Born in Klerksdorp and raised in Durban, Dein-Conrad O’Toole is a left-handed fiend who really love banana bread. He is also pretty great on the camera trigger.
Dein-Conrad is an editor
“I’m in love with editing. It’s instinctual, it relies heavily on your ability to problem-solve, and sculpt the narrative. I find myself learning more about the characters, the further I get through an edit. It’s the delivery of the story that fascinates me.
Moreover, seeing an audience member react to a small moment in a scene that took ages to get right; is the best feeling in the world. With editing I feel a lot more connected to the audience.”
What sparked your interest in film?
I fell in love with movies from a young age. Would re-watch movies like Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and The Matrix (first one) till I knew sequences backwards. Those visuals effected me. I fell in love with the intricate craft behind creating those moments, years later.
Where do you find your inspiration?
People. I love listening to stories, hearing how people express their experiences. What a story can mean to someone. That’s why I take portraits I think. People inspire me.
Who are your favourite film makers and why?
Hitchcock was the first person who came to mind. I think his work speaks for itself, he’s a master. The Coen Brothers, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino will always be personal favourites.
Are there any projects you are currently working on?
We’re busy in pre-production phase for a ‘murder-mystery’ set in the Midlands. Very excited to be a part of it.
If your muse was a magical creature, what would it be?
I think a Gryphon is a bit dramatic. Probably, a night Owl.
If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I think if there was one album, it’s probably somewhere between Abbey Road and Acid Rap.