Things are beautiful where they are inevitable, that is, when they are free exhibitions of a spirit. There is no violence here, no murdering, no twisting-about, no copying-after, but a free, unrestrained, yet self-governing display of movement - which constitutes the principle of beauty. The muscles are conscious of drawing a line, making a dot, but behind them there is an unconsciousness. By this unconsciousness nature writes out her destiny: by this unconsciousness the artist creates his work of art. A baby smiles and the whole crowd is transported, because it is genuinely inevitable, coming out of the Unconscious'.
(Suzuki, D T, Selected Writings, Image, NY, 1996)
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Books and Articles by Erik Knudsen
Creative Documentary: Theory and Practice
Erik Knudsen has co-authored, with Wilma de Jong and Jerry Rothwell from the University of Sussex, a book on creative documentary practice for Pearson Education. The book is due for publication in August 2011 and will be available through good book outlets, including Amazon.
“A brilliantly useful and comprehensive book that takes you through the A to Z of documentary filming. Read it, digest it, take what is useful and go and make a brilliant film!” - Nick Broomfield, documentary filmmaker
A paper presented at the Rethinking the Screenplay Conference, held at the University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland, 11 September 2009, and pulished by the Journal of Screenwriting, Vol. 1 No. 2.
First published in the Journal of Media Practice, volume 1, number 3, 2000. An article about the importance of encouraging students to connect to their personal experinces when creating work.
A paper presented at the Society for Cinema Studies Conference, Dallas, USA, in 1996.