Daniel Flannery creates content and experiences in a broad spectrum of entertainment. Lauded for being a Visionary Artist and a “Maestro” of his creations, Flannery's work is incomparable and has received critical acclaim world-wide. He is a creative producer, director, director of photography, scenographer and lighting designer. But mostly, he is a dreamer with imagination and originality.
Born, raised and educated in New York, Flannery’s career began as a director of photography in film and television and lighting designer in the theatre, opera and dance. He achieved award-winning status as a director of photography and is credited with introducing theatrical lighting to major motion pictures and numerous television series for which he has received four Primetime Emmy nominations and the LDI “Lighting Designer of the Year”.
Flannery's work evolved to include producing and directing in diverse forms of entertainment and new media. In 1980 he founded a Los Angeles based production company supporting clients such as Disney Imagineering, Universal Creative, ABC Television Network and international performing arts centers, world expos and world events. His concepts, designs and productions set industry standards. His designs and attraction, Adventure Slots, for the Hollywood casino earned a THEA Award. His direction of the artistic segment of the closing ceremonies in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics will forever be remembered because of the spaceship.
As a creator and producer of original intellectual properties and content, Flannery draws upon his experiences and visionary talent to translate words and music into compelling, iconic visual images through immersive and emotional experiences. He is recognized for being a visionary and pioneer of emerging entertainment experiences and technology.
Los Angeles Olympics CLOSING CEREMONIES, Co-Director and Producer
Majid and the Secret of Life, Exec. Producer, Director; an animated 3-D stereoscopic dome film which is a permanent attraction and presented daily in the Doha Qatar Awareness Centre, museum.
Illusions, Exec. Producer, Director; a stage spectacle, with an international cast, featuring 3-D stereoscopic animation sequences, presented nightly for one year in Shanghai China.
Elements, Producer, Director, Designer; a theatrical production, with an international cast, integrating video projection. The show was presented nightly and ran for five years in Shenzhen China.
ADVENTURE SLOTS, located in Hollywood Casino, Tunica, is an immersive, award winning, gaming experience inspired by adventure films.
Symphantasy®, Co-creator with Maestro Erich Kunzel, of a television special and a live concert spectacle featuring George Clooney, Kelsey Grammer and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
Water Fantasium, Creator, Director; voted by critics as the No. 1 attraction at the Osaka World Expo, featuring water, animatronics, fire and special effects.
Fantastic Odyssey, Lotte Pavilion, Creator, Director; most popular attractions at the Taejon S. Korea World Expo, featuring water, fire, illusions and automated scenography.
Cosmic Symphony in the Tokyo Dome, Creator, Director, Designer; presented nightly for over a decade this attraction was presented nightly in Tokyo Japan.
VOYAGE 350, Creator, Director, Designer; a purpose-built theatre resembling a tall ship, set sail nightly in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. A cast serving as the ships’ crew shared the story of the founding of Maryland with Illusions and film projected on three grand sails.
Roseanne, Director of Photography for All episodes seasons 1 thru 8 on ABC Television.
The original Star Wars Concert, in 1977 with Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, conceived designed and directed by Flannery.
Theatrical Lighting Design for major motion pictures, DEATH BECOMES HER, FORREST GUMP and Noises Off.
Creative contributions as conceptualist, scenographer and lighting designer to Disney's EPCOT including AMERICAN ADVENTURE, Journey Into the Imagination and Kitchen Kabaret.
Concept development, design and production to Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando and ISLANDS of ADVENTURE, for area development and attractions including ET, King Kong, Back to the Future and Jurassic Park. The master architectural and site-scape lighting design for both Orlando parks.
A THEA Award for Adventure Slots at the Hollywood Casino in Tunica
The first LDI Award for Lighting Designer of the Year
Night Beautiful Award for his Universal Studios Orlando designs
Flannery maintains active membership in numerous guilds, unions and trade organizations, including:
ATAS (Academy of Television Arts & Sciences), PGA (Producers Guild), IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers), ICG (International Cinematographers Guild), USITT (United States Institute of Theatre Technology)
Served as president of the Manhattan Chapter of Muscular Dystrophy for four years. Supports Teen Cancer America with his Symphantasy®. Supports various Veterans programs.
Flannery is dedicated to teaching and mentoring. He has lectured and taught at many institutions including S.U.N.Y., U.C.L.A., U.C.S.B., Art Center College of Design, and U.S.C.
Flannery was educated in the art of scenography and lighting design for the stage at the prestigious New York Studio & Forum of Stage Design.
He studied filmmaking at Columbia University School of the Arts in N.Y.C.
And he studied directing with Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof at HB Studio.