Anderson Wake

Anderson Wake was the most involved film I have tried to put together. I’m very proud of the team and the finished piece. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of these folks again and hope to work with all of them in the future.

The films has been submitted to short film festivals the world over and we’re crossing our fingers that a few of them will grab it and give their audiences a watch.

Have a look at the trailer, put together by Brett Pittman of DarkRoom Photography in Bedford, Indiana. Give his work a look as well.




Here it is, folks! The debut of my student thesis film, Witchcraft. A lot of
people came together to make this happen and I can't thank them enough.
So watch, and enjoy.

written and directed by Dan Dillard

An awkward young girl is bullied by kids in her neighborhood. When she
has had enough, she casts a spell to give them a taste of their own 
medicine…and add to her collection.

Witchcraft © 2017

Drones and Filmmaking

You’ve all seen them in the news, on store shelves, maybe even in your neighborhood. Some of you probably own them, but the practical application of using drone based cameras in filmmaking is getting better, easier, and more affordable every day. If they have a downside, it would be the noise–those motors are obnoxious. That said, b-roll, nature footage, following vehicles or people in bird’s-eye shots, even replacing the crane or jib can be done easily and inexpensively with a little drone.


I used a DJI Phantom 3 for the shot below because I couldn’t afford to buy, rent or build a 120′ crane for one shot. How do you think it turned out?

I Want to be a Devil’s Reject

This film really affected me. I think because of its gritty nature. Rob Zombie, love him or hate him, doesn’t sugar coat things. His characters are dark, slimy–you can almost smell the liquor and the sweat. I think this is his best film and it’s all because no matter how outrageous the characters are, the audience believes they exist, their grindhouse world exists, their mayhem exists. Captain Spaulding, Mother Firefly, and Otis are real, deadly and terrifying. And above all else, as crazy as they are, the Firefly family is a family and they stick by each other, even to the death. No, this film isn’t for everyone, but anyone who enjoys grindhouse, horror, thrillers, or even just wants a jolt in an otherwise boring week, The Devil’s Rejects might just be the cure for what ails you.

Captain Spaulding explains top secret clown business.
Otis and Baby, here to do the Devil’s work.