About Danny Santos

Freelance writer, filmmaker, actor, musician, and visual artist. Writing online professionally for 4-plus years and has produced and performed in over a dozen films and webseries. He has also been everything from a social media consultant to managing a JUNO award winning musician.

A Geek’s Reaction to the 2nd Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer


The new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Spider-Man is one of the crown jewels in Marvel comics. The character is widely loved, and tends to have big roles in some of the event series, which is why Marvel Studios pursued adding him to the Marvel Cinematic Universe … [Read more...]

Music Licensing Platforms Artlist and Music Vine Get Updates


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Over the past year, there's been an explosion in music licensing platforms for filmmakers. The goal has been to streamline the entire process, and to make finding and licensing music very simple and intuitive. Two of those platforms, Artlist (formerly Art-List) … [Read more...]

Filmmaking 101: Directing Actors – Part 3: Analyzing The Script

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) In part 2 of this series on directing actors, we talked about how an actor fundamentally approaches any part in a film. A great actor will make some specific choices about a character, their history, how they speak, how they carry themselves, etc. These are very … [Read more...]

A Geek’s Reaction to the Justice League Trailer


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) After several days of teasing the release of the Justice League trailer with quick 15 to 20 second teasers, Warner Bros. has finally dropped it onto the world wide web. Up to this point the only other look we've had at the team-up film was a four-minute sizzle … [Read more...]

Disney CEO Drops Huge Han Solo Secret, and Talks Future of Star Wars [Spoilers!]


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) There will be spoilers for the untitled Star Wars: Han Solo anthology film in this article. We'll warn you before we reach that point. Disney CEO Bob Iger had a lot to say about Star Wars during a chat at the USC Marshall School of Business yesterday. He not … [Read more...]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Won’t Change Leia’s Role After Carrie Fisher’s Death


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Tragedy struck at the end of last year as Hollywood lost both Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds back in December. While Fisher had completed shooting her role as Leia on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there was a question of what would become of her … [Read more...]

Filmmaking 101: Directing Actors – Part 2: On Acting and Actors

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) There’s a great bit in the Ricky Gervais television series Extras with Sir Ian McKellen. In it, McKellen describes the acting process that he just pretends to be the person he portrays in the film or play. How does he know what to say? The words were written down … [Read more...]

Deadpool 2 Eyeing Michael Shannon for Cable


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The big question on every fan's mind ever since Deadpool premiered last year has been, "Just who will be playing Cable?" The character was announced during the post credit scene in the film to be part of the sequel, in a sequence that spoofed the post-credits … [Read more...]

Producer Says Terminator Announcement Due Later This Year


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) There's something about the Terminator franchise that really reminds me of the Alien franchise... Despite multiple sequels, the last great film in the series was the second one, and in both cases, they were directed by James Cameron. Still, it seems one bad … [Read more...]

Filmmaking 101: Directing Actors – Part 1: Action-Based Directing, Trust, & Acting School


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Being a director has always seemed like a misunderstood role to me, since most first time directors are preoccupied with where to place the camera. The look of the film is generally a collaboration between the director of photography and the director, but the … [Read more...]

Deadpool 2 Writers Talk Future of the Character


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Deadpool was a triumph both critically and at the box office. It re-introduced the character properly with the perfect actor playing the part, proved an R-rated superhero film could work, and it was a lot of fun. With that film firmly securing a sequel, fans … [Read more...]

Be A DIT Rockstar With OWC’s Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The new MacBook Pro has made some very interesting trade-offs during its most recent refresh, back in late 2016. They’re now much lighter and thinner than their predecessors, and feature the very cool Touch Bar. However, they’ve also pared down the number of … [Read more...]

That Matrix Reboot May Not Be A Reboot After All

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Last week some news came down the pipeline that the Wachowskis' Matrix trilogy was going to get the reboot treatment. Where some people's knee-jerk reaction was that this was a bad idea, I thought it was actually a pretty good idea. I've already covered all the … [Read more...]

Sigma Unwraps Pricing and Availability for the 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art Lens


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Sigma has just announced pricing and availability for their new 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art lens. It was first unveiled at the 2017 CP+ Camera + Photo Imaging Show in Yokohama, Japan back in February along with the 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art. It will carry a retail street … [Read more...]

Editing 101: Color Schemes


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Color timing or color grading has come a long, long way from the original photo-chemical process done at a photo lab, all the way up to modern day digital color correction suites. Today's digital hardware and software solutions are incredibly powerful, and give a … [Read more...]

Streaming Review: Iron Fist


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) There's no way of reviewing Iron Fist without wading into some of the more controversial aspects of the series. Let's just get the big thing out of the way upfront: I firmly believe that the part of Danny Rand should have been played by an Asian actor. There would … [Read more...]