To be a storyteller, you must remain open and vulnerable.

About Samantha McDanel

Samantha McDanel is an accomplished and award-winning Texas-based filmmaker from the surrounding areas of Dallas, Texas. She is also well-known for her beauty and SFX makeup work among North Texas.

Over the years, Samantha has broken ground on the DFW film scene with a successful festival run with her previous large-scale short film ‘Pageant Perfect’, a film that has traveled all across Texas and the United States at screenings and festivals and has won several awards, including Samantha's Up & Coming Filmmaker Award. Samantha is a Radio/Television/Film graduate from the University of North Texas, where she focused on writing, directing, editing, and producing.


While continuing on-going development for the feature script of 'Pageant Perfect', Samantha has been working on numerous projects in various roles and taken more courses and workshops to hone her skills.

She is always looking for ways to grow as a filmmaker and artist, finding all the ways to express herself and her mind. Drawing and writing poetry is another outlet for her in her journey of staying open and vulnerable as an artist.

Samantha focuses on stories that reflect relationships and dynamics between people. She has a talent for taking real events and mixing that within dream-like worlds, where naturalism and surrealism meet. She challenges and prides herself on creating scenes and stories that make her audience think and feel and react. Just one reaction is all she needs to feel like she has done her job as a storyteller.

Samantha's ultimate goals are:

1. to become a well-established woman filmmaker in the film industry

2. to own and operate a film production company,

making short and feature films and creating workshops for young filmmakers

3. to explore story-telling through different perspectives and help audience members open up within themselves


Portraits captured by Kaitlyn Kilpatrick

Projects in Progress

Writer/Director: SpeedRacer, short film apart of EP, story by Donovan Bogney (pre-production)

Writer/Director: Pageant Perfect, feature film (in development)

Writer/Director/Lead: twenty-something, feature film (in development)

Writer/Director: Tweezers, short film, part of Conversations I Never Had series (post-production)

Writer/Director, ArtistVeil,  short film and webtoon for Patreon  (in development)

Writer/Director: Girls Your Age, short film apart of multi-media concept, story by Brennan Pierce (post-production)

Producer, Creative ProducerHide and Seek, art short film, dir. Miranda Yung (post-production)

Producer, SFX Makeup: Sl/ash!, short film, dir. Eric Dumois (festival circuit)

Producer/Creative Producer: Neighborhood Watch, short film, dir. Shayan Sakhavi (post-production)