Inspired by movie-making legend Ray Harryhausen; Dan began making films as a young boy. By his late teens, Dan had produced several 8mm films that featured rudimentary animation and special effects. Dan continued to develop his passion for filmmaking at
the Brooks Institute of Photography, majoring in Cinematography, Dan began his professional career in television, shooting and directing commercials and promotional campaigns involving stop-motion animation, video animation, and visual
effects. In 1978, he started his own production company, Taylor Made Images, which produced stop-motion animation and visual effects for a large cross section of clients.
In 1993, Dan joined the team of animators at Industrial Light & Magic, starting with The Mask. Dan quickly became one of ILM’s Senior Animators, working on projects including Star Wars: Special Edition, Twister, Jumanji, and Dragonheart. In 1997, after
completing work on The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Dan was promoted to Animation Director, supervising on films including Jurassic Park III, Deep Rising, Wild Wild West, Deep Blue Sea, and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
After a 10-year tenure at ILM, Dan was tapped by Venice-based visual effects company Digital Domain to expand its animation department. Digital Domain sought to bring more creature and character work to the studio, heavily relying on Dan’s expertise in
animation to procure such projects. With Dan’s arrival at Digital Domain the animation division became the largest growing department within the company. Over the past few years, Dan has directed animation, as well as being a very hands on animator, on films such as Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Percy Jackson: the Lightning Thief and most recently Real Steel, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award.