PHOTOGRAPHER, VISUAL EFFECTS ARTIST, ART DIRECTOR
Internationally renowned, Emmy Award winning artist Dan Santoni creates as a photographer, visual effects artist, and art director.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, his photography began to gain wide recognition in the early 90s. He also received editorial recognition in the Detroit News, the Detroit Metro Times, and other popular publications.
Dan became heavily involved in the underground music scene in the mid-80s, which greatly influenced his work.
In the early 90s, he was also involved in producing club events. These events included DJs, still and movie projections, multimedia sculptures, and artwork. They took place in venues such as the Majestic Theatre, The State Theatre, and 2036.
In 1994, Dan relocated to Los Angeles to continue his photography.
Conceptual Celebrity Photography
Delving into arts and entertainment photography, he has worked with celebrities such as:
Zack Ward, Sandy King Carpenter, John Carpenter of Halloween and The Thing fame, Kelly Hu, Margaret Cho, Norwood Fisher of Fishbone, Coal Chamber, Skinny Puppy, Ohgr, David Vincent of Morbid Angel, KMFDM, Sybil Danning, Cleve Hall of SyFy Channel’s “Monster Man”, G Tom Mac, Dylan Vox, producer Scott Humphrey (Rob Zombie, Metallica, Motley Crue, The Cult), Scott Weiland (RIP), and many more.
His work has been featured on People Magazine’s website, and in Runway Magazine, Revolver, Guitar World, Metal Hammer Magazine, Metal Edge, Rue Morgue, Strings, Sound on Sound, Mix, and Imago magazines.
His photography and art have been shown in galleries across the United States such as: Mr. Musichead Gallery, Rebecca Molayem Gallery in Beverly Hills, 2036, Urban Park, Dark’s Art Parlour, and Echo Gallery in Chic
On-Set Art Direction
His work in on-set art direction and 3D effects and CG animation can be seen in popular film, television, and music videos.
His credits include work on: Game of Thrones, Life of Pi, The Golden Compass, The Day After Tomorrow, Minority Report, The Incredible Hulk, Cabin in the Woods, A-Team, Land of the Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, as well as music videos for Sisqo, DJ Rap, and Ziggy Marley.
How Dan Works
Dan is well known for his conceptual portraiture. He accomplishes this by getting to know his subjects on an intellectual, psychological, and artistic level, thus enabling him to bring out each subject’s true personality, and character.
This, combined with his attention to set lighting, color, and post production skills in film and photography, all come together to create a lavish world not easily attained by most photographers.
Whether working with still photographs, live action, or post production, Dan excels at handling projects from concept and pre-production, to shooting and bringing in raw footage, and finally producing a final composited and color corrected masterpiece.
Wayne State University, BFA in Fine Arts and Photography
Nuke, Cinema 4D, Avid, Maya, After Effects, Houdini, Adobe Premiere, and in the past, Soft Image.
Reel includes: Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Life of Pi, Percy Jackson II, Lost in Space, X-Files, The Mist