"I travel everywhere. Because that’s where the stories are..."

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I’ve been a storyteller for national and international outlets for over 20 years. Documenting everything from the Egyptian pyramids and Normandy Beaches to the plains of Montana and islands of Hawaii. Today, I write for a variety of travel publications and as a Guest Columnist for Tribune Publishing’s Orlando Sentinel.

During my tenure as a network cameraman with NBC News, I had a front row seat at some of the biggest stories in modern journalism: 9-11 at ground zero, Hurricane Katrina and the war in Iraq. Traveling throughout Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, South America, and the Middle East covering politics, culture and breaking news. My adventures have taken me through the West Bank and Gaza Strip, to the Olympic Games and Super Bowls, flying in Zero Gravity with astronauts in training, and in full gravity aboard Air Force One.

I’ve also delivered a wide array of marketing and entertainment-related products, featured in documentaries, live media events, video news releases, and international concerts. The A-List of celebrities and dignitaries I’ve worked with cover some of the most notable people in the world, including: Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama, Prime Minister Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat, Aretha Franklin, Barbara Streisand, Demi Lavato, Justin Timberlake, J.K. Rowling, Daniel Radcliffe and Oprah Winfrey. I also traveled on assignment with John Travolta, Aerosmith, The Jonas Brothers, Tiger Woods, and Latin stars, Jaime Camil, Flavia Alessandra and Otaviano Costa.

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Dan Beckmann



 Volunteer Docent at ʻIolani Palace
Oct 2021 - Present - Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Focusing on Hawaiian Culture & Historical Appreciation, ʻIolani Palace is a living restoration of a proud Hawaiian national identity, registered National Historic Landmark and the only official royal palace in the United States. King Kalākaua delighted in showing guests his beautiful modern palace. Today, I get share the history of ʻIolani Palace, its sacred grounds, and the stories of the influential people who made an impact on Hawaii's history with modern-day visitors.

 Digital Nomad / Backpack Storytelling, Yarn Faw Inc.
Yarn Faw Inc. / Jan 2017 – Present - Offices in Honolulu, Hawaii & Orlando, Florida
Serving a collective of storytellers from around the world in the development and production of independent and feature films, national commercials, and international content/brand communications. Whether from offices in Florida or a unique location, like Hawaii, my "Digital Nomad" approach to storytelling allows me to lead the Yarn Faw team in bringing good stories to life through technology (and lots of great coffee). The “backpack concept” guides our collective in choosing the smallest impact for the greatest outcomes. After years of globetrotting assignments, I realize customized solutions for changing environments fosters better results and more joy to otherwise stress-threatened creative endeavors. Partnering alongside socially centric entrepreneurs and innovators, our experience, earned over decades of collaboration, supports visionary individuals as well as some of the most recognized brands in the world.

 Partner & Director of Film & TV Commercial Content for Sol Katmandu Park & Resort
Meliá Hotels International / Mar 2014 - Dec 2016 - Mallorca, Spain
Responsible for delivering Television Entertainment, Marketing, Branding & Content Creation for Sol Katmandu Park & Resort to European & North American audiences.

 Co-Owner - Director of Photography, Editor, Producer, Writer
Go To Team / Mar 2012 - Mar 2014 - Orlando, Florida
Partner/Director for Go To Team's Orlando Offices. Contributing domestic & international coverage for some of the biggest names in Television News, Sports & Entertainment; Adventures by Disney, Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts, Universal Studios, CNN, NBC, CNBC, Dateline NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, ESPN, Turner & Fox Sports.

 Owner - Director of Photography for Roycom Communications - Film & TV
Universal Studios / Mar 2009 - Mar 2012 - Orlando, Florida
The Roycom team collaborated with NBC Universal's PR & Entertainment divisions. Developing marketing/branding content for all attractions & events. Most notably, a 3-year documentary on the creation of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Providing all video, editing, animation & graphic design. As well as all SMT's (Satellite Media Tours), EPK's (Electronic Press Kits) & VNR's (Video New Releases).

 Cameraman, Producer, Writer, Editor
NBC News / Jun 1996 - Feb 2009 - Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America & the Middle East
Covering Breaking News for The Today Show, Nightly News, & Dateline NBC. As well as Olympic Games coverage & Presidential Politics for MSNBC & Meet the Press.

 Cameraman & Editor
Sep 1994 - Jun 1996 - Tel Aviv, Israel
Working in both the Tel Aviv & Jerusalem Bureau's, traveling throughout the Middle East, Asia & Africa as a Cameraman & Editor, I helped cover the continuation of the Middle East Peace Process for the Today Show, Nightly News, MSNBC, Meet the Press, & Dateline.

 Cameraman & Writer
WBTV News / Feb 1993 - Aug 1994 - Charlotte, North Carolina Dayside Cameraman, Writer, and Live Truck Operator for Morning and Noon broadcasts. Responsible for shooting, writing & editing, "In Their Own Words" first-person-narrative stories for daily broadcasts.

 Cameraman & Live Truck Operator
WCIV TV News / Feb 1992 - Feb 1993- Charleston, South Carolina
Weekly Nightside Cameraman responsible for General Assignment, Feature & Breaking News stories for 6P & 11P newscasts.

 95.1 WSSX Radio - Music Director & On Air
Talent Cumulus Media / Jan 1990 - Jan 1992 - Charleston, South Carolina
Weeknight DJ & Music Director for Top 40 Radio station. Also responsible for Music Research Department for station's current playlist.

Honors & Awards

 Emmy - National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Sep 2002
Recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Outstanding Journalism Coverage of 9-11 and its aftermath for NBC News

 Telly Award
Dec 2013
35th Annual Gold Telly Award Winner / Charitable Not-For-Profit - Directory of Photography with Mad Bear Productions. A Journey of Hope and Healing: A Hillside Story

 Telly Award
Sep 2013
35th Annual Gold Telly Award Winner / Infomercial - Directory of Photography with Mad Bear Productions. Haneke Design

 Telly Award
May 2021 42nd Annual Silver Telly Award Winner / On-Line Commercial Campaign - Director of Photography, Editor & Producer with ID8 and Innov8 - "Innovating for Business as Unusual”

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