Hugh C. Daly Biography
Hugh C Daly was born in Washington Heights Manhattan. He attended Incarnation Grade School and George Washington High School. In 1960 He won the CYO Best Actor Award and was given the lead role as Finian in the School's production of Broadway's Finian's Rainbow . Upon graduating from High School, He won a Scholarship to The Gene Frankel Drama School to continue His love of acting. It was about that time that He discovered that He also had a flair for working behind the camera. He then moved on to NYU and studied Film Production via night courses under the legendary Saul Taffert, while working full time at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.During His tenure at Presbyterian Hospital, Hugh was called upon to film teaching and surgical procedures in His off duty hours.
In surgical scrubs, Hugh stood side by side with the surgical team and filmed over 100 operations for the Orthopaedic Department. Later on when He was promoted to the Harkness Eye Institute He also spent many hours in the opthalmology surgical suite where he worked with members of the Carl Zeiss Corp. in wiring the operating microscopes to video outsource into the Institute's teaching classrooms Hugh founded JHD Productions Ltd. with then partner Jeffrey Hopkins in 1979 (JHD is combination of both names) and in 1982 moved the business to Deer Park Long Island. Still living and working in Washington Heights, He commuted back & forth from the Heights to Long Island until 1986 when he left his position of Director of Ancillary Services at the Harkness Eye Institute and joined Jeffery as President of JHD Productions and a permanent Long Island resident.In 1990 Jeffrey Hopkins left JHD to form a Wedding Video Production Company. Hugh decided to keep the JHD name and the two remain good friends to this day. As the business grew, JHD moved three separate times into larger and larger space within the same building. In 1991 Hugh moved into a 2000 sq.ft. studio facility. In 2001 Hugh was joined by Independent filmmaker Brian Michael Finn as a freelance editor. In 2009 Producer/Editor Paul DelVecchio, CEO of Triple-E Productions, Joined the JHD Team. Hugh also serves as DP (Director of Photography) and advisor to Independent Filmmakers. In 1976 He became a member of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and was certified in Electronic Cinematography by the Panavision Corporation in 1984.