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Meet Dan Oles

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Vorpal Blade

Vorpal Blade, a Self Portrait,
by Dan Oles

Dan Oles grew up in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood where he still resides. He graduated from Ingraham HS, attended Seattle Pacific University, and in 2007 completed the Seattle Film Institute’s Total Immersion Program.

Dan’s “fake” trailers, video tributes, and re-imagining of American McGee’s Alice are wildly popular on YouTube, where Dan is known as Bloodrunsclear and Gametrailers.com, where he calls himself Vorpalblade. His artwork is displayed on the website, Deviant Art, under the nom de plume Jarred Spekter. These ventures led to professional engagements creating video pitches for Zoic Studios in Los Angeles.

One of Dan's short stories, “The Death Run,” was published in North Seattle Community College's 2004 Licton Springs Review.

Dan Oles

Dan Oles

Dan says, “I’ve had a lot of familial support in seeking out a profession. My faith and upbringing have encouraged me to help other people by doing what I do best. After I started making ‘fake’ movie trailers and putting them on YouTube, viewers started saying, ‘I like what you put out there. Can you do this one for me?’”

Literary Roots

Dan is a voracious reader of both classical and fantasy literature. Early favorites were Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, old myth and legend books, and Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. “These are terrific stories that aren’t being told anymore. They are not only great escapist literature, but also well-conceived. They offer good life lessons along with exemplary writing.”

My Bed

My Bed, by Dan Oles. This piece won an award at an art show.

Other books and authors Dan returns to for inspiration: The Lord of the Rings, Dune, the Oz series, C.S. Lewis’s Narnia and Space Trilogy, Charles Williams, Charles Dickens, John Buchan, Jules Verne, H. Rider Haggard (She and King Solomon’s Mines), Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allen Poe, Lewis Carroll, and Michael Ende’s The NeverEnding Story. “The movie version of Ende's novel is a prime example of film wasting a wonderful concept. The book is the perfect melding of fantasy and literature and a ripping good read as well.”

Professional Training

During his intensive training program at the Seattle Film Institute, Dan served as a camera man, grip, screenwriter, and actor. “The prevailing attitude at that time was that anyone involved in mainstream filmmaking—with stories and characters, etc.—had sold out. I garnered a reputation as the person who asked, ‘Why?’ If a project included a murder, I would say, ‘So why does he kill that person?’ Too often the answer was, ‘Because it’s in the script. Film doesn’t have to mean anything.’ That doesn’t hold water for me. The audience is supposed to enjoy themselves. Someone said, ‘Any stimulation is good stimulation.’ I disagree.”

Dan Oles as "Emo"

Self Portrait of Dan as "emo"

Mission Statement

Dan’s artistic mission statement crystallized in college when he was attempting to comfort a depressed friend. “My friend had just returned from a movie that portrayed humanity as this evil, monstrous force. I said, ‘We need our stories back.’ I believe that stories have the power both to heal and to bring people together.”

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