Dan Schaefer is a remarkably versatile artist. Painstakingly drawing stories frame-by-frame seems a singular talent. It's hard to imagine that Dan, having brought icons like Spider-Man and Batman to life, can use that same talent to create concepts for television and film. During his Q&A, Dan talked about the importance of being really good at drawing real people. That's the key to great comic book art, but it's also important for great art in general. And if you're a great artist, you can apply that talent to anything. Dan Schaefer has taken his talents and spun them into silver-screen gold...over and over again.
Dan has worked with movie-moguls like Gus Van Sant numerous times on projects like Paranoid Park and Milk, as well as Ellory Elkayam on Without a Paddle 2 and Guillermo Arriga on The Burning Plain. As if that's not impressive enough, Dan's also worked with Star Trek's Jonathan Frakes and Frank Oz on the hit-series, Leverage, and most recently, on Portland-based Grimm with Omar Madha and Peter Werner. Grimm's newest season premiere's on NBC tomorrow, Friday, March 8th; the show airs in more than 50 countries world-wide. Dan is also a producer, including Deep Winter with Twilight's Kellen Lutz and my very favorite Wizard World celebrity-guest to work with, Michael Madsen. Dan's film company, FilmbyFrame, has also produced four documentaries. And there's even more! Dan has used his talents for television commercials for companies like BMW, Intel, Nike, the NFL, and HP...there's no end to Dan Schaefer's plethora of talents!!!
Although Dan Schaefer has ever right to be inaccessible or too busy to talk to aspiring artists, he's one of the nicest, most genuine people you'll ever meet. He, Brett and Carlos sat with our exclusive group of 35 people and generously answered questions for close to an hour. Dan was great with fans and very encouraging to the aspiring artists in the audience who hope to have similar careers. I have to admit, meeting Dan after admiring his work for years was awe-inspiring. The cherry on top of the sundae? Dan loves Dr. Who and all-things British TV! As it happens, so do I.
Dan Schaefer is definitely #PopCultureProfessor APPROVED!!!
Thanks, Dan, for a great panel session! I look forward to working with you again soon. And hey, Portland 2014 is only ten months away.... ;)
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