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Erik Knudsen To Join University of Central Lancashire

Media Factory at University of Central Lancashire

I’m very pleased to announce that on the 1st July 2016, I will be joining the School of Film, Media and Performance in the College of Culture and Creative Industries at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, United Kingdom, as a Professor of Media Practice. This is an exciting new opportunity for me to be part of shaping an ambitious aspiration within the College to grow and develop creative practice research and I look forward to playing a leading role in these developments. I will be working closely with the Dean, Dr Andrew Ireland, the Director of Research for the College, Professor Paul Egglestone, and the Head of the School of Film, Media and Performance, John Holloway, and will be based in The Media Factory, which houses and impressive range of programmes in the creative and cultural industries. I will be joining a large team of colleagues working across a range of creative practices covering film, media, screenwriting, animation, performance, fine art, journalism and more. I am also looking forward to rooting my own practice within a developing practice focused research culture and working in an institution based in the North West of England, home to some of the most vibrant creative communities in the UK.

Working in the Media Department in Bournemouth University as a Professor of Visual and Digital Culture has been a wonderful experience and I have met some very friendly, supportive and dedicated people, academics and creative practitioners. I shall be sorry to say goodbye to colleagues, but I know that I will continue to have close links with many of the colleagues I have had the privilege of working with in the Faculty of Media and Communications.

Erik Knudsen.



Story Lab Cuba 2016

We’re very pleased to announce that the Story Lab Cuba 2016 have recently been announced. Erik Knudsen will be delivering the Story Lab Cuba 2016 workshops at Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television in San Antonio de los Baños near Havana between the 21 November and the 2 December 2016. You can book your workshop or find out more here.

A tree of life

A view from La Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television, Cuba.



Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016. I hope you have a year of peace and love.

We here at One Day Films have had a busy 2015 and are very much looking forward to 2016, where we have new projects and activities planned. In 2015, Erik Knudsen and we at One Day Films were engaged in quite a few things. Some of these highlights included Erik Knudsen moving in March 2015 from being a Professor of Film Practice at the University of Salford to being a Professor of Visual and Digital Culture at Bournemouth University, where he is setting up a Centre for Film and Television Research (He still live in the North West of the UK, where One Day Films is based). As part of this move to Bournemouth University, his Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, StoryLab International Film Development Research Network, also moved to Bournemouth University and it was formally launch in September 2015 with a visit from the project partners based in Malaysia, Ghana and Colombia. This is a project which, over the next two years, will explore the development of independent cinematic storytelling in Malaysia, Ghana and Colombia.

StoryLab Research Network Team Visiting Erik Knudsen at Bournemouth University.

StoryLab Research Network Team Visiting Erik Knudsen at Bournemouth University.

This project is in part on the back of Erik Knudsen’s interest in independent film, particularly world cinema, and in April 2015 a book chapter he wrote called Dependencies and Independence In British Independent Film was published in the book Independent Filmmaking Around The Globe (University of Toronto Press). He is looking forward to his forthcoming journal article, The Total Filmmaker – Thinking of Screenwriting, Editing and Directing As One Role, which is due to be published in the Australian academic journal New Writing.

An extension of Erik Knudsen’s academic work includes his visiting Professorship at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television in Cuba where he goes every year to conduct a workshop. This has now settled down to being a regular StoryLab Cuba workshop and this year he had seven wonderful students with whom he worked over a two week period developing their creativity and storytelling.

StoryLab Cuba 2015 Participants

StoryLab Cuba 2015 Participants.

As usual, Erik Knudsen loves going to Cuba, not only to work at one of the best film schools in the world, but to visiting friends, taking photographs and being inspired:

Cuban men having a laugh in Havana

Cuban men having a laugh in Havana.

Taxi waiting to take you into there Havana Night

Taxi waiting to take you into the Havana night.

Of course, the previous year, 2014, Erik Knudsen published a book based on an exhibition of his Cuba photographs entitled Cuba In Waiting.

2015 was an exciting year for One Day Films. First we released Erik Knudsen’s The Raven On The Jetty. It showed in a number of cinemas in the UK and in addition to being available directly via One Day Films, the film is also available on iTunes, Amazon Prime and Google Play. In parallel, we also published a unique book: The Raven On The Jetty Production Scrapbook and DVD of the Film. During the making of the film, of course, we made 30 Vlogs about the making of the film and we hope that this total package gives viewers of the film a complete experience of our commitment to quality, thought-provoking independent filmmaking. A first for us this year was commissioning Mark Duggan to make a short film, The Rabbit, based on a screenplay by Erik Knudsen. This was a highly successful collaboration and marks the beginning of One Day Films commissioning work by other independent filmmakers.

Marvo, one of the stars of The Raven On The Jetty

Marvo, one of the stars of Erik Knudsen’s The Raven On The Jetty.

A departure from our usual activities involved Erik Knudsen participating in an unusual project just outside Paris, France. The Dance In Time project is run by one of One Day Film’s company directors and long standing supporter, Paul Clarke, who runs innovative educational and ecological projects across the world. Erik Knudsen joined Paul Clarke and his team at a chateau near Paris, Millement, and Erik was able to contribute to the discussions taking place between a number of prominent Australian educationalists.

Paul Clarke and his organising team at Millement near Paris

Paul Clarke and his organising team at Millement near Paris.

Engaging with the place and its special vibrations at Millement, Paris

Engaging with the place and its special vibrations at Millement, Paris.

During the year Erik Knudsen was able to develop two new projects that we hope to start production work on in 2016. The first is a photographic and film installation entitled Doubt. Final discussions are currently taking place with a gallery in the UK and we hope to make an announcement soon. During 2015, Erik Knudsen also wrote a screenplay for a new feature film – TITLE of FILM PROJECT to be announced soon. We are currently in negotiations with a number of potential partners and we hope to commence production of this film before the end of 2016. More on both these projects will be announced soon.

We are looking forward to bringing you more quality, thought-provoking independent films. We hope that the world in 2016 sees more love and peace. We want to continue making our small contribution to making the world a more spiritually enriched place where love and peace can blossom, one little story at a time.

A tree of life



Cinema of Poverty

 

Balloons hanging from lamp post

Photo of a park bench

A gate by railway

A poverty that is humble. A poverty that submits to a higher state. A poverty that is simple to the point of being foolish. A poverty that has no yearning for wealth. A poverty that is confident in its silence. A poverty that enriches the poor. A poverty that breeds faith.

These are the qualities I seek in my work and living.

To be generous in my poverty. To share my poverty. To offer it up to feed the thousands. Where can I find this poverty and how can I make it real?



The Rabbit Soon To Be Released

The Mark Duggan produced and directed film, The Rabbit, for One Day Films, written and executive produced by Erik Knudsen, is due to be released soon. There is a cast and crew preview screening on the 4th October 2015 and shortly after that, you’ll be able to view it here at One Day Films. The Rabbit is a 15 minute film about how a young couple on their way home from visiting one of their parents discover, through a graphic and disturbingly prophetic incident on the road home, that their lives and aspirations have been drifting apart and that the future they thought they might have together is viewed very differently by the two of them. It is an evocative short road movie about the painful dissolution of a relationship.

The Rabbit Poster

In the final Vlog about the making of the film, Erik and Mark reflect on the journey of their collaboration:

The Rabbit is coming soon!



The Rabbit Has Now Finished Shooting

Mark Duggan has now finished shooting The Rabbit, written and Executive Produced by Erik Knudsen. The footage looks great and we’re looking forward to seeing the first rough cut.

The film was shot on locations in the English Midlands, entirely during twilight hours. The effect is evocative of the twilight status of the relationship being portrayed in the film.

Production still from The Rabbit

As the title suggests, a rabbit figures prominently in the story and the animatronics work amazingly well. Visit Mark Duggan’s site for further details on progress. We look forward to premiering the film here at One Day Films.



The Raven On The Jetty Released

The Raven On The Jetty Poster

We are very excited to announce the release of Erik Knudsen’s feature film, The Raven On The Jetty. The film is now available:

One Day Films buy button  The Raven On The Jetty on Google Play The Raven On The Jetty Production Scrapbook

 

Other outlets, including Amazon Prime, are being added soon. The Raven On The Jetty will be available in all English speaking territories. There will also be a limited number of theatrical screenings which will be announced shortly. We have developed a unique hand signed and numbered Limited Edition Production Scrapbook and DVD available shortly. The book is the story of the film, scene by scene, told using bits of Erik Knudsen’s storyboard, notes, production stills and stills from the film. Also included is the complete final screenplay and the DVD of the film.

The Raven On The Jetty first started as a concept and idea back in the spring of 2012. Writer and Director, Erik Knudsen, was running a workshop at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television in Cuba when he first started to take notes of the ideas and imagery emerging. Soon after returning to the UK, he involved his Assistant Director, Mark Duggan, and co-producer and wife, Janet Knudsen, and soon the ball was rolling. The development of the screenplay, casting and location scouting proved the most important elements early on and the production was very fortunate to encounter a range of very helpful people in Cumbria and the Lake District of England. Casting, too, took place in the Lake District where the vast majority of the film was to be set. After a public call for interested people, the team were able to shortlist and audition 19 boys and parents for the key roles. Erik Knudsen was keen to work with non professionals from the very area the film was set and the range of talents available proved considerable. Connor O’Hara stood out and proved to be perfect for the main part. Following the decision to cast Connor, the team were able to cast Connor O’Hara’s father, Rob O’Hara, to play the lead character’s father. Helen Teasdale was cast as his mother, followed by the casting of Anne Fraser and Anne Lees.

Shooting took place during the Easter holidays in 2013. The whole cast and crew lived in a couple of cottages near the primary locations, allowing for a communal feel to the production process and enabling an efficient way of organising the shoot. It meant that the principal photography only took 2 weeks, in part because the production was blessed with uncharacteristically good weather. Most of the shooting took place near Penrith and around Ullswater in the English Lake District.

The postproduction process took place during the remainder of 2013 and during 2014 the film went to a series of international festivals. These included the Keswick Film Festival, where we were very pleased to be able to premiere the film in the very area where it was shot and in which many of the cast lived. The film went on to a range of other festivals including the Legon Film Event, Ghana, Lucern International Film Festival, Switzerland, Wales International Film Festival, Aberdeen International Film Festival and the Madrid International Film Festival, where the film won the Jury Award.

Uniquely, during the making of The Raven On The Jetty, 30 short documentaries were made about the production process, from early development through to the first cast and crew screening. These Video Blogs are all available to view.

The Raven On The Jetty defies categorisation and sits outside any particular national cinema, or any particular genre. The Raven On The Jetty sits on the crest of a wave Erik Knudsen calls ‘cinema of poverty’, a cinema of thought provoking, independent quality films that defy the normal routines of the established film industry in the UK and that aspire to a cinematic aesthetic that seeks independence and simplicity in an age of abundance and complexity. We hope you enjoy the film.



The Rabbit

We’re pleased to have committed to the production of the short film, The Rabbit, Written and Executive Produced by Erik Knudsen and to be Produced and Directed by Mark Duggan. Mark will be the first Director commission by One Day Films to produce a film that has not been Written and Directed by Erik Knudsen and we look forward to an exciting adventure.

The Director of the film The Rabbit, Mark Duggan

Producer and Director, Mark Duggan

The Rabbit is the story of a young couple travelling home from visiting the woman’s parents one moon lit night. They were due to have made an important announcement about a significant event in their lives, but somehow things are not working out as they had planned. This is a a road movie pregnant with the tensions around a challenged relationship.

Mark Duggan’s earlier work often revolves around relationships and longing and The Rabbit is a story that lends itself well to these interests. We therefore look forward to seeing the results and engaging in the development, production and distribution of the film. Mark and his team plan to produce regular Vlogs about the making of the film and progress can be followed at Mark Duggan Films.



Erik Knudsen starts at Bournemouth University

I’m very pleased to be starting today as Professor of Visual and Digital Culture at Bournemouth University’s Media School. I have long had an interest in the activities and developments taking place in the Media School at Bournemouth University and when the opportunity arose to join the team there, I took it. For me, this is one of the leading media schools in the UK.

Still from Bournemouth University web site

Bournemouth University Logo

As Professor of Visual and Digital Culture, I will be joining a lively and ambitious research community at Bournemouth with a view to leading and contributing to the development of practice led research within the media practice areas, contributing to the supervision of research students, contributing to the development of film production programmes and undertaking my own research projects. I am bringing with me 3 PhD student and an AHRC funded research network project entitled: StoryLab International Film Development Research Network. More on that later. Bournemouth University is going to provide me with a fertile context in which to develop a number of exciting projects and I look very much forward to meeting, and engaging with, my new colleagues.

I will remain committed to the North West of England, too, as I will continue to live near Manchester. As my role is very national and international, long distance commuting is going to contribute to an exciting new way of thinking and engaging.



New Short Documentary: In Waiting

You may remember from a previous post that I was in Cuba in December 2014 conducting a Story Lab workshop at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television. During my free time, I used my iPhone to shoot a little documentary with a young man, Alejandro, and his friends, entitled In Waiting (12 minutes).

Alejandro.

Alejandro, the subject of my little iPhone documentary.

Inspired by the questions he raises about the situation he and his friends find themselves in, I was moved to act spontaneously and shoot this film. This is something I do once in a while and I use whatever tool (camera) comes to hand – in this case, an iPhone 6 Plus. The film was shot in one afternoon and one evening. I have made several short films in a similarly spontaneous way, including Vanilla Chip, A Dog’s Farewell To His Master and The Yoruba Tree. There is also a direct connection between this documentary and my photographic essay on Cuba, Cuba In Waiting, which recently exhibited at the Dean Clough Gallery in Halifax, UK.

Despite recent signs of a thawing relationship between the United States and Cuba, many in Cuba feel stuck and despondent about their situation. Since the revolution in 1959, nothing much has changed. Many have left Cuba, and continue to leave, particularly the young, and the country continues to exist in a state of limbo. This short documentary, In Waiting, tells the story of Alejandro, a young educated man in San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba, frustrated by the repressive stasis of the country, concerned for his future and, above all, torn between the idea of leaving Cuba – like all his friends intend to – and staying to change it. Alejandro meets up with his friends one evening and asks himself: how will Cuba change if young people do not stay to change it?

A frame grab from In Waiting by Erik Knudsen

A frame grab from In Waiting

A frame grab from In Waiting by Erik Knudsen

A frame grab from In Waiting

A frame grab from In Waiting by Erik Knudsen

A frame grab from In Waiting

A frame grab from In Waiting by Erik Knudsen

A frame grab from In Waiting

A frame grab from In Waiting by Erik Knudsen

A frame grab from In Waiting

A frame grab from In Waiting by Erik Knudsen

A frame grab from In Waiting

In Waiting is now complete and will be made available soon on this site. At the moment it is being considered for the Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival 2015 and cannot be screened until they have made a decision whether to include it in this year’s festival. Either way, it will be made available soon and it may coincide with the release of The Raven On The Jetty in April 2015.