Born and raised in North Carolina, Dane migrated to New York City in 1988 to attend School of Visual Arts with advanced photography studies in Paris. After working in advertising, Dane began making a name for himself as a cinematographer.


Currently operating out of Los Angeles, he's proven himself versatile. He was nominated for an Emmy in 2019 for his work on CNN's Doc-series "Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History". He shot Alison Eastwood's sophomore feature film, "Battlecreek," directed A&E's "Crazy Hearts: Nashville," produced the HGTV web-series "Front Door: Nashville," and shot many episodes of the award-winning shows, "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" (Travel Channel), "What Not To Wear" (TLC), and "Explorer", "Star Talk", "Heartland Docs" and "When Sharks Attack" for National Geographic, amongst a long, varied list of television programming and feature films.


His documentary work spans the globe from the deserts of Iraq to the projects of Northern New Jersey, with films including the Academy Award considered "Quest for Honor," Morgan Spurlock's "Comic Con IV: A Fan's Hope," "The Street Stops Here" (PBS) and "TEA Party America" (BBC).


Dane's strong story sense, collaborative nature and cinematic expertise were vital when it came to lensing scripted films such as the aforementioned "Battlecreek" (starring Delroy Lindo, Paula Malcolmson, and Bill Skarsgård), "Altitude" (Dolph Lundgren, Denise Richards), "House of the Witch"(SyFy), "Angels Fallen" (Michael Madsen), and others, including the award-winning short, "The Lost Cause" (directed by Jim Taylor).


He is a member of IATSE Local 600 in the designation of Director of Photography and an active member of the SOC, a PADI Divemaster and an FAA Licensed Drone Pilot. He greatly looks forward to bringing his experience, enthusiasm and knowledge to your next project.

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