• Where were you born, and where did you grow up?
I was born in Champaign, Illinois and grew up in that same area.
• What kind of a family did you grow up with?
I grew up with a large family, with several siblings and cousins, etc.
• Where did you go to school?
I went to school at Urbana High School.
• When did you first take an interest in movies?
I've loved movies since I was 6 or 7 years old.
• What was your first paying job (in any field)?
My first paying job was cleaning and caring for a neighbor's dogs.
• You make a living by doing photos, music videos, etc., for local artists, actors, businessmen. Have you photographed anyone famous?
I have photographed a few local names. Some are models, and local actors. Most recently I've done portraits for business owners and aspiring screenwriters.
• So far this year, you’ve released five episodes of the web series Downtown. What was the impetus for you to tell this particular story?
I had a simple urge to create. I didn't plan on making a groundbreaking show or a great show, I simply wanted to make a show. Something inside of me told me that I needed to do 'more'. So I did.
• How many episodes of Downtown do you anticipate making?
|Danny Hill in Downtown (2014)|
• Is there a large group of people interested in filmmaking in Champaign, Illinois at present?
There are some. There are a few university and college groups that do a lot of work. Roger Ebert was from Champaign as well, so it's an okay film scene, but I started my own company because I felt there wasn't enough.
• How did you find the people you needed, the support group necessary, to make Downtown?
Some of the cast and crew were friends who often asked me about being a part of what I do. They knew I was into film and was very serious about it. Others were found through Craigslist. I use that a lot to find and gauge talent/crew.
• What do you wish someone had told you about filmmaking when you were starting out?
I wish someone would have told me that there's more to the creation of a film than buying a camera and having an idea. I wish someone would have told me that it is problematic to hire friends for large roles in a film.
• What are your ten favourite (favourite, not ‘best’) movies of all time?
West Side Story (1961)• What’s next for Danny Hill?
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (1966)
Strangers On A Train (1951)
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
For A Few Dollars More (1965)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
I am currently in pre-production for my upcoming summer film entitled Holly. As well as continuing my interview show Almost Intimate and working on other small projects.