Daniel remembers someone once telling him that "You are not working on a proper documentary until everything starts to go wrong!", which he absolutely agrees with. Luckily, he loves being creative and finding solutions for any problems that are flung at him. He is very aware that what he does is such a privilege because he’s being shown into people’s lives. As much as he has had to learn to be objective, he also realises how much of an honour it is to be there, which he constantly reminds himself and the teams he works with.
Despite having worked in some very tough situations, including following medical staff in Hospital or exploring the criminal justice system in C4’s Crime and Punishment and BBC2’s The Detectives which earned him a BAFTA nomination, Daniel points out that this wasn’t nearly as challenging as trying to encapsulate normal life, which he did as series director of BAFTA nominated documentary The Mighty Redcar. He felt that on this project in particular he managed to bind together incredible drama, woven from the lives of real people - a great responsibility and a huge accomplishment.
Something that Daniel is very enthusiastic about doing in the future is working on documentaries which push the form, incorporating drama into the mix and using real people in dramatic situations. Through BAFTA, he hopes to speak to as many people as possible about their filmmaking techniques in order to hone his own unique style and voice as creatively as possible.