Dan Myrick

Director, Screenwriter, Editor
After slaving years on the edges of the Industry as an award-winning video and commercial director, Daniel Myrick struck filmmaking gold as one-half of the genius behind "The Blair Witch Project" (1999). From the ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1962 in Sarasota, Florida, USA

Filmography

Producer (7)

Blair Witch 2016 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Otis 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rest Stop 2 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Presence 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sublime 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rest Stop (TV Show)

Producer
Director (5)

Under the Bed 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Objective 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Solstice 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Blair Witch Project 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Curse of the Blair Witch (TV Show)

Director
Writer (4)

Under the Bed 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Objective 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Solstice 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Blair Witch Project 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (2)

The Objective 2009 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Blair Witch Project 1999 (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (1)

Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

After slaving years on the edges of the Industry as an award-winning video and commercial director, Daniel Myrick struck filmmaking gold as one-half of the genius behind "The Blair Witch Project" (1999). From the beginning, he and his partner Eduardo Sanchez strove for the ultimate in realism, but the secret to their success lay in trusting the results of their guerilla filmmaking and allowing it to stand by itself rather than frame it with 1940s-style newsreel and TV documentary devices as they had originally intended. "I was scared shitless to just let it go, as is," recalled Myrick in the Village Voice (July 20, 1999). "Think about it. It's Hi-8 video, as raw as you can get. Are people going to look at over 80 minutes of shaky-cam? I'm thinking, 'It'll never play in a theater.'" It was the rawness though, the amateurish home-movies feel coupled with completely naturalistic performances from the actors, that resonated with audiences and made "Blair Witch" the year's sleeper success.

Relationships

Julia Farr

Companion
born c. 1976

EDUCATION

University of Central Florida

Orlando , Florida

Milestones

2000

Produced the pilot for "Freaky Links", a supernatural drama series developed by Haxan for Fox

1999

"The Blair Witch Project" debuted at a midnight showing at the Sundance Film Festival and received the festival's first distribution deal just hours later from Artisan Entertainment which purchased the worldwide rights to the movie, including sequels, for

1999

In concert with the widespread release of the picture, the Sci-fi Channel broadcast "The Curse of the Blair Witch", a mock TV documentary originally intended to frame the "found" footage as part of the feature film; rejected from the final cut (but not ab

1997

Eight-minute trailer for the Myrick-Sanchez brainchild, "The Blair Witch Project", shown on "Split Screen" and presented as fact, not fiction, capped first season of series; another "Blair Witch" segment appeared on the first episode of the second season

1997

Commissioned to write and direct the award-winning trailer for the Florida Film Festival

1997

With Sanchez and Hale founded Haxan (from the 1920s Swedish documentary "Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages"), a company which initially made ads and industrial films; later that year fellow UCF alumni Mike Monello and Robin Cowie rounded out the Haxan 5

1997

Recruited by indie film guru John Pierson to work first as a cinematographer, then as an editor on segments of his series "Split Screen" (Independent Film Channel)

1995

Earned the national Charlie award for work on a documentary about the Bolles School (a K-12 preparatory school located in Jacksonville, Florida)

1993

Established the Filmmaker's Alliance at Universal Studios in Orlando

1992

Won Alamo award for music video at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival

1990

Met Eduardo Sanchez while both were students at the University of Central Florida's film school; worked on the abortive "Fortune" (a film about a witch) with Sanchez while there, among other projects

Signed to co-direct and co-write (with Sanchez) "Heart of Love"

Worked with Sanchez and fellow University of Central Florida film school alumnus Gregg Hale on "Black Chapters", a "Twilight Zone"-style trilogy of short movies

Grew up in Sarasota, Florida

Bonus Trivia

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The three principal actors shot every single frame of the movie's completed footage, a motion picture first.

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The web site and general hype was so convincing that the Internet Movie Database originally listed the "Blair Witch" stars as deceased.

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