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Daniel Saul is a filmmaker whose work is rooted in painting, animation and participatory art. Daniel has worked as an animator, documentary filmmaker, exhibition curator, theatre maker and creator of large-scale community arts projects. He has also been engaged extensively as an editor, compositor and animator in both the creative and commercial sectors. He is currently employed by both the University of the Arts London and the Royal College of Art as an animation lecturer.
Daniel Saul’s first film The Morris Jelly House of Fashion won the animation prize in Creative Review's 'Creative Futures 1998' and this marked his move from painting into animation and film. His 2003 film The Nuclear Train won an Animate award given by Channel4 television and the Arts Council.Show more
In 2006 Daniel co-directed Priceless with Motiroti, a large participatory project with Kensington’s major museums. The project resulted in a series of film interventions and the opening event closed Exhibition Road to traffic and the work was projected onto the exterior of the Natural History Museum.
In 2009 Daniel was given the first residency at 123 Balfron Tower. The iconic tower block is the centrepiece of one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe. Daniel recreated the entire flat in 60’s décor and produced an immersive sound installation using the voices of original residents who lived there in 1965.
2010 saw a collaboration with Graeme Miller and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group to create write and perform Serenade for a Satellite, a theatrical production performed at the Birmingham CBSO and London’s Barbican centre.
Streets of Gold was a 2012 exhibition Daniel curated at the Museum of London. Featuring the work of five artists he commissioned to make work about the history of London. The artists were all new to London having recently arrived from other countries.
His current work is most often in film with projects with a documentary starting point expanded with poetry animation theatre and dance. Often concerned with biography Daniel uses a variety of disciplines and modes of expression to reveal hidden strata that make up the narratives of our individual and collective lives.
In 2016, together with artist filmmaker Rachel Davies, Daniel founded R&D, a new studio based in Waterloo, created to make collaborative work. R&D's first film Winter. was a film commissioned as one quarter of Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. - Quarantine's landmark 7hour theatre-show that explored the human life cycle and our relationship with time. This 'quartet' is currently touring and has been featured in many theatre festivals and symposia.
In 2017 R&D were commissioned by Channel4 to make a dance-documentary film in India together with TeamIndus, a hundred-strong team of young engineers who in December 2017 will be sending a robot rover to the surface of the moon.
Daniel Saul is a filmmaker whose work is rooted in painting and animation. He has also worked as a documentary filmmaker, exhibition curator, theatre maker and creator of large-scale community arts projects. His work is often concerned with biography and the loose idea that working across art-forms and differing modes of expression can reveal hidden strata that make up the narratives of our individual and collective lives.