Daniel Lachman grew up in Walnut Creek, CA about 30 minutes east of San Francisco. As a child, he performed in numerous plays and musical theatre productions throughout the region and received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award in 2004. In middle school, Daniel began making short films with his dad's digital camcorder and developed a love of magic tricks.
During his sophomore year of high school, he invented a trick called "Compression," which he marketed with one of the UK's leading online magic retailers. "Compression" went on sale internationally in 2007, and Daniel was hired as a freelance video producer for several top magicians in the industry, producing and editing the DVD for Jim Rosenbaum's "The Gecko," which became the number one selling magic product in the world in 2008.
In 2010, Daniel was awarded the prestigious Frank H. Buck Scholarship, a full four-year academic scholarship granted on the basis of leadership, entrepreneurship, and commitment to school, community, and family. Daniel graduated with honors from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2014 with a BFA in Film & Television Production and a Minor in Business of Entertainment, Media, & Technology. During his studies, he worked as a production & development intern for Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell Taylor at Electric City Entertainment, relocating to upstate New York in summer 2011 to crew on Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines (2013).
Daniel has produced numerous short films, documentaries, and music videos, working as a writer, director, editor, and actor. He spent two years pursuing a directing MFA at Loyola Marymount University's School of Film & Television, where he also worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Undergraduate Film Studies Department. Daniel began his professional career at Preferred Content, a film, television & digital sales, production and advisory company, working for the Founder & CEO, Kevin Iwashina. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and works at Zaftig Films.