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.

It’s Official – Solo: A Star Wars Story

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The Star Wars Han Solo spinoff has gone through some rough times. Written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the film was initially directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, who were fired deep into production. With little time to waste, Lucasfilm quickly hired Ron Howard … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Blade Runner 2049 is going to be one of the most difficult reviews I've ever had to write. I'm still trying to process exactly what I saw, and put it into words with the backdrop of this being a sequel to a celebrated classic. But here it goes. The original … [Read more...]

Rumor: Disney Saved Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. From Cancellation

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Did Disney step in to save Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) No one disputes that Marvel Studios is pretty much the king of the box office when it comes to superhero films. Every year they release two or three movies, and every year they make it into the top ten grossing … [Read more...]

A Geek’s Reaction: Linda Hamilton Added To Terminator 6

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Terminator's Sarah Connor is one of the most iconic female action figures of all time, so it's always been a bit of a head-scratcher that Linda Hamilton never returned to the franchise. The character was brought back in 2008 in the short-lived TV series … [Read more...]

JJ Abrams Officially Returns to Direct Star Wars: Episode IX

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Lucasfilm hasn't had a very good track record when it comes to directors since the company was bought by Disney. The first sign of trouble was when Josh Trank stepped down from directing an anthology film, which was then followed by issues plaguing Rogue One with … [Read more...]

Learning From Sundance: El Mariachi

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Last time we were looking at Clerks for lessons we can take away from previous independent films, which was shot for under $30,000. Today, we look at a film that was shot for even less: Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi was filmed for a little over $7,000. El … [Read more...]

Learning From Sundance: Clerks

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Every film tells two stories, the one on the screen and the one behind the scenes. This is the best part of independent filmmaking, sometimes the story behind the film is just as entertaining. And informative. There’s probably no better place to learn the … [Read more...]

James Cameron says Avatar Sequels In ‘Full-Tilt Production’ and Wonder Woman was a Step Backward

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) It's been a while since we heard about Avatar 2, so it was just a matter of time before someone asked James Cameron about it. Fortunately, with the 3D re-release of Terminator 2: Judgement Day around the corner, reporters had a chance to ask the director about the … [Read more...]

Streaming Review: Marvel’s The Defenders

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I have been waiting what feels like a very long time for Marvel's The Defendersr. When the Marvel/Netflix partnership was announced, I was incredibly excited that we would get four solo series — which included series such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, … [Read more...]

Ash Vs. Evil Dead May Be Delayed Until 2018, Will Reveal Why He’s Chosen One

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Ash Vs. Evil Dead gave fans of the franchise what they've longed for ever since Army of Darkness: a true sequel. Every year it seemed like Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, and Bruce Campbell were close to begin work on a fourth film, only to find out that they weren't. … [Read more...]

Update: Daniel Craig “Can’t Wait” To Return For Bond 25

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New Update: While on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Daniel Craig admitted he had been cagey about his return as James Bond in recent interviews, while promoting his new movie, Logan Lucky from Stephen Soderbergh. But he now seemed to confirm to Colbert that he will indeed return, at least for … [Read more...]

Just How Extensive Are Joss Whedon’s Justice League Reshoots?

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Earlier this year, Zack Snyder stepped down from directorial duties on Justice League due to a family tragedy. He was replaced by Avengers director Joss Whedon, but Warner Bros. was adamant that nothing would be changed, and that the reshoots would stay faithful … [Read more...]

How to Light For Film – Part 3

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) In part 1 and part 2 of this series we explored how to setup a standard scene with 3-point/4-point lighting as well as the properties of light itself. Two more elements I want to introduce you to are motivated and unmotivated light. Understanding the use of … [Read more...]

Why It May Be Better To Upgrade Your NLE System vs. Buying New

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Editor's note: We are re-publishing this article as it is full of great information for editors considering whether to buy a new system or upgrade. By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) One of the biggest headaches for anyone who works in a creative field that uses high-powered computer systems, … [Read more...]

Loads of New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Details and Images!

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Fans are desperate for any information on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And that also includes any new images. Fortunately, Entertainment Weekly was able to interview many of the cast and revealed some really cool stuff. Some of the revelations are about the … [Read more...]

Filmmaking 101: The Ten Commandments For Working On A Film Set

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By Danny F. Santos Being on a film set is one of the most hectic, dangerous, exhausting things you can be employed to do. There are a ton of details that need to be taken care of and if things aren't done properly, lives may be in danger. The only way you’re going to make it through the day … [Read more...]