I'm a Ph.d currently at Western Sydney University. I have also completed a Diploma of Film and Television Production. My Ph.d thesis explores the intersection of embodied spectatorship with the genre of horror, particularly in evolving forms such as new media and virtual reality. More generally my work attempts to examine cinema through the primacy of its sensory-affective dimension, and argues that an understanding of the integration of form and content is pivotal to unpacking the cinematic experience.

I have published on the interface between new media and horror in the web series Marble Hornets, and have recently presented at several international conferences on aspects of my thesis, such as the the affective properties of Youtube horror shorts and the potential for the melding of the spectator/interactor in the VR environment.

I'm also particularly interested in the practice and artform of screenwriting, Deleuzian cinema theory, and the ethical possibilities of cinema.


  • –present
    Ph.d Candidate, Western Sydney University


  • 2014 
    Western Sydney University, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


  • 2016
    Global Media Journal AU, 'Always Watching: The Interface of Horror and Digital Cinema in Marble Hornets'

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • Screen Studies Association of Australia & Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Australian Writers Guild
  • Sydney, Australia
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  • a.daniel@westernsydney.edu.au
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