Daniel Willis (MS ‘12)
Daniel Willis is a director, writer and photographer who draws on his experience growing up on Chicago’s south side. Daniel began his production career as a writer’s assistant on the ABC drama,
Grey’s Anatomy. He was a 2017-2018 Sony Diverse Directors Fellow and 2018 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow. Willis' short films and television projects have screened at festivals around the world including The Chicago International Television Festival, SeriesFest (Best Writing -
Public Housing Unit), The New York Television Festival, ITVFest (Best of Fest -
Public Housing Unit) and the Cannes Short Film Corner. Willis is currently directing network television (Grey's Anatomy,
The Blacklist) and writing for the shows
Twenties. He is also developing on his first feature film.
"DePaul was so instrumental to my growth as a writer and director because they provided the space and resources for students to not only study, but practice the craft of filmmaking. Being a part of the inaugural LA Quarter also had a huge impact because that was my introduction to the business of Hollywood and it provided a seamless transition from education to vocation.