34 - Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
Q - Digital or visual media
One Day Films Ltd
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The production of the feature film The Raven On The Jetty involved a prolonged period of independent research for Erik Knudsen as producer, writer, director and editor lasting over 4 years of focused research engagement, ranging from: the underpinning literary and theoretical research to the creative engagement with a creative team of collaborators from the main cast to the extras, the cinematographer to costume designers and from sound designer to music composer. In total there are 64 named contributors in the credits. The research also involved exploring innovative ways of distributing and exhibiting the film.
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The Raven On The Jetty constitutes practice research located within the field of narrative independent film and world cinema. The film forms part of Knudsen’s ongoing critical and practical exploration of transcendent narrative forms and the impact of technologically inspired independence on the telling of prototypical stories (Booker 2004, Hogan 2003).The Raven On The Jetty is an exploration of transcendental narrative strategies that can enhance our engagement with themes that go beyond psychology. How can one create narratives that engage with our participatory feelings rather than our self assertive emotions? (Koestler, 1964). Building on the narrative theories of Paul Schrader (1972), Patrick Hogan (2003) and Christopher Booker (2004), Knudsen compliments his challenging of existing practices within narrative film with applied theoretical outputs, including the monograph Finding The Personal Voice In Filmmaking and the journal articles, The Total Filmmaker and Zen and The Art of Film Narrative, and constructs a rigorous link between theory and practice in developing the film. Situated within the context of works by Ceylan (The Wild Pear Tree, 2018 and Winter Sleep, 2014), Kim Ki Duk (The Bow, 2005) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, 2010) The Raven On The Jetty brings an original narrative approach to the Western and Anglo Saxon cinematic experience by challenging dominant approaches to dialogue, psychological motivation, story perspectives and the role of sound.Winner of the 2014 Jury Award at the Madrid International Film Festival, The Raven On The Jetty also screened at 5 further international film festivals. The Raven On The Jetty had a limited UK theatrical release in 2015 before subsequently being released internationally through VOD platforms iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play and onedayfilms.com.