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Lance McDaniel

Lance McDaniel

Lance McDaniel,
Board of Trustees



Oklahoma City University, Masters of Cinematography and Film/Video Production, 2007 (Phi Kappa Phi Society)

Stanford University, Bachelors of Communications and Media Studies, 1992 (Senior Class President, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Navy ROTC, Fleet Street Singers)

Professional Career

Lance McDaniel was born and raised in Alva, Oklahoma and developed a love for films early in life. Like many filmmakers of his generation, movies like “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” sparked his imagination and began a lifelong passion for filmmaking. McDaniel attended Stanford University where he enrolled in the film program, however, he found that their film program was somewhat limited in its scale. He began shooting commercials along with fellow up-and-coming filmmakers. After moving between San Francisco, London, and New York, working as an internet consultant for advertising companies, he applied for an internship working for OCCC’s own, Gray Frederickson and his production company, Graymark Productions. McDaniel worked for ten years running the deadCenter film festival and recently finished work as an assistant director on the upcoming documentary film, “Land of Gold” coming soon to HBO Max. When talking about why he chose

filmmaking as a career path, McDaniel said, “I love the collaborative nature of it. Out of all mediums, collaboration happens the most in film.”