be honest, Daniel does most of the work.