Daniel Furukawa | Storyteller

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Daniel Furukawa and I am a freelance filmmaker.

Have you always had an interest in art?
Definitely. With my dad being an architectural designer, I've always appreciated art in general. What started out as painting and drawing, grew into the discovery of film and a new creative medium.

When was that discovery?
It was around ten years ago; when I started making and editing videos for my youth group.

Then what?
From there I became a full-time editor at Shepherd Church.

How did that position have an impact on what you do now?
When you start as an editor, you gain an appreciation for what you need and don't need in the end. Now that I'm a director, I know what I am going to utilize in the edit before we even get to that stage of things. Overall, I'm very thankful for that job because it allowed me to learn and grow while being encouraged to try new ideas and making the occasional mistake.

Back to your dad, What impact did he have on your artistic upbringing?
Since his career was in design, he showed me what it's like to focus in on the detail of things. Even now, I'm always consuming what I see... I take everything in.

In what ways do you use that focus today?
Honestly, I use that focus in what I offer to clients. By that I mean staying away from being a "jack of all trades". By defining my strengths, I can focus on what I am best at and give my clients a better product.

What are you most proud of?
Last year, my team and I won Best Picture at the 168 Film Festival. Although the award is a nice reminder of our accomplishment, I'm most proud of the fact that we stepped out of our comfort zone and went for it. We had an idea, filmed it and now have something we can all be proud of.

With that being said, do you have any advice for someone who might want to do what you do?
The advice I'm always telling myself is to go for it... regardless of the outcome. It's a diservice, for me and my clients, to say I'm an "artist" but then not take any risks, so I force myself to do what doesn't come naturally and allow the finished product to be what it becomes.

Last Question: What are you doing when you're not creating?
If I'm not spending time with my wife, then I'm doing things that allow me to turn off my brain for awhile. Activities like woodworking and lawncare are very therapeutic for me and allow my mind to recalibrate during a busy day/week.