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Daniel S.

Boston, MA, USA6 reviews

$500 - $1200 / Day

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Top Services

  • Documentary DP

    5 reviews
  • Commercial DP

    1 review
  • Creative Director



  • 4K video camera
  • Full HD video camera
  • Multiple cameras
  • DSLR or equivalent
  • GoPro or equivalent
  • Drone


  • External recorder
  • Wireless lavalier mic
  • Shotgun mic


  • Lighting kit
  • Sliders

About Daniel

Daniel Stephens studied filmmaking in the early 1990’s at Loyola University (New Orleans) and the University of South Florida. Subsequently he decided that the best place to apply his storytelling skills was the booming new Internet security industry that blossomed in the mid 1990’s. Eight years later Daniel realized his mistake: filmmakers should make films, not firewalls. In 2000, Daniel left the company he co-founded to return to filmmaking. In the intervening years, he has served as the Director of Photography and producer for numerous music videos, commercials, and short and feature films. He is particularly inspired by the verisimilitude of the unpredictable and feels these moments are the foundation of exceptional storytelling. Daniel is deeply passionate about the planet's resources, both environmental and human. He is particularly engaged in the field of social justice and often works with non-profits specializing in this area to document their work and inform the general public about it through film and multi-media. His work with PopTech has taken him across the globe, from Nairobi to Haiti and from Iceland to the streets of Chicago to document and create stories of social change and social justice. In 2008, Daniel founded the production company goodfocus, specifically to work with non-profits and sustainability-focused companies. As an early adopter of the B-corp structure, goodfocus' bottom line is focused on social and environmental impact instead of financial return. This model, along with Daniel's freelance work, enables goodfocus to produce films that shine a light on organizations that might otherwise lose the opportunity to document their work through film. Most recently, Daniel shot the feature film, 'Fix It Alexis' directed by the incredible Elizabeth Spear in the delightful metrop of Austin, Texas. His documentary ‘There We Were,’ which tells the story of the recording of James Taylor’s latest album, ‘Before This World,’ was recently released worldwide. Daniel is currently preparing to shoot and the feature film ‘I Am John’, helmed by the incomparable Elizabeth Spear and is producing the series '26 Words,' a visual delight for future word geeks. He continues his work with both goodfocus and PopTech. When not somewhere else, Daniel resides on the beautifully lit coast of Maine where he is a partner in the film production companies goodfocus, llc and General Films, LLC and a member of the faculty at Maine Media Workshops.

Top Projects

  • Videographer for a sit-down interview in Lowell, MA on Tuesday 8/14

    • Documentary DP
    • News Shooter / Video Journalist
    • Commercial DP

    I was asked to film an interview with Education professor Jack Schneider in which he discusses some of the problems with elite private schools and how we should fix them.


    Produced for NBCUniversal on Storyhunter

    August 2018

  • James Taylor - There We Were - a documentary about the making of James Taylor's most recent album.

    • Documentary DP
    • Creative Director

    I shot and directed this 30 minute documentary about the making of Mr. Taylor's most recent album. I followed Mr. Taylor over the course of a year as he wrote, composed and recorded the songs for the album and then performed them live on tour in 2015.

  • Tuberville - Episode 1

    • Commercial DP

    Tuberville is a fictional web series in support of the actual non-profit organization, Tuberville, which works to end food insecurity in rural Vermont. Tuberville the organization works with local farms to and volunteer farmers to plant vegetables that when harvested are donated to local food banks.

  • The Changing World of Work

    • Documentary DP

    Interesting partnerships make interesting stories. PopTech was commissioned by Microsoft to understand the changes happening in the world of work. The project began as a film on the future of work, featuring interviews with experts on the subject from around the world. We grew the project into a series of 8 shorts that have been shown in presentations around the world over the last several years.

  • Cassava in Kenya

    • Documentary DP
    • Field Producer
    • Video Editor - Documentary

    A short film produced with a group of Kenyan Farmers in the town of Mattu, Kenya to raise awareness about their method of growing and processing cassava as a sustainable, drought and flood resistant food source.

All Services


  • Creative Director
  • Fixer
  • Production Company

Production Support

  • Field Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Commercial DP
  • Documentary DP


  • Video Editor - Documentary

Daniel's Clients

  • NBCUniversal
  • Seeker

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