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Dr. Daniel Binns is a theorist of media and screen cultures, currently researching the intersection of materiality, computation, and entertainment.
Daniel has published work on the Netflix house style, drones and cinematography, video game engines as filmmaking tools, film genre and superhero movies and TV. He is the author of The Hollywood War Film: Critical Observations from World War I to Iraq (2017), and Material Media-Making in the Digital Age (2021). His work has been cited in the Journal of Popular Culture, Black Camera, Pop Matters, and the Journal of International Relations and Development, and he has presented his research at conferences in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Greece, and the Czech Republic.
Daniel has also worked as a screenwriter, director, producer and production manager on corporate films, television documentaries, multi-sensory experiences and short-form works. He has produced work for Seven Network Australia, National Geographic and Fox Sports. His film work has been selected for over a dozen international festivals and streaming services.
From 2017 to 2021, Daniel was the Program Director of the Bachelor of Communication (Media) at RMIT University. Daniel supervises postgraduate research on genre cinema, film histories and technologies, media philosophy, and creative practice research.
Daniel serves as Director of Academic Engagement for streaming platform Atlasshorts, and is on the Editorial Board of Frames Cinema Journal (UK). He has peer reviewed articles for Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture, Frames Cinema Journal, Cinej Journal and Media, War & Conflict. He is an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University. For the Athens Institute for Education and Research, he sits on the Academic Council, and has convened their annual conference’s Cinema Stream since 2018.