Finding The Personal Voice In Filmmaking by Erik Knudsen explores the largely ignored reality of intimate feelings and their role in causing and motivating the development of ideas that are both personal and universal. The book draws on original research from filmmakers in Malaysia, Ghana and Colombia to offer practical strategies and techniques for developing ideas. Finding The Personal Voice In Filmmaking marks the first book to help filmmakers see the connection between feelings, creativity, story and cinematic imagery in a transcendental way. The book was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.
The Doubt Project – book and film – has been constructed out of Erik Knudsen’s recent photographs, his entire body of films and some reflexive writing related to this theme of doubt from the past 25 years of writing notebooks. He has created a new reflexive film out of his previous films. Some of the poems in the book have found their way into the narration of the film, as have some of the photographs. The structure of the film mirrors that of the narrative of the book. The book consists of 74 B&W pages in 210 x 210 mm paperback. Published by One Day Films Ltd, November 2017. This book is also available on Amazon.
This is a unique book in which the story of The Raven On The Jetty is told scene by scene with parts of the director’s personal storyboard and notes, production stills of the behind the scenes activities during shooting and stills from the film. Also included, is the complete screenplay and credits of the film, as well as a DVD of the complete film. The book consists of 156 colour pages in 200 x 250 mm hardback. Published by One Day Films Ltd, April 2015.
The beautifully crumbling facades of buildings and infrastructure attract many visitors from all over the world who wish to catch a nostalgic glimpse of the 1940s and 1950s Cuba. However, this nostalgic beauty, and the disarming warmth of the people of Cuba, hides a reality that faces most Cubans; a reality of poverty and oppressed aspirations. Cuba has seen little change since the Revolution instigated by Fidel Castro Ruz in 1959 and there is a strong hidden desire for desperately needed change. No one wants to live like this.The photographs in this essay capture an elusive hope in the sadness of waiting and a strange beauty in the decaying idealism of the revolution. This book is now available from a number of book outlets, including Amazon.
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 was published in August 2011 and is 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.
This is a chapter which Erik Knudsen contributed to the book, Rethinking Documentary, published by the Open University Press (2008). The chapter, ‘Transcendental Realism in Documentary’, explores a different approach to thinking of and using film narrative in an effort to portray and elicit our more transcendent feelings and relationships to actuality and the factual. It looks at how the documentary can engage with not just empirical observations and the psychologically explicable, but how documentary can also explore more transcendent realities, which are usually as important as the empirically factual in affecting people’s lives. Read the chapter here…