Dan Freene ACS started his career in 1998 as a portrait stills photographer, where he learnt his unique skill of capturing people faces in their best angle and light. A craft Dan still uses in his work today.
By 2005 Dan's career as a Cinematographer was well under way, shooting dozens of short films and music clips. Between 2005 - 2008 Dan Freene ACS had a permanent position as an in-house Director of Photography in a busy Sydney Advertising Agency, shooting well over 200 Commercials throughout that period.
Dan’s short films include the 2008 Tropfest winning "Marry Me," The ACS Gold Winning science fiction short film "Shelter," and the compelling indigenous story about The Stolen Generation, "The Burnt Cork."
2009 was a big year for Dan Freene ACS, shooting his first feature film, the highly acclaimed "Wasted on the Young," written and directed by Ben C Lucas. Wasted on the Young played in competition at the 2010 Sydney Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, Busan Film Festival, Torino Festival. Dan won a Silver ACS Award for his work on the feature.
in 2011 Dan was awarded the highest honour in cinematography by being Accredited by the Australian Cinematographers Association giving him the honour of using the letters ACS after his name.
In 2014, Dan Freene ACS shot the comedy series starring "The Bondi Hipsters" with The Van Vuuren Brothers, "Soul Mates" which screened on the ABC. In 2015 Dan Freene ACS shot the six part SBS documentary series "Hipsters," hosted by Sam Johnson, which was the highest rating show ever for an SBS produced documentary up until that time. Dan has worked on several other television projects including three series of the popular Disney TV Show, "Hanging with." The ABC comedy series "The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting," and the high rating SBS food shows, for celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita, "Coastal Kitchen Margret River," and "Coastal Kitchen Noosa Beach House."
More recently in 2016 Dan Freene ACS shot the high concept Netflix feature film, "OtherLife." The film played the 2017 Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, and won Dan an ACS Gold Award for his work. OtherLife is currently available on Netflix worldwide.
Throughout 2017/18 Dan Freene ACS has been filming the highly anticipated feature length documentary "The Portal," a transformative film on the powers of mediation and stillness for over coming PTSD. The Portal is due for world wide release in March 2019.
Best known for his flexibility and understanding of visual storytelling, and his unique ability to capture the human face in the best "light." Dan has earned a reputation of being a master cinematographer that can deliver amazing results in a variety of challenging situations.
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