Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, also known as the genius directing duo the Daniels, have had quite a spectacular year. Before the major success of their A24 film, Everything Everywhere All At Once, the filmmakers directed some pretty cool music videos and commercials.
Levi’s, Apple and Nike are some of the big brands the duo has worked with. Tying in their creative minds with music videos, the Daniels have directed music videos for a wide range of genres. From pop bands like Foster the People to techno club bangers with DJ Snake and Lil Jon, their credits are quite impressive.
But, how did the Daniels team up for EEAAO? It took another duo, directing brothers Joe and Anthony Russo (known for their Marvel films Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame) to fund and executive produce the film via their own independent production company, AGBO.
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Last year, Joe told Syfy that what the Daniels can do is “insane,” adding that it has been “a long time since we’ve seen filmmakers that adventurous with that high level of skill. They spent their 10,000 hours making commercials and music videos, honing their craft, and pulling up their team that works on all their projects, which helps them bring rocks to life and hot dog fingers and all the other interesting things that they do.”
Joe praised the Daniels, calling them “the most radical kind of storytellers, who have a process that is emotional and is something instinctual and undefinable for them.” Russo compared the duo to him and his brother. “They reminded us a lot of ourselves when we first started and made this completely riotous movie that only Steven Soderbergh could love, and only Steven Soderbergh did love,” he laughs, talking about their 2006 film, You, Me and Dupree. “But we watched Swiss Army Man and went, ‘Oh, interesting. I wonder if we help them calibrate just slightly without corrupting who they are so they could create something a little more explosive, that would reach a much bigger audience?’ Because their blending of absurdism and emotion is unlike anything we’ve seen in quite a long time. And also their technical abilities are great.”
Check out other works directed by the Daniels below: