Photojournalist turned 1st AD, Dan’s passion for travel and the Australian Outback led to the development of 17 South. 17 South provides production fixer/fixing services to companies filming in Outback Australia. Dan’s photography skills and work as a 1st AD provides an expert framework to find and assess locations for their scenic/story value and practical elements such as access and production logistics.
After university Dan worked as a journalist with 11 years abroad working through Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the USA. His passion for the travel and remote locations was cemented in a 40-day walking trek across the Sahara desert from Timbuktu to Zagora.
In 2006 he moved to Film & TV working initially as a photographer then AD. He went to Broome to work on Mediaworld/SBS landmark drama series The Circuit. This lead to the discovery and exploration of the Kimberley that kept extending further and further into the Australian Outback. Subsequent years were spent between the east coast of Australia and the outback moving with the seasons. By default this knowledge and exploration of the outback became increasingly useful in his work in film & tv and lead to the establishment of 17 South and its regional and outback location and production fixer services.
Dan holds advanced certifications in 4WD terrain negotiation, 4WD vehicle recovery, precision braking and precision control, HR, C, R licenses and an F-class endorsement. He is Remote Area 1st Aid qualified and has completed a Cert IV in WHS (Safety)
Paul ”Pablo” Bujak has worked with 17 South on numerous projects over the years before joining the team in 2019, after Dan’s accident. His passion for the Australian outback, many years of experience working in Film and TV across a range of departments, the “never say die” attitude and his innate ability to handle the difficult and sometimes complicated logistics of setting up shoots in some of Australia’s most stunning and remote locations made him the perfect choice to complement 17 South.