Reading Eagle: Daniel Speers' cinematic stories hit home

Looking back over the narrative of his own life, Daniel Speers can find the moment that turned him into a filmmaker. 

A fifth-grade boy who enjoyed creating epic battles for his toy soldiers to carry out, he saw Mel Gibson's "Braveheart," with its battle scenes and warrior hero, and thought to himself, "I can do that." 

"I was already doing it, basically," he said. "Just without a camera." 

It would be nearly 15 more years - five of them spent as a soldier himself - before Speers got to test that theory.

In 2008 he finally got his chance, enrolling as a film student at Temple University after five years of serving with the Army, half of them in Iraq.

He filmed a short, "Divided," in Berks County last year, and is now at work on his second, "Closure": Late last month, he shot a scene for the new picture at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts.

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