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Featured Film Career for October 2021: Unit Production Manager

Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Danny Hulsey works locally as a Unit Production Manager and Location Manager. Previous Credits include “Borat 2”, “Minari”, “Ghoster”, “The Inspection” and “Reagan”. In addition to film, Hulsey also works in the local music industry.

How did you get started in the film industry?

I got my start through the music community as an artist manager and tour manager for artists in the Tulsa music scene. I got a call from Dylan Brodie and Melanie Sweeney and kind of just flew from there. Alison Naifeh, Jack Odell, Ty Dickson, Nathan Gardocki, Casey Crowdis, Steve Hanan, Alyssa Cawthon and most importantly Dylan Brodie have been the best support one could ask for in so many ways. In truth, I owe a lot to them – and frankly, so many do. Zeus Zamani and Brian Vilim have also played a huge roll in preparing me as a Unit Production Manager; they also are one of the most frequent productions bringing returning work to Oklahoma. I believe they are about to film both their sixth and seventh features here before the year’s end – “true Oklahomies”.

What are some of your most recent successes (credits or accolades) related to your career in the industry?

I was the location manager for both “Minari” and “Borat 2”, which both did very well. I was lucky enough to be a part of both projects that filmed in Oklahoma. That turned into the opportunity for me to be currently Production Managing another A24 film, which is by far one of my favorite projects and companies I’ve worked for.

What has your career in the state’s film industry taught you?

Truly that just about anything is possible to achieve if you find your angle of approach given time and support.

What is the highlight of your career thus far?

I would say that “Minari” and the long-term friendships have been by far my highlight.

What is your favorite aspect of working in Oklahoma’s film and television industry?

I think it’s the crew. We truly do have a remarkable crew base that holds up to just about anywhere. It’s also nice to bring the excitement of films to locals that without the rebate just wouldn’t be possible.

What’s the best piece of advice you have for someone starting their career in Oklahoma’s film industry?

Explore other departments. Stand out. You don’t have to know everything, and you won’t, but noticeably working is noticed very quickly. Keep a list as things, move fast, and you will forget something in the mess. Ask questions. Reach out after shows and keep building relationships.

What’s the one item you can’t live without on-set, and why?

Cheez-Its and Wi-Fi.

Would your career be impacted without the state’s film incentive program? If so, how?

I would unfortunately most likely need to move out of state.

What are you working on now or next?

I’m currently Unit Production Manager for A24’s “The Inspection” filming in Mississippi. I’m locked into two more UPM jobs in Oklahoma City in the next coming months.

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