Hello there. I'm a writer and artist-filmmaker with a long background in the arts and media. I cut my teeth writing copy for advertisers and designers before moving into magazine journalism and then video production – achieving international recognition in surveillance art. I'm also one of the founding members of MediaShed, an arts collective and the first free-media space to open in the east of England. Through creative education projects in schools and with hard-to-reach young people I like to share everything I've learned  – in my own small way helping the next generation along.

You'll find out more as you scroll through below.

Welcome to my work!


"At heart I'm basically a story-teller. Words. Pictures. Moving image. you get the idea. for me medium and message go hand in hand. it's about how we respond to our rapidly changing world."

– David Valentine



Video-sniffing is a method of tuning into wireless CCTV cameras and networks to record and see what the budget cams can pick up. What started out as a game for some tech-experimenters became a methodology for artists looking to take back control of their urban environment. I was one.


Replacing Money with Imagination


My experiments with surveillance technologies began during my time as part of arts collective MediaShed, a group focussed on repurposing technology for creative expression and the first free-media centre to open in the east of England. As part of my activities there I also curated digital arts event E2Prom and partnered with NYC gallery Eyebeam to develop a how-to website of budget tools to make filmmaking and arts more accessible to people on low incomes.

e.g. How to Video-Sniff


The Duellists


One of the best known CCTV movies ever made, winning Audience 3rd Prize at the sidewalkCINEMA Festival and shortlisted for the Big Issue Short Film Festival. Moving beyond the fixed-camera limitations of video-sniffing I made this free-running dance short by turning the 160 cameras of the Manchester Arndale shopping centre into my own environmental TV studio – directing via telephone from the bomb-proof control room! A subsequent city-wide musical has yet to be fully realised!


Other Repurposing Experiments


Webcams, mobile phones, action-cams, lo-fi pocket digital cameras, and CCTV you can purchase from the local electronics store are all tools available for the micro-budget filmmaker. I've tried them all. With webcam chatroom dance short 'Computer Love' – my online version of the balcony scene from 'Romeo and Juliet' – receiving a Special Mention by the jury at the VideoDansa Barcelona International Competition, IDN Festival.


Media coverage received from the Guardian, Arena magazine, Newsweek, the New York Times, Reuters, the Manchester Evening News, Showreel, BBC NW, More4 News, BBC Radio 5, Danish Radio, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Plus my surveillance work continues to be included in university papers and screened around the world!


Creative Education


Taking my experimental approaches to filmmaking into the school, college or university learning environment gives me a chance to not only share technical skills but helps free young minds to think outside the box – a helpful mindset in the approach to any work or problems in life. 


Social Engagement


I also work with hard-to-reach groups such as newly arrived immigrants, youth offenders, the homeless, and those that have fallen out of the education system. Along with valuable soft skills, curriculum subjects can also be imbed, even leading to recognised qualifications! Several of these projects have received screenings at the Co-operative Young Filmmakers Festival – a fantastic boost to the confidence of all involved!!


A More Traditional Approach


Despite my reputation for technological experimentation, I have a solid understanding of film form and grammar honed on the many short films, music vids and mini-docs I have made over the years. Many of these projects take a more traditional approach to exploring the fundamentals of screen-writing, camera work, directing and editing. It can start young minds thinking about never-before-considered career paths!

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist
— Pablo Picasso

Clients include: Royal Opera House Education, Creative Partnerships, YMCA, Aspirational Arts, the Nordic Art School, The Architecture Foundation, Tate Modern, VISU, Theatre Resource, East 15, Momentum Arts, Connexions Youth Service, and Southend Borough Council.


Journalist and Copywriter


I have a strong background in copywriting having worked for a variety of London-based design and ad companies, where I learned to communicate effectively across different media platforms to specific audiences. I've also written for several magazine titles including both the European and US editions of film industry bi-monthly 'Showreel' – thanks to my editor Steve W. Parker for the banner quote! – UK nationals 'Notion' and 'Klub Knowledge', as well as regional arts and lifestyle quarterly 'The Map'.


Film Industry


Music Press


Arts and Lifestyle


As a storyteller – whatever the form – writing will always be at the core of my work. A film can't exist without the blueprint of a screenplay. Even video-sniffing has a message to communicate!




My first novel. I've been working on an evolutionary science-based project about a frustrated new-media artist who quits his tech-driven life in London to become a modern urban-caveman in New York City. Hey this sounds autobiographical! Set in 2013, at the height of the Paleo-diet craze, and based upon some of my own experiences as an artist, modern-caveman, and frustrated tech-citizen of the 21st-century, this weird fiction novel explores the modern-day human obsession with 'getting back to nature' and the biased belief systems we construct for ourselves to justify our actions, often using flawed data. Watch out for it coming your way in the not too distant future!

You have been warned!!



"Yeaurghhh!! I REJECT THE

 stupid modern world and all its EMPTY-HEADED technology!! — 

I am not a robot!"

[Photo: Bela Lugosi in 'Son of Frankenstein' (1939)]


Why not give me a shout to find out more!