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.

Sony To Kick Off Valiant Comics Shared Universe With Harbinger


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Shared universes are the big thing in Hollywood these days, with Marvel and DC Comics currently raking in quite a bit of money despite the latter's poor critical performance. Soon Universal Pictures will join the fray with their classic monster properties … [Read more...]

Get up to a $20,000 Production Fund Grant For Your Short Film


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Making a film is challenging, exciting, frustrating, and incredibly rewarding. It is also a risky and expensive investment, so money will always be a bit of an issue, however. While a lot of films are either financed by finding investors or out of the filmmaker's … [Read more...]

Editing 101: The Art of Cutting – Where to Start

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) You've heard the old saying that a film is written three times: First as a screenplay, then during production, and again when it's been edited. It's easy to find tons of information on how to write a screenplay or direct a film (I should know, I've written a lot on … [Read more...]

A Geek’s Reaction to the Final Fantastic Beasts Trailer


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I've never been the biggest fan of the Harry Potter series, although I do find a lot to like about it, especially in terms of world building. The novels themselves are extremely repetitive, which means I have yet to be able to marathon the films, as they kind of … [Read more...]

Producer Says Captain Marvel Director Announcement Coming Soon


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Marvel Studios have consistently made one good movie after another for the past eight years. Even the lesser films, like The Incredible Hulk and Thor: The Dark World are still enjoyable movies in their own right — they just tend to be not as good when compared … [Read more...]

Short Film Script Contest Offers $20,000 Production Grant


Update: Just a reminder the early bird deadline is October 12, 2016. By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Recently, we reported on a grant that would give a filmmaker $7,000 to write and direct a feature film. But what if you don't have a full length screenplay in development, but have a concept … [Read more...]

Filmmakers: Apply For A $7,000 Feature Film Grant


Update: The final deadline is tomorrow September 30, 2016! Submit today here. By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The cost of filmmaking has been seriously decreasing for independent filmmakers for years, but there are still those with no money to make a film whatsoever. So what's a filmmaker with … [Read more...]

TV Review: Ash Vs. Evil Dead – Season 2, Ep 1: “Home”

Ash Vs. Evil Dead

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Evil Dead is one of my favorite cult film series of all time, so I'm ecstatic that it's being continued on television on Starz, who the show be as crude and bloody as it needs to be. Season one of Ash Vs. Evil Dead was fantastic, and the wait for season two has … [Read more...]

Jon Favreau Developing The Lion King Live-Action Remake


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Over the last few years, Disney has been remaking many of their classic animated films into live-action ones. It has been working out incredibly well for them, but I haven't been a huge Disney cartoon watcher growing up — with the exception of the Pixar films — … [Read more...]

Luke Evans Says Dracula Untold 2 May Be in the Cards

Dracula Untold

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Universal doesn't have a roster of superheroes from which to launch a shared universe, but it does have a roster of classic monsters. When Marvel proved you could make a mountain of money by making a shared univers, it was only a matter of time before other studios … [Read more...]

When Is Ben Affleck’s Batman Film Coming Out? Maybe Sooner Than You Thought


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. haven't actually been off to a great start with their DC shared universe outings. While the three films that currently compose the DC Extended Universe have been successful at the box-office, the critics haven't been particularly … [Read more...]

Benedict Cumberbatch: Doctor Strange Is In Avengers: Infinity War


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) One of the weirder, if not weirdest, properties Marvel Studios is bringing to the screen is Doctor Strange. The film will star Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role as a neurosurgeon who loses the use of his hands, and goes on a quest to find someway of healing … [Read more...]

Here’s What To Expect From Stranger Things Season Two


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Stranger Things went under my radar when it was being produced, but instantly became the series I was looking forward to most when the first trailer hit. It is pretty much considered the sleeper hit of the 2016 summer season, and delivered a show that was not only … [Read more...]

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


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...]

BBC Unveils Sherlock Series 4 Episode Titles


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Sherlock is the series that put Benedict Cumberbatch on the map. If it wasn't for that series, I doubt he would have been hired for Star Trek Into Darkness, the voice of Smaug in the Hobbit films, or for Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange. The BBC series has been … [Read more...]

Dave Filoni No Longer Supervising Director On Star Wars Rebels


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) One of the things that really caught me by surprise was that Star Wars: The Clone Wars somehow improved the prequel films. I didn't like the characterization of Anakin Skywalker in the films, but the cartoon really brought out the nuance in the character, and you … [Read more...]