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Filmmaker Spotlight | Dan Giangiulio of Aurora Films

In an effort to bring more cinematic stories to life, Dadley Productions is proud to highlight filmmakers across the country producing cinematic stories in their local communities. Today we are featuring Central Pennyslvanian filmmaker, Dan Giangiulio of Aurora Films.

Check out our exclusive interview with Dan here:

How do you like to tell cinematic stories?

I like to look for moments. I think if you continue to watch and explore even the most ordinary situations, you can find an interesting and poignant way to tell the story. If you continue to play with the framing, the angles, the timing, etc., something interesting will typically emerge.

How did you get started as a filmmaker?

Early on, I wanted to be a photographer. I was drawn to the field by the toys and the technology. In high school, my focus started to move toward video and I've continued to dig into the field ever since. I've always enjoyed the entire process, from concept to delivery. I started my professional career in live television at QVC, moved to post-production at, and ultimately found myself back behind the camera as a Director of Photography at Aurora Films.

What inspired you to pursue filmmaking in Lancaster County, PA?

The amount of talent in Lancaster is astounding. I'm continuously inspired by the work of others in the community. I also love that Lancaster is centralized to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and D.C. We can join big city industry events and join in collaboration, without needing to live there.

What do you love most about your local film community?

It's truly a community. It's an industry that requires collaboration, so it's incredible to see what can be created when you utilize the unique perspectives and expertise of those around you. I’m a firm believer in the quote “A rising tide lifts all boats”. I believe by keeping our talent local and collaborating, we do nothing but advance each other’s work.

This is one of the reasons we started the Lancaster Film and TV meetup group. To raise awareness of the resources we have right here in our community and to create connections between creatives. It's been really amazing to watch the collaborations that have come from introductions made at events or on the Facebook group.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone wanting to tell their own story?

Begin. It's the hardest part.

What is one *practical* way people outside of the filmmaking community can get involved in cinematic storytelling in their hometown?

Support your local filmmakers. Go to their screenings, they are producing amazing films. Support indie theaters. Also, as the cost of entry into this field goes down, that does not mean that the work doesn't have value. Respect the creatives and the work they create.

Tell us about a recent film or TV series that inspired you in some way.

Roma is an absolute master class in all aspects of film. The patience needed to let those scenes unfold is incredible. Every frame is beautiful and filled with symbolism and visual metaphors.

How can people best keep in touch with you?

I don't post a ton of work content, but I'm most active on Instagram at @dangian8. You can also find me on Facebook or Instagram as I run the Lancaster Film and TV groups @lancasterfilmandtv

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