AboutHurrdat Films – Telling The Untold Stories
We’re a production company based in Omaha, NE, with strong roots in the world of sports and a focus on producing documentary film and entertainment content.
Hurrdat Films looks to tell the untold stories of the world and present them to audiences in meaningful and accessible ways. We strive to make films that cut through the clutter. Our lens is always informed by the authenticity and work ethic of our Midwest upbringing.
Hurrdat Films launched in 2015 when producer and entrepreneur Bill Hipsher crossed paths with veteran action-sports filmmaker Dan Napoli.
We also offer our storytelling abilities to brands and ad agencies across the U.S.
DIRECTOR OF VISUAL STORYTELLING
Hey-I’m Dan Napoli, the Director of Visual Storytelling here at Hurrdat Films. I use words, music, and images to tell moving and impactful stories on behalf of brands.
When it comes to my role and responsibilities with Hurrdat, I write, direct, edit, shoot, license music, and manage all the aspects of production necessary to produce video projects for a client. In short, I use microphones, music, and film to tell stories and move people.
On the personal side, it is sometimes hard to separate myself from my work when you do what I do. I love film, television, and music, which I’m lucky enough to have be part of my work. It probably also stems from growing up in the ‘80s and coming of age in ‘90s when music video as an art form was at its zenith. It’s great though. There are not workdays or off days — just good days.
I’m a huge punk rock and alternative music fan, so a monthly trek to Drastic Plastic to add to my vinyl collection is ritual. The last three records I bought were a double-gate fold edition of the Beastie Boys’ “Ill Communication,” Bob Mould’s “Beauty & Ruin,” and The Wonder Years’ “No Closer to Heaven.”
I prefer comedies, and offbeat ones. Usually it’s stuff that gets ignored by audiences and network execs, cancelled, and then beloved later. “Community,” “Arrested Development,” “Freaks and Geeks,” “Undeclared,” “Better Off Ted,” and “Happy Endings” are clogging up my Netflix/Hulu/iTunes accounts.
How do you blow off steam after a stressful day?
Blaring punk rock really loud in my car and singing along like I’m still 15.
The best part of waking up is?
The first sip of coffee.
Who was your celebrity crush growing up?
Alyssa Milano. Sorry Tony D, she was DEF the boss.
CINEMATOGRAPHER & COLORIST
Hey I’m James. My job is to visually capture and express the vision of a project using my knowledge of cameras, lenses, lighting, and color grading.
I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. While attending UNK, I started working for a small production company in Kearney. My first project there was to scan in over 700 photos for a client’s family slideshow. I don’t know what the sweet spot is for number of pictures in a slideshow, but I think 700 is too many. Overall, it was a great place to start in video because I was giving the opportunity to learn from skilled professionals and build my own skill set—all while staying rooted in Nebraska.
What is one food or restaurant you could eat every day without getting sick of it?
Burritos! Because you can put anything into a tortilla and it’s a burrito!
Have you ever had a strange pet?
I didn’t have a strange pet, but when I was a kid, a bean plant started growing out the side of my water bed. That was strange.
What foods did you refuse to eat as a child?
Mushrooms and ketchup were two big ones. I’m still a little unsure of both, but I’m more tolerant of them.