Skip to content

DDA Guest Lecture Series Fall 2023: David Daniels

October 4, 2023 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM

DDA Lecture Room 4E-3 Myrtle Hall, 4th floor

Portrait of David Daniels with an abstract background.

David Daniels is an American commercial director, filmmaker, and co-founder of the animation studio Bent Image Lab based in Portland, Oregon. With a master’s degree in Animation from The California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), Daniels’ expertise includes computer (or CG), clay, foam, character, and mixed-media animation.

Early in his career, Daniels animated parts of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, and sections of Peter Gabriel’s music video “Big Time.” David later directed the original twelve M&M’s spots, helping define the CGI designs of Yellow, Blue, Red and Green personalities that are still being used decades later. His industry awards include an AICP award, a Clio, Mobius awards and a Daytime Emmy.

David Daniels is known as the inventor of strata cut animation, a form of clay animation whereby a log of clay is created that contains different three dimensional shapes that are slowly revealed as the clay is cut away in slices. His film Buzz Box (1985) was his first foray into this unique approach.

Free and open to the public.