Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Danny Cooke and I am a freelance filmmaker based in the UK. It started when I was in my teens, I would borrow my brother-in-laws camcorder and make fun and silly videos. It wasn’t until I got my own camera when I started to get serious and now I practice my passion in a tough, but rewarding industry full of talent…so it’s very hard to get noticed! My style is primarily short-form, however, for me it’s all about the moment, capturing it and sharing the experience with the viewer in a cinematic but honest way.
What forms of media have influenced you the most?
Music and videos are a big influence on me. It’s not until I get the perfect marriage of both elements that it really sticks in my mind. Film’s such as Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation is a perfect blend of soundtrack and cinematography and an inspiration to my work.
What hardware / software do you use?
My equipment is constantly evolving to keep up with the industry. I started off with Final Cut Pro to edit but now is all about Adobe CC and for a platform it’s as much Apple as I can afford!! The most important tools however is my camera – I currently use a Sony FS7. But for Kinabuhi I opted to use a Panasonic GH4 for its lightness and portability.
What would be your dream creative setup?
My ideal creative setting is out in the world with a camera…so pretty much anywhere!