David has been involved in producing, directing and designing theatre, television and motion pictures for many years. He holds an MFA in Theater Design, and brings a background as a designer and producer for theater and television to his current role of Co-Founder and President of Aspect Media Factory, LLC. Aspect has provided content for Animal Planet and MTV episodes, as well as reality-based re-creation films for the USDA, the US Air Force, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. In 2005, David produced and directed the short film Home in Time for Aircraft Consultants International. Other film and television producer/designer credits include The Man Without a World (90 min., 1989), and The Last Night Of Rasputin (85min., 1987) with director/artist Eleanor Antin, and All That (Art Director ’96 Season) for Nickelodeon Television, filmed at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. Exhibition design/production credits include Xerox’s DRUPA exhibit in Dusseldorf, Germany in 2000. Mr. Thayer is an award-winning scenic and lighting designer for the theatre with extensive design experience in the worlds of dance, television, galleries and film. For the La Jolla Playhouse, David received Drama-Logue awards for lighting What the Butler Saw, directed by Michael Grief and The Hairy Ape directed by Matt Wilder. In Los Angeles, David received a Drama-Logue award for scenic design for Jose Rivera’s Each Day Dies With Sleep at the Stella Adler Theatre. He was associate lighting designer for Athol Fugard’s A Lesson From Aloes and Playland, both directed by the playwright in La Jolla and Atlanta. In San Francisco, David designed for Jon Robin Baitz’s The End of the Day at the Magic Theatre; and in New York, he produced and designed for artist Eleanor Antin’s museum/gallery film installations of Vilna Nights and Minetta Lane – A Ghost Story. In the San Diego area, David was an associate artist with Lamb’s Players Theatre from ’87 to ’02 and resident from ’81 to ’86. His work there includes lighting for The Diviners, for which he received the San Diego Theatre Critics’ Circle Award for Best Lighting Design, and A Joyful Noise produced both in Coronado and off-Broadway, New York City. In the early 80’s, David directed experimental theatre at The Sushi Gallery, an avant-guard performance venue. He also directed and produced video and integrated theatre at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he was a professor from 1992 through 1997.
As a leader in technology implementation at Aspect, Daniel is always seeking out new technologies to help keep Aspect on the bleeding edge of the ever evolving internet and new media markets.
Daniel is skilled at web development and system administration. He is also fluent in all manner of video formats, codecs, and asset management. This site serves as an example of his work.
Daniel is well versed in production on-set as well. Whether it’s location sound, detailed camera settings, hot-head programming or simply “what’s up with my laptop?” – no machine stands a chance against Daniel.