Dan Coplan
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RECENT NEWS!
Dan is now offering aerial video/photo services with
radio controlled multirotor aircraft.

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DAN COPLAN, SOC is a Los Angeles based cinematographer, Steadicam operator, RC aerial pilot, and DIT.



"But what really sets "Islander" apart is marine photography by Steadicam whiz Dan Coplan. Shot on location in Vinalhaven and environs, the film is a New England seacoast visual feast. It is so breathtaking, you may find yourself booking passage Down East."
- Islander feature review, Boston Herald -

"Dan Coplan's cinematography...beautifully capture[s] island life by isolating telling details at sea and on dry land that bring us into these people's lives."
- Islander feature review, Hollywood Reporter -

"...it's capably played by a practiced ensemble and stunningly photographed by Dan Coplan to capture the glorious light and colour of the Södermanland coast and countryside."
- A Swedish Midsummer Sex Comedy feature review, Oxford Times -

Background
With a degree in Computer Science and Music, Dan left an established career in Washington, DC in 1993 to relocate west and attend Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

While pursuing his Masters degree in Motion Pictures, Dan interned at George Lucas' visual effects company, Industrial Light + Magic (ILM). Shortly thereafter, Dan moved to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for cinematography and work with leading professionals in the industry.

Services
With the contacts and relationships Dan has developed, he can put together most any camera package at rates more competitive than standard rentals. He is proficient with the full range of cameras from lower budget DSLR's through to the highest end digital cinema offerings and his work as a cinematographer and DIT provides a solid foundation for HD and imaging technology overall. Dan can also assemble reliable, professional crews.

Dan's Steadicam is a top-of-the-line film industry grade rig that includes wireless video transmission and wireless lens control. He has flown everything from DSLR's to HD video cameras to full featured motion picture film cameras.

Dan also offers aerial video and still photography with remote controlled multirotor copters including an octocopter with 3-axis independently controlled gimbal for maximum flexibility in creating shots and a quadcopter for smaller cameras, budgets, and tighter spaces. Information about this can be viewed at Dan's Aerial Cine Pro website: aerialcinepro.com

RECENT EVENTS

JANUARY 2014
2014 started off with a bang and never slowed down. First, a really cool aerial job utilizing an octocopter outfitted with a gyro stabilized camera platform. Dan and his team shot the rooftop of the newly renovated LA Forum which featured a huge spinning record dedicated to The Eagles who celebrated the grand reopening with a series of concerts. Some of the footage can be seen on Dan's Aerial Cine Pro's website. More aerial footage was shot in Chinatown as a site survey for a downtown developer as well as footage for a TaylorMade golf commercial. With the NFL season still under swing, Dan continued work operating Steadicam for NFL Networks. Entertainment Tonight offered up a variety of entertainment news to cover, Dan operated camera for a multi-cam event at the Director's Guild of America featuring Academy Award nominated directors Martin Scorsese, Steve McQueen, David O'Russel, and Alexander Payne. As if all that wasn't enough, Dan worked several days as Camera Operator on feature horror film, 'Bloodsucking Bastards'. Phew!

DECEMBER
Despite slowing down getting close to the holidays and end of the year, Dan maintained a good pace primarily shooting for Entertainment Tonight and shooting more aerials for a music video starring international Sony recording artist, Shivali. Dan also managed to catch up on a bunch of screenings!

NOVEMBER
Along with covering the NFL season at NFL Networks in Culver City, Dan operated Steadicam for a stock shoot comissioned by Corbis, put his Aerial Cine Pro quadcopter to use shooting real estate property, and logged a few days with Entertainment Tonight including covering the red carpet event for 'Hunger Games 2', following the Paul Walker tragedy, and a variety of other stories.

OCTOBER
Most of October was occupied operating Steadicam and camera for NFL Networks on 'Total Access', 'Fantasy Live', and 'NFL AM'. A really exciting aerial shoot took place for a new show from REELZ Channel called 'Hollywood Scandals'. Dan's Aerial Cine Pro venture spent a day shooting a variety of beauty shots of the Hollywood sign. Some choice takes can be viewed on the home page's demo reel at AerialCinePro.com.

SEPTEMBER
The NFL season is in full swing and Dan has been at NFL Network studios operating Steadicam for NFL Total Access, NFL Fantasy Live, and NFL AM. Dan also shot the final episode of the season for 'Fun, Fit and Fabulous' and covered the International Cinematographers Guild 'Emerging Cinematographers' film festival at the Directors Guild in Hollywood, CA. Additonally, Dan has been hard at work chasing and implementing the latest multirotor technology for his remote aerial video and photo operation, Aerial Cine Pro.

AUGUST
August has seen a flurry of activity starting with shooting aerial footage of a gunfight on horseback for feature film 'Six Gun Savior'. Clips from this shoot can be seen on the Aerial Cine Pro website at the Demo Reel link. Then it was up to the skies over Los Angeles celebrity homes in a Robinson R22 for a still photo shoot for Forbes Magazine. A new campaign for Cigna had Dan shooting in Florida, North Carolina, and Connecticut. Queen Latifah has a new show and Dan worked as DP and Steadicam op for an opening segment for their premiere broadcast.

JULY
July offered a bit of a break with some time off back East. But upon return to LA, Dan got right back to it with a few days on BCII TV's 'Fit, Fun, and Fabulous', shooting aerials for a music video featuring Snoop Lion as a guest star, and showing off his 1960 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite at Burbank's Car Classic. Ok, that last one wasn't work, but it was fun!

JUNE
Summer has shown no signs of slowing down. Dan finished up in Colorado for 'Car Crazy' then finished up the season in France and Monaco. He also squeezed in a handful of Steadicam days for View the Space.

MAY
This month found Dan in Santa Barbara for 'Extreme RV's', at the Los Angeles Convention Center for several days of a global technology conference, and in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Gateway, Colorado for Velocity Channel's 'Car Crazy'. The shoot in Colorado was spent with the founder of Discovery Channel, John Hendricks.

APRIL
Another busy month as Dan was DP for a commercial for a groundbreaking medical device, traveled to Mexico City for Velocity Channel's 'Car Crazy', shot in Virginia for Travel Channel's 'Extreme RV's', and shot aerials with his quadcopter on Venice Beach for a Travel Channel pilot.

Mar 25
NFL Studios called Dan in to operate Steadicam for the live broadcast show, "Total Access".

Mar 17-20
Canadian restaurant chain Tim Horton shot a campaign in Los Angeles. Dan worked as Steadicam and Camera Operator for the spot.

Mar 15
Dan worked on a pilot as Camera Operator with DP, Matt Irving.

Mar 11
Strapping on his Steadicam, Dan flew through real estate for View the Space.

Feb 19 - Mar 7
Dan flew to four states around the country shooting for Travel Channel's 'Extreme Factories' and 'Extreme Yachts'. He also managed to squeeze in some time for live camera work at the International Cinematographers Guild's publicist awards show.

Feb 1-2
The Directors Guild of America (DGA) hosted academy award director nominees Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Affleck, and Tom Hooper for a live Q & A. Dan worked as one of several live Camera Operators for the panel discussion.

Jan 30-31 & Feb 4-5
Speed Channel's 'Car Crazy' spent time with esteemed car collector Bruce Meyer at his garage and the Petersen Automotive Museum. Dan worked as Camera Operator for the segment.

Jan 21
Survivor Truck is a massive custom built truck designed to survive a wide range of compromising situations. Dan shot and directed a segment for one of Travel Channel's 'Extreme Series' shows featuring the vehicle and its owner/designer.

Jan 5-11
Dan was hired as DP for a Spring campaign for American Eagle Outfitters. He also operated camera, Steadicam, and piloted a remote controlled quadcopter.

Jan 2-4, 14
As the football season continued into playoffs, Dan kept up with the action as Steadicam and camera operator for 'Total Access' and 'NFL AM', live broadcast shows on NFL Network.

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