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.

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


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


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


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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L to R: Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)

Credit: Jonathan Olley/ILM/© 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

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


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...]

Major Enhancements Added to StratusCore’s Virtual Studio Platform


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Back in January, StratusCore opened the doors to its cloud-based digital content production platform and suite of tools for the digital content industry. Now they've given the entire Virtual Studio platform a major update. Virtual Studio is a pre- to … [Read more...]

How to Light For Film – Part 2

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) When we last left off, we went over 3-point (and 4-point) lighting. 3-point lighting is the fundamental basis for lighting effectively. It’s not the only lighting style -- Dogme 95 films use only in scene lighting that happens naturally, for instance -- but it is … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: The 4 M’s Of A Screenplay’s Moral Premise


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Every film's screenplay has a plot structure to it, which can usually be summed up in three acts. Sometimes four or five acts or eight to twelve sequences but anyone who has studied and written screenplays has come across this stuff. As a director, it's important … [Read more...]

Star Trek: Discovery Originally Conceived as an Anthology Series


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) When a new Star Trek series was announced, CBS hired what many fans thought was the perfect person to bring it back to the small screen. Bryan Fuller not only created and ran some acclaimed television series, like Pushing Daisies and Hannibal, but he was a writer … [Read more...]

How to Light For Film – Part 1


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) It’s time for another how-to series! This time through, we’ll be tackling lighting for film and video. The easiest way to learn lighting is to start with 3-point lighting and playing around with the placement of said lights. 3-Point Lighting Any lighting … [Read more...]

Steven Soderbergh’s Next Film Shot On An iPhone


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) For a while, I -- and pretty much everyone here at Doddle -- have been very bullish on mobile filmmaking. I think it's the next paradigm shift for independent filmmaking, in the same way that DSLRs revolutionized cinematography nearly a decade ago. The first … [Read more...]

Official: Bond 25 To Premiere In 2019, Daniel Craig Reportedly Will Return


Updated: The NY Times is reporting Daniel Craig will indeed be back as James Bond for Bond 25, per anonymous sources close to the production. By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) We all know that there will be another James Bond film, sooner or later, but the question is when can we expect it. … [Read more...]

Comic-Con 2017: Marvel Studios Once Again Tops SDCC


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) If you've never been in line for Hall H on a Saturday night, let me set the scene for you. I typically go to bed early and wake up around 2 a.m. to take a shower, and then make my way down in order to get in line. Usually, I'm 3/4 the way to the back of the line. … [Read more...]

Comic-Con 2017: WB Unleashes New Justice League Trailer and More News


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Saturdays in Hall H at the San Diego Comic-Con are almost always the prize fight of the con every year. Marvel usually has the final panel, but Warner Bros. bookends Saturdays as one of the first. That means they try their damnedest to unseat Marvel. And we, as … [Read more...]