We had the good fortune of connecting with Dane Morck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dane, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I feel like I’ve really tried to practice patience, maybe not a habit – but something I found necessary for me. To know when to take a break or when to step away from a project that once may have seemed great, but is now starting to feel forced. New ideas are always exciting, but it’s important to be practical in the approach and understand your strengths and limitations. Really just being aware of how I’m spending my time and where I’m putting my energy.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I played sports through college – and it’s still strange to me that a lot of those experiences and stories have transferred over into my professional life. I had always had an interest in film and television, and the general process of what went into it – but hadn’t envisioned making it a career.
Sports taught me how to network. To be open minded and always conscious of the person next to me; because my actions almost always impacted theirs – and ultimately the group as a whole. This translated when I graduated college and is something I’ve always tried to maintain. I worked at a few production companies before deciding to take all I had learned and the connections I had made to really try and get my own ideas out there. I tried to focus on stories I knew I could not only contribute to – but eventually tell myself. Most of all, I just tried to learn.
For two years, I worked a handful of odd jobs and pitched projects across LA in between. It was during this time I helped create the 2018 documentary series INTO ALASKA on Animal Planet and teamed up with my producing partner Spencer Paysinger. Through our experience as LA kids, athletes, and our love for film – we came up with the concept for what would become the show ALL AMERICAN on The CW and Netflix. Producer on the series and former LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers was a close friend, and once he met Spencer and I to discuss what this story could actually entail we all knew we were on to something special. It was at that point it was clear whatever the outcome, at the end of the day what I was working on was an honest representation of myself and the stories I wanted to tell – and something that all of us could learn from and grow with.
I’ve learned to trust myself and my ideas more, that the little things do matter, and just how important it is that we continue to prop one another up in a business that could do more of that. In 2019, Spencer and I established Moore Street Productions. Sports aside, we want to continue to not just “change the narrative” but continue to evolve it with all that we do.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Palos Verdes is home – so I’m biased. There’s just nothing like the South Bay to me. I went to Washington State for college, and when friends would come down in the summer their favorite part of the trip was just hopping on a bike or a skateboard and hitting the strand to grab a bite.
When it comes to dining, Baran’s 2339 in Hermosa Beach is a staple – and something the community has embraced since it opened a few years ago. Mickey’s Deli in Hermosa Beach is run by a great local family, whose shop covers the essentials while providing some of the best sandwiches and Italian food in the area. For those looking to just relax, Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes is where to go. The Pacific is at your feet and there’s golfing with trails for hiking surrounding the property.
I lived on the Westside for 8 years and The Venice Whaler will forever be my favorite place to watch a football game and grab a beer on a nice day. Cool outdoor vibe with a patio that sits above the Venice strand. The Landmark in Westwood is one of my favorite theaters. More often than not filmmakers and actors alike will show up after the screening to hold a Q & A and thank the crowd; or to just to engage with fellow film buffs on a Friday night.