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Domino Springs (2024)

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Completed On: 21 Jan, 2024

Director: Dan Hertzog

Duration: 21 min 22 sec

Genres: Short

Language: English

Country: United States

Submitted By: Dan Hertzog

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DOMINO SPRINGS tells the story of Erich Murphy, a troubled mechanic who ropes his best friend Bryan Spencer into helping him dispose of the body of small-town waitress Andrea Reyes. On their way back to San Diego from Bryan’s bachelor party in Reno, the two stumble into some Friday night trouble in Big Pine and race their way across the Mojave Desert to dispose of the body. As they enter the town of Domino Springs, things take a curious turn. What they encounter is far more than expected as they ultimately fight each other to survive the penance for their actions.

  • Directors
    Dan Hertzog
  • Producers
    Ganna Hertzog
  • Writers
    Dan Hertzog
  • Film Type
  • Genres
    Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Runtime
    21 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date
    21 Jan, 2024
  • Production Budget
  • Country of Origin
    United States
  • Country of Filming
    United States
  • Film Language
  • Shooting Format
    Sony VENICE
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Film Color
  • Student Project
  • First-time Filmmaker

Director's Biography

Dan Hertzog graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in May 1991 with a BA in Cinema-Television Production. From there, he rapidly worked his way up from a production assistant in LA to an ad agency producer in New York City. It was at his first staff job with Ogilvy & Mather in New York that he also made a name for himself as a director/dp, shooting first-rate test spots for next to no money.

He moved back to Los Angeles in January 1996 only to find himself crisscrossing the country countless times to freelance at a handful of ad agencies, including FCB, Bates USA, Grey, and Ogilvy. While continuing to produce tv commercials, he also found work shooting and directing spots through his production company, In the Wee hours.

Then, after more than ten years in the ad industry, Dan returned to the world-renowned AFI Conservatory to immerse himself in the study of more narrative, visual storytelling. He went on to receive his MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute in December 2004. His AFI thesis film, THE PASSAGE OF MRS. CALABASH, was later honored for Artistic Achievement in Cinematography at the 2006 Emerging Cinematographer Awards.

After graduating, Dan continued to occasionally freelance as a senior and then executive producer at Ogilvy & Mather in LA. His many years of hands-on experience in both production and post-production eventually led to stints consulting for ad agencies interested in building out their in-house production capabilities; shooting and directing tv commercials and web content for numerous brands along the way.

Passionate about narrative filmmaking, Dan traveled to Indonesia in 2014 to lens the dramatic short EARTHBOUND for writer/director Robin Shou (MORTAL KOMBAT). He was recognized again by the International Cinematographers Guild for his work on that collaboration at the 2016 Emerging Cinematographer Awards.

He has since collected a variety of awards as the director/dp behind the thought-provoking teaser for his 2049 sci-fi concept THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC, the pilot presentation for the 1950s family drama LIFE IN KODACHROME, the inspirational drama THE SNOW IS ALWAYS WHITER, and, most recently, the romantic comedy DATING AUDREY.

As a working commercial director/dp specializing in visual storytelling, natural dialogue, and subtle humor, Dan is eager to continue his ventures in narrative work with the epic historical drama THE FRIES REBELLION followed by the coming-of-age thriller AU PAIR GIRL next.


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