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Danny Draven

Producer, Director, Writer
Producers Guild of America

Danny Draven is an award-winning writer, director, producer and a member of the Producers Guild of America. He holds a B.A. degree in film and screenwriting from Emerson College and is also a Berklee College of Music alumni. His films have been released worldwide with great success on home video, streaming and network television. He lives and works in Hollywood, CA.

Subjects: Film and Video

Biography

Danny Draven is an award-winning writer, director and producer of genre films. After receiving his film degree from Emerson College, he moved to Hollywood and worked his way up through the ranks until he began producing and directing sci-fi/horror films for B-movie studio Full Moon Pictures (Puppet Master series, Trancers) where he cut his teeth before starting his own production company, Graven Imageworks. He has edited over 80 feature films, including films for Lionsgate, NBC Universal's Chiller TV and the SyFy Channel. He has worked with and been mentored by Hollywood veterans such as Master of Horror Stuart Gordon (Fortress, Re-Animator), legendary cinematographer Mac Ahlberg (Beverly Hills Cop 3), and executive producer Mark Ordesky (Lord of the Rings Trilogy). He is also the author of three published books on genre filmmaking, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a dog aficionado.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Film Production. Directing. Producing. Writing. Story.

Books

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Articles

Mastering Film.com

How to Shoot: The Unexpected Jump


Published: Mar 11, 2015 by Mastering Film.com
Authors: Danny Draven
Subjects: Film and Video

What does it look like? It’s unexpected “jump” moment or cut where the character almost gets seriously injured or killed. How’s it done? It’s done as a practical shot on the set. When should I use it? It’s best used during moments in the film where the character is off guard and vulnerable to an…

MasteringFilm.com

When and How to Use Reflection Scares


Published: Mar 11, 2015 by MasteringFilm.com
Authors: Danny Draven
Subjects: Film and Video

What does it look like? It’s a shot that reveals a monster or killer in a reflective surface for the audience (not the character) to see. It also reveals the geography of the threat within the context of the shot. It could be behind, above, below or inside of something in the scene. How’s it…

MasteringFilm.com

The Thriller Genre - Book Sample


Published: Mar 11, 2015 by MasteringFilm.com
Authors: Danny Draven
Subjects: Film and Video

Who doesn’t love a good thriller? It’s a popular film genre that has its own visual style and narrative elements, emotional cues, and audience expectations. In Genre Filmmaking author Danny Draven shows the aesthetic, emotional and visual techniques of popular shots and sequences in the comedy, thriller, sci-fi, horror, action, romance, and masterworks/epics genres, and…

MasteringFilm.com

How to Score with Your Film Score


Published: Mar 11, 2015 by MasteringFilm.com
Authors: Danny Draven
Subjects: Film and Video

THE UNSEEN MONSTER The unseen monster in horror film music is a music cue that identifies its presence. This is a very effective mental cue for the audience and adds more dimensionality to the score. When you establish the cue, which must be early in the film, the audience will identify it with the monster…

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There May Not Be Free Lunches, But There Are Free Film Locations


Published: Mar 11, 2015 by MasteringFilm.com
Authors: Danny Draven
Subjects: Film and Video

One of the biggest money savers on an independent film is having a free location. If you were to pay a daily or hourly rate, plus insurance requirements, your budget would skyrocket. During the writing phase, write your story around as many free locations as you can to avoid costly location rentals, especially in Los…

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Press Kits to Die for


Published: Mar 11, 2015 by MasteringFilm.com
Authors: Danny Draven
Subjects: Film and Video

Press kits are promotional booklets for a film to be submitted to the festival with your entry form, or upon their request. It’s like a sales brochure promoting and informing people about your project. This can be done as a traditional hard copy press kit, or an electronic press kit (also known as an EPK),…

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Videos

JOE ESTEVEZ Talks about director DANNY DRAVEN

Published: Mar 11, 2015

Danny Draven's GHOST MONTH - Behind The Scenes Featurette

Published: Mar 11, 2015

This is a behind the scenes look at the 35mm feature film GHOST MONTH, which has premiered on Chiller TV and is also available on DVD and BluRay now!

REEL EVIL - Set Tour of morgue

Published: Mar 11, 2015

REEL EVIL - Official Trailer HD (Full Moon Features)

Published: Mar 11, 2015

FULL MOON FEATURES presents REEL EVIL a DANNY DRAVEN film

Stuart Gordon Presents DEATHBED - Rare Behind the Scenes Featurette

Published: Mar 11, 2015

A rare behind the scenes video for the film Stuart Gordon Presents DEATHBED from 2002. Features rare on set footage of the legendary director of photography MAC AHLBERG (Re-Animator, From Beyond, House, Innocent Blood, Beverly Hills Cop 3) and Stuart Gordon. A film produced/directed by Danny Draven.

Danny Draven's HELL ASYLUM - Behind the Scenes

Published: Mar 11, 2015

This is the rare behind the scenes featurette for the underground horror cult classic HELL ASYLUM, from Charles Band's Full Moon Pictures.

Danny Draven's DARKWALKER - Behind The Scenes Featurette (2002)

Published: Mar 11, 2015

The rare behind the scenes video for the campy cult classic DARKWALKER! The same film inspired a Halloween Mask by the same name.

William Shatner Hosts a Danny Draven Film - Rare Segments from the TV Show Frigh

Published: Mar 11, 2015

Rare segments from William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night, which originally aired on SyFy Channel in 2003 for 13 episodes. This segment Shatner hosts Danny Draven's Horrorvision.

Danny Draven's REEL EVIL - Videozone Behind the Scenes Featurette (2012)

Published: Mar 11, 2015

Check out the full Videozone from Danny Draven's REEL EVIL (2012). Here you'll get an introduction by Charles Band, a full behind the scenes look at REEL EVIL and a bonus section on the REEL EVIL makeup. Buy the DVD today at fullmoondirect.com or rent it.

Producing for Hire

Published: Mar 11, 2015

Danny Draven gives advice on the advantages and disadvantages of being a producer for hire. Danny is author of The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead, published by Focal Press.

Danny Draven's Filmmaker's Book of the Dead - Documentary Companion Video - 2010

Published: Mar 11, 2015

The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead: How to Make your own heart-racing horror film - by Danny Draven FULL-COLOR PRINT BOOK Available at Amazon.com!

The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead (1st edition) - Trailer

Published: Mar 11, 2015

THE FILMMAKER'S BOOK OF THE DEAD: How to Make Your Own Heart-Racing Horror Movie, by Danny Draven. FOREWORD by CHARLES BAND.