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T H E  F I L M M A K E R S


Director, Writer, Producer

McDaniel is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, and writer.  This marks his feature directing debut, producing under his CINEMALAD PRODUCTIONS banner.


He attended New York's Vassar College, winning honors at various festivals for his student film work and receiving the college's academic film & cinematography prize upon graduation. He also wrote and directed a three-hour stage play that had the misfortune of opening the same night as an on-campus Billy Joel concert.

Growing up in Connecticut and New Jersey, he was largely a self-taught artist, drawing at an early age and winning several local and regional art competitions. Following graduation, McDaniel went on to serve as a technical director and set designer for several theatrical stage shows, and as a production designer and cinematographer for independent films and documentaries. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry, working for such companies as Warner Bros., Disney, Ascent Media, Revolution Studios, and film school Columbia College Hollywood, while continuing freelance work in illustration, videography, and writing on the side.

McDaniel's artwork has been featured within online editions of The LA Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter, and published by such companies as Intrada Music, Tantrum Books, and the Newport Beach Film Festival. He is featured in interviews discussing movie poster artwork within the documentaries Indyfans and 24x36:  A Movie About Movie Posters.

He is also a writer, with screenplays garnering coverage in the popular entertainment website Aint It Cool News, honors from Amazon Studios, and other screenwriting contests.  His first novel, How To Succeed in Heaven Without Really Dying, was published in 2002, and a second book, Chasing Echoes Through the Dark, is forthcoming.


A lifelong fan of Amsel's work (and a happily self-proclaimed "wannabe" illustrator in comparison), McDaniel created the first comprehensive profile of the artist, at The website and this film are the culmination of over ten years of research and planning.


Associate Producer

Stephen Jared grew up in a small Ohio town in the late 1970s/early 1980s. He was at the cinema every weekend. When considering what he might do as an adult he only had one idea: he wanted to work in movies. In the summer of 1989 he moved to Los Angeles. He was twenty-one years old. Since then, he’s appeared as an actor in movies such as He's Just Not That Into You, and on television series such as iCarly and Criminal Minds.


In 2010, he wrote Jack and the Jungle Lion, a novel inspired by 1930s Hollywood. Having received much critical praise, Solstice Publishing began releasing his work, starting with Ten-A-Week Steale, hailed as a “fantastic work in the tradition of the old pulp/noir masters.” The Elephants of Shanghai continued on from where Jack and the Jungle Lion left off, and went on to take Second Place at the 2013 Hollywood Book Festival.


He interviewed Drew Struzan for Pasadena Magazine shortly before the movie poster legend retired.

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