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ABOUT

duane-fernandezHere you will find interviews with some of the world’s most creative, thoughtful, innovative and truly unique people. I also like writing about cameras, Land Rovers and other automobiles, art, design, bikes, motorcycles, gadgets, fashion, gear, travel and science.

“Asking an artist to talk about his work is like asking a plant to discuss horticulture.”
– Jean Cocteau

Duane Fernandez, Writer/Director:

A writer and director.

I have worked with: 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, A24, Focus Features, Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Weinstein Company, MiraMax, NBC Universal, FX, A&E, BRAVO, Lifetime, CNN, HLN, AOL Originals, El Rey, American Express, State Farm, Ford, Samsung, McDonalds, Live Nation, Goldenvoice.

As a Consultant I have worked with actors, studios, startups, brands and agencies. I offer creative direction, product development, branding, distribution strategy and social media strategy. I can also provide analytics and consumer insights, integrated marketing, marketing strategy, revenue and monetization modeling, media partnerships, research, quality control, publishing, content development, editorial strategy, brand assessment and alignment.

SPEAKING & LECTURES:

Modeling Life in the Lab Symposium Keynote discussion on Creative Process and Innovation
• Speak Easy at The Standard Hotel
• American Institute of Architects [AIA] – Creative Process
• Art Directors Club – Creative Process
• ADC Series – Creative Process – Featuring: Chip Kidd, Eames Demetrios, Jay Shuster [Pixar], Cody Hudson, Michael Osborne

BIO:

A student of my environment. Born from a Danish mother and Filipino father, my diverse ethnic background towed me from my birthplace in Los Angeles, California to numerous corners of the world throughout the years. Guided by my travels abroad, I developed an appreciation for a diverse visual aesthetic, reflecting influences extracted from many different cultural environments. I spent most of my childhood and adolescence encountering hundreds of foreign cities and millions of indigenous people, but no one thing inspired me more than the streets of an urban metropolis.

It was through this exploration of the concrete landscape that I conceived my ideologies about life and formed my artistic sensibility. Skateboarding and graffiti cultures have influenced me most; elements of both can be found in every project with which I have ever been involved. These two areas were fueled by the untouchable graffiti artists I witnessed, and whose art inspired me in Copenhagen Denmark, and by my close friends I grew up skateboarding with in the streets of Los Angeles and Manila, Philippines.

Once dreaming of becoming an archaeologist, I found myself broadening my interests, becoming my own archetype of the sociological anthropologist. Every path I followed and every decision I made has brought me to where I am today: a director, photographer and student.

PHOTOGRAPHY:

I have at least one camera with me at all times. Enjoy partnering with great brands and creating authentic content. Published in Billboard, Rolling Stone, PollStar, Southern Living, Design Bureau and several other niche titles.

I have photographed: Paul McCartney, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Dave Mathews, Pharrell Williams, Billy Joel, Elton John, The Eagles, Beck, Kenny Chesney, OutKast, HAIM, Kid Cudi, Future Islands, Jaguar Ma, Carnage, Rudimental, Solange,Lil Wayne, Carrie Underwood, Don Henley, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Brad Paisley, AC/DC, Celine Dion, Slipknot, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Jaimie Foxx, Aerosmith, Journey, Keith Urban, Sugarland, KISS, Daughtry, Eric Clapton, OAR, NERD, Elvis Costello, Billy Gibbons, Coheed and Cambria, Willie Nelson, Everest, Copeland, ZZ Top, The Fiery Furnaces, Matt Costa, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Flosstradamus, Grouplove, Janet Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Kellie Pickler, Girl Talk, MURS, Brother Ali, Steven Tyler, Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, Steve Aoki, Atmosphere.

FINE ART + ILLUSTRATION:

Award winning illustrator and commissioned to paint pieces for: Elton John, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Jaime Foxx, John Mayer, Miley Cyrus and Dave Mathews.

BY THE NUMBERS:

01 Extremely curious.
02 When I was a kid, I wanted to be an archeologist.
03 pencil > mouse
04 I had my first cup of coffee on January 27, 2012.
05 Although a pacifist, I am very interested in military theory and intelligence.
06 I enjoy both planespotting & trainspotting.
07 I’m fascinated with the moon and its effects on human beings.
09 I am fond of social experiments; I once devised a plan to sell my friendship on eBay.
10 In my free time I like to collect the images and stories of brilliant people. Over the last ten years I have amassed over 475 of these interviews.
11 I am a trained marksmen.
12 Recently I found a decades-old box of film in an abandoned house and I’ve been patiently getting a few rolls developed every few months. I am attempting to piece together the story of a family, having never know them. The pictures are incredible.
13 Favorite movies include: The Royal Tenenbaums, Grosse Pointe Blank, Mean Girls, Good Will Hunting, Catch Me If You Can, Inside Man, Heat, Collateral and Moonrise Kingdom.
14 Some of my best friends are robots.