What started with a film degree and a dream has evolved into a passion for storytelling with the goal of empowering people and communities. My creative endeavors, which include video production & content creation, marketing & branding, graphic design, and copywriting, have acquired over 40 local, national, and international awards.
The honor has been mine to produce Hawaiʻi's largest student video competition awards program for 7 years, to write the libretto for and perform in a live musical production honoring the top advertising and creative design talent in Hawaiʻi, and to lead the corporate rebranding efforts of Nevada's largest children's literacy non-profit during a time of dynamic expansion.
As a champion of creativity, continually learning from, engaging with, and supporting like-minded individuals and organizations has been the ultimate adventure.
If you've got a spare 3 hours (just kidding), here's the long version of my biography. Dane Neves is an accomplished filmmaker, marketing professional, and champion of creative storytelling. With skills ranging from directing to writing to editing to photography, Neves' independent films and corporate promotional videos have garnered local, national, and international recognition. Neves earned a film degree through the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Academy for Creative Media. Following his passion for storytelling and social engagement, Neves began his career at ʻŌlelo Community Media, Oʻahu's PEG access television provider. Throughout his tenure, Neves developed deep ties within the communities of urban Honolulu, providing media training and production services to the public, eventually advancing into the company’s marketing department. In addition to the many TV spots, graphic ads, and communications materials he created, Neves served, for many years, as the awards show producer of Youth Xchange, Hawaiʻi’s largest statewide student video competition. Neves continuously strives to expand his skill set with alternate forms of artistry. In 2017, he was invited to write the libretto for, direct, and perform puppetry for the Pele Awards, one of 15 District Competitions for the American Advertising Awards recognizing the best advertising and creative design work in Hawaiʻi. His success with this live stage production led to the opportunity to record a music album, Felt Something Beautiful, featuring 10 original songs written and performed by Neves himself. As a way to stay connected to and support the local film community, Neves joined the Hawaii Filmmakers Collective board of directors in August of 2021. Neves currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, having taken on the role of Marketing Manager at Spread the Word Nevada, the state's largest children's literacy non-profit organization.