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Adam McDaniel is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, and writer. He is also a complete nerd and movie geek.

He attended New York's Vassar College, winning honors at various festivals for his student film work and receiving the college's academic film & cinematography prize upon graduation. He also wrote and directed a three-hour stage play that had the misfortune of opening the same night as an on-campus Billy Joel concert.

Growing up in Connecticut and New Jersey, he was largely a self-taught artist, drawing at an early age and winning several local and regional art competitions. While at Vassar, McDaniel studied film production, history, and theory, as well as directing, cinematography, and set design.

Following graduation, McDaniel went on to serve as a technical director and set designer for several theatrical stage shows, and as a production designer and cinematographer for independent films and documentaries.

Since moving to Los Angeles, he has worked for such companies as Ascent Media, Columbia College Hollywood, Big Ticket Television, and Warner Bros. -- where he spent over 11 years.

His illustration work has been featured in several galleries and publications, including a film soundtrack rerelease by Intrada Music, and at special events held by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Paris Games, The Newport Beach Film Festival, and Los Angeles' Secret Movie Club.


As a writer, McDaniel's screenplays have garnered coverage in the popular entertainment website Aint It Cool News, and honors from Amazon Studios and other screenwriting contests. His first novel, How To Succeed in Heaven Without Really Dying, was published in 2002.

McDaniel's definitive website about American illustrator Richard Amsel (The Sting, The Dark Crystal, Raiders of the Lost Ark) helped to rekindle awareness of the late artist's work. McDaniel is currently filming a feature length documentary on Amsel's life and career, through his company, CINEMALAD PRODUCTIONS. McDaniel traveled extensively throughout the United States, conducting over 50 interviews with Amsel's friends, colleagues, classmates, and art collectors, as well as new generations of artists whom Amsel inspired. The documentary, AMSEL: ILLUSTRATOR OF THE LOST ART, is the culmination of over a decade's worth of research into Amsel's life and creative oeuvre.

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  • Award-winning artist / illustrator, able to work in different media and styles.

  • Proficient in traditional techniques as well as digital art and animation applications, graphic design, typography, layout, set and production design for theater and film, advertising and photo restoration / retouching.

  • Extensive experience in Photoshop, After Effects, and other Adobe creative and publishing software.


  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

  • Intrada Music

  • The Secret Movie Club / Vista Theatre

  • The Hollywood Reporter (online edition)

  • LA Weekly (online edition)

  • The Newport Beach Film Festival

  • The Academy for New Musical Theatre


  • 24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters (documentary)

  • Indyfans: The Quest for Fortune & Glory (documentary)

  • PictureFrames.com marketing promo

  • Imagekind marketing promo

  • Indymag (featured artist & magazine profile)


  • Paris Games, Paris, France

  • Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA, USA

  • POPzilla Gallery, Anaheim, CA, USA

  • Creature Features, Burbank, CA, USA

  • San Diego Comic Con, CA, USA

  • SugarMynt Gallery, South Pasadena, CA, USA

  • Capsole Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

  • Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, CA, USA


Website designed and maintained by Adam McDaniel. All original writing, illustration, and artwork featured within this website (unless otherwise noted) copyright © 2020 by Adam McDaniel. All rights reserved. Images (in whole or part) may not be downloaded, copied, linked to, or edited in any manner or form for use on any website, image gallery, clipart collection, printed product, or other derivative uses without express written permission from the artist, unless it is for the purpose of critical reviews or commentary.