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Meet Daniel Beals

An accomplished filmmaker, Daniel Beals has directed and written several successful short films, spec pilots, and promotional material for companies including Defy Media, Ubisoft, Atom.com, and Strike.tv. All of these emphasize underdog protagonists HARNESSING THEIR FIRE to overcome adversity, either with a broken glass-covered baseball bat across the jaw or sharp wit. Oftentimes both.

 

His feature scripts have placed highly in significant industry competitions. The dramatic thriller, The Crimson Pool (his feature directing debut starring Parks & Recreations’ Jim O’Heir in a chilling dramatic turn), was a finalist and honorable mention at the WeScreenplay Feature Lab.

Daniel launched into the creative world when he was hired to write the horror-comedy Sexy Nightmare Slayers for Ariescope Pictures and horror director Adam H. Green. He then cut his directing teeth in the comedy world, winning his first Best Directing award for the dark comedy, Mediating Kidnapper (starring Jim O’Heir.) Daniel’s natural ease with comedy arose from his years working in production on series like The Office, Parks & Recreation, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, absorbing knowledge from the best comedic writers, directors, and actors in existence. There’s no better - or more difficult - genre to refine your craft on than comedy.  

As a director-for-hire, Daniel’s overseen projects in multiple genres. The psychological horror short Incubus won in the Suspense/ Thriller category at the 2018 International Horror Hotel Film Festival. He also directed Defy Media’s promotional comedy Watch Dogs 2 In Real Life for Ubisoft’s newest game release. The video, made with popular YouTube content creators “The Warp Zone” has accumulated 6 million+ views since its debut. 

Daniel also enjoys reading and writing comics. His first foray into the medium came when DC Comics writer Marc Andreyko asked him to write a 1-page story for the Love is Love Benefit Book to raise funds for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. He highly recommends that everyone make comics because nothing beats the thrill of receiving artwork for a story in your inbox that completely blows away whatever you pictured in your mind. Collaboration bridges all possibilities into reality. This belief motivates his volunteer work encouraging other straight white males (in life and through his work) to embrace, celebrate, and better represent worlds that are populated by people who don’t look or love like them because that's the real world and it's amazing!

Daniel resides in Los Angeles with his wife. They have no dog (yet) but that can be rectified with your first “We think you’d be great for our next project” email. They enjoy traveling internationally every chance they get and spent 4 months residing in Australia and New Zealand near the end of the lockdown portion of the current Covid-19 pandemic. It was heaven. They can’t wait to get back there. 

Whichever project comes next - whether it’s his feature film The Crimson Pool or something else -  it'll sport the nom de guerre that Daniel received from the sage-like owner of a comic store he worked at as a teenager. It'll be: 
 

a Bealsebub film

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

SCREENWRITING

The Crimson Pool (feature)

Finalist

2023 WeScreenplay Feature Lab

Empress of DäGar (feature)

• Semifinalist

2023 Page International Screenwriting Awards

• Quarter-Finalist

2023 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship

The Great Zombie Recess War (feature)

• Quarter-Finalist

2023 WeScreenplay Feature Lab

• Quarter-Finalist

2023 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship

DIRECTING - SHORTS

Don't Be Afraid

• Best Thriller

2021 Couch Film Festival

• Best Music

2021 Independent Horror Movie Awards

• Finalist

2021 4th Dimension Independent film Festival

2021 Urban Mediamakers Festival

2021 Hollywood Horrorfest

• Semi-Finalist

2022 Renegade Film Festival

Incubus

• 4th Place/ Suspense-Thriller Short 

2018 Int'l Horror Hotel Film Festival

Mediating Kidnapper

• Best Director

• People's Choice Narrative Film

2014 Blaquefyre Independent Film Festival

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