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Film Direction


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Film Direction


I am a writer director and my focus is storytelling. I believe in character development, conflict, story arc and the emotional journey. I love working with actors to find the emotional truth of a scene. I often find that subtext and what remains unsaid is more powerful than what is actually verbalised. I have written three feature length screenplays that I'm working on bringing to the big screen. Here are a few examples of my recent film direction for brands.

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NVIDIA Shield


NVIDIA Shield


Directed by David Dao on location in Ariziona for AKQA San Francisco as part of a global launch campaign to dramatise the new NVIDIA SHIELD set top box aimed at guys who want total control over TV, films, gaming and home entertainment.

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GiffGaff Parents


GiffGaff Parents


Written and directed by David Dao as part of a campaign highlighting awkward moments for young people still living with their parents because they can’t afford to move out. People were encouraged share their own stories over social media to win a years worth of rent.

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GiffGaff #alltheboss


GiffGaff #alltheboss


Written and directed by David Dao to communicate that with some situations you're definitely not  the boss but with GiffGaff 'we're all the boss'.

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GiffGaff E4 Idents


GiffGaff E4 Idents


Conceived and directed by David Dao for GiffGaff E4 TV Sponsorship. The idea was to create TV idents based on audience tweets in 'Virtual-Real-Time.'