Experience the captivating story of Hollywood’s trailblazing Digital Imaging Technician, Dane Brehm. From interning with top filmmakers to revolutionizing movie-making technology, Dane is transforming the industry.
Discover Dane’s remarkable journey, from horror hits to Oscar winners, and how he’s shaping the future of cinema with groundbreaking digital solutions. Dane is changing the game and achieving his financial goals by partnering with First Entertainment. See our new Member Stories spotlight to uncover the extraordinary story behind his Hollywood legacy.*
What is the key to finding success in the entertainment industry?
“Know your craft well, and be willing to learn all aspects of filmmaking. Working freelance for the last 18 years has given me a complete base of experience. I’ve spent much of my time developing new techniques, then sharing my knowledge to contribute to the camera department, lighting, production, visual effects, post-production, and other areas.”
What inspired you to want to pursue an entertainment career?
“I have always been interested in movies and emerging technology and how they intersect. And since 2001, I managed to apprentice under some of the best image makers in the world, and I’ve become a man of many niches — a digital image technician, phantom tech, stereo 3D specialist, dailies colorist, drone operator, and more for projects ranging from commercials to $200 million studio features.”
How does First Entertainment benefit you as a creator of entertainment?
“First Entertainment understands the role and routine of people in the entertainment industry and how we work, budget, and get paid. One of the most convenient benefits of banking with First Entertainment is having bank services on the studio lots. Who doesn’t like getting their weekly check and depositing it at work?! The Credit Union seems to cater its financial services to meet the unique necessities of the entertainment industry.”
How would you compare your experiences with First Entertainment with other financial institutions you have banked with?
“You can’t beat a local credit union over a multinational corporate bank, especially when it comes to getting competitive rates. Lower-interest loans allow us to quickly build inventory and pivot when production projects demand a new hardware or software solution.”
What has your experience been like using our digital banking?
“I primarily use First Entertainment’s app for most of my banking because of the convenience. It’s quick and easy, and I love being able to bank on the go, whether on set or at home.”
One of the most convenient benefits of banking with First Entertainment is having bank services on the studio lots. Who doesn’t like getting their weekly check and depositing it at work?!
For Dane, partnering with First Entertainment Credit Union has proven beneficial, as they understand the unique financial needs and routines of entertainment professionals, offering convenient services even on studio lots. Dane values the credit union’s competitive rates and appreciates the ease and convenience of their digital banking app, allowing him to manage his finances seamlessly, whether on set or at home.
First Entertainment Credit Union membership is comprised of the people in entertainment whose individual stories are as unique as they are inspiring. Our Member Stories series* highlights these extraordinary stories. Building a network of supportive partnerships contributes to your story and can make all the difference in feeling a sense of genuinely belonging. At First Entertainment, you belong here and Your Story Matters™.
Testimonials are provided as a means for members to share their experiences. Individual experiences and results may vary. Membership eligibility is required.