Mark Daniel De Castro is a visual storyteller and independent filmmaker from San Miguel De Mayumo, Bulacan.
Daniel's idea of being a filmmaker was born when he first learned about art as a medium. He has been able to express his ideas through the use of film. As a photojournalist and layout & design creative, he has proven that motion pictures can record events as they happen and make the events available again in real-time playback.
He started by being good at filmmaking as a cinematographer, film editor, and colorist. This made other cinephiles want to learn more about how to design and make films.
In 2020, his first narrative film (Grow My Mind) was introduced at iWantTFC and international film festivals. Being recognized by different government agencies and non-government organizations in the Asia-Pacific region, his unique perspective and influence on his creative works appraised participation in local governance and development processes. Also, both parties broadened community engagement wherever his projects were released on screen.
Recently, he showcased his latest film project entitled Sariling Gunita (2022) featuring National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario. The film opens with the call to love oneself while discovering Philippine culture.
He co-founded a cinema camera rental business. His first mainstream media project, "Hele by Eros Rhodes" when worked with MELVIN DAVE and TMP Productions.
He also made music videos for Mista Blaze and Jeasper Ahongon. Some of his clients include Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Bulacan State University, Rotary and Rotaract, ZarWrap Homemade Ilocos Empanada, and many more.
All of these efforts have been critical to success, but they still happen largely in solitude. The key missing piece has been the ability to connect civic groups and creative individuals with each other, their members, and stakeholders who are interested in initiatives that will advance a better world.