Posted by Meaghan Cody
Daniel Troupe with Lynn Films is an amazing filmmaker that we get to work with quite often! Today we had a chance to ask Daniel a few questions about himself and his business and we are of course so excited to share with all of our readers! Enjoy!
How did you get started in the Filmmaking business, and specifically with
After dropping out of high school and not really knowing what I wanted to do with the
rest of my life, I met a girl. Isn’t that the way it always happens? She encouraged me to go to
college and pursue a passion, which for me has always been movies and telling stories. So
eventually I attended film school at The University of North Texas and started making short
films for school projects and at my church. Around that same time a close friend of mine was
getting married and I offered to film their wedding for free. Once I did that the rest was
history, I immediately feel in love with weddings and wedding films and have never looked
What is your typical day like as a Wedding Filmmaker on the day of the
wedding, and also on a non-wedding day?
A typical wedding day starts with me meeting up with the bride around 8 or 9 a.m.
and I basically stay with her the rest of the day. A normal wedding day for me is 14 to 16
hours long and I love every minute. On days I’m not shooting I’m sitting at my desk editing or
answering emails or cleaning my house
What would you say makes your style or personality unique from other
I think of my work as being ‘organic’ in nature. I arrive with no perceived ideas on
how something should look or feel. I am at the truest sense of the words a ‘documentary
filmmaker’. I stay out of the way and film things as naturally as possible. I never manipulate
people or situation to try and get a better shot. It is my passion to film reality as true as
Favorite tips or advice for the bride and grooms to be?
Ignore the camera. Be yourself. Only do things you really want to do at your wedding.
Don’t do them because you think it’s what you’re supposed to do or because someone
else wants you to. If you throw your bouquet or garter, make sure someone is going to
catch it. No one likes the “lets just let it fall to the ground and laugh about it”
When you aren’t working, what are some of your favorite things to do?
spend as much time with my wife as possible, watch movies, play cards, smoke cigars
What are some of your favorite venues in the DFW area, and why?
That’s a hard one. I really enjoy The Chapel at Chestnut Square in McKinney because
it’s so old and rustic and has a lovely charm. Just don’t put more than 150 people in there. I
also love Union Station in downtown Dallas because it’s so big and has a nice architectural