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Prof. Erik Knudsen

Professor of Media Practice

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Media Factory, ME413

+44 (0) 1772 89 3050

eknudsen1@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Media

Erik Knudsen is a filmmaker and Professor of Media Practice at the University of Central Lancashire. Prior to joining UCLan, Erik was a Professor of Visual and Digital Culture at Bournemouth University’s Media School. He has also been Professor of Film Practice at the University of Salford, where he was for a period of time Head of the School of Media, Music and Performance.

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Erik Knudsen is a filmmaker and Professor of Media Practice at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in the UK. Prior to joining UCLAN, Erik was a Professor of Visual and Digital Culture at Bournemouth University’s Media School. He has also been Professor of Film Practice at the University of Salford, Manchester, UK, where he was for a period of time Head of the School of Media, Music and Performance. During his many years at the University of Salford, Erik has also acted as the University of Salford’s Director of Graduate Studies. Earlier roles at the University of Salford included programme leading the MA in Fiction Film Production, the MA in Television Documentary Production and the MA in Wildlife Documentary Production. Prior to his University of Salford tenure, he was Head of Production at the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University.

Alongside his current role, Erik is also Visiting Professor, and the former Head of the Editing Department, at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television in Cuba. He is the chair of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Media Practice and a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College. He publishes widely on film practice, such as the book, ‘Creative Documentary: Theory and Practice’ published in 2011. He is currently leading the StoryLab International Research Network, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council.

As a filmmaker his films include The Raven On The Jetty (88 min., fiction, 2015), The Silent Accomplice (84 min., fiction, 2011), Vainilla Chip (17 min., Documentary, 2009), Veil (for Horse & Bamboo Theatre Company’s touring show, 2008), Heart of Gold (40 min., documentary, 2006), Sea of Madness (86 min., fiction, 2006), Brannigan’s March (99 min., fiction, 2004), Bed of Flowers (50 min., documentary, 2001), Signs of Life (70 min., fiction, 1999), Reunion (50 min., documentary, 1995), One Day Tafo (70 min., documentary, 1991).

More recently, Erik has been engaged with photography. He has exhibited and published, for example his photographic essay Cuba in Waiting was exhibited at the Cervantes Institute in Manchester (2013) and Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax (2014) and is available as a book. Erik runs his own film production company, One Day Films Ltd (onedayfilms.com).

Erik holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in film production from York University, Toronto(1983), and a PhD from the University of Salford, Manchester (2002).

Publications

Knudsen, E. (2016). The Total Filmmaker: Thinking of screenwriting, directing and editing as one role. New Writing, 13(1), 109-129. doi:10.1080/14790726.2016.1142571

Knudsen, E. (2015). Dependencies and Independence in Independent British Film. In D. Baltruschat, & M. Erickson (Eds.), Independent Filmmaking Around The Globe. University of Toronto Press. Retrieved from http://www.onedayfilms.com/

Knudsen, E. (2015). The Raven On The Jetty. Jury Award, Madrid International Film Festival, July 2014. World Premiere: Keswick Film Festival, March 2014. Other Festivals: Lucerne International Film Festival, Switzerland, Legon Film Event, Accra, Ghana, March 2014, Aberdeen International Film Festival, 2014, Wales Film Festival, 2014. Release date: 6 April 2015.: One Day Films Ltd. Retrieved from https://www.theravenonthejetty.com/

Knudsen, E. (2015). The Raven On The Jetty Production Scrapbook and DVD of the film. One Day Films Ltd. Retrieved from https://www.onedayfilms.com/the-raven-on-the-jetty- production-scrapbook-and-dvd-for-the-film/

 

Research

RESEARCH Activities

Predominantly practice-led film research, in particular narrative documentary and fiction. Erik is interested in exploring alternative modes of cinematic narratives and stories, changing practices resulting from developments in production and dissemination technologies and in the epistemology of fact and fiction within the narrative moving image. His own work takes the form of creative practice and applied theory and is concerned with the exploration and development of transcendent qualities and themes in cinematic storytelling and understanding the meaning of independence in contemporary filmmaking contexts. Erik has several PhD students and many completions.

Projects

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project: StoryLab International Film Development Research Network (storylabnetwork.com).
  • Feature film, Cleft Lip. In production during 2017.
  • Essay film and photographic essay: Doubt. In post production 2016. 

External Affiliations and Roles

  • Visiting Professor, Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television, Cuba.
  • Chair of Editorial Board, Journal of Media Practice.
  • Chair of Board of Trustees, Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax.

Memberships

Member of Peer Review College, Arts and Humanities Research Council. 

Conferences

  • 2016 Keynote speech: Method in Madness, Greenwich University Media Practice Symposium, September 2016.
  • 2016 Keynote Speech: Research Is Research Is Research, Centre for Practice Based Research in the Arts Symposium, Canterbury Christchurch University, May 2016.
  • 2016 Keynote Speech: Rethinking Film Narrative, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China. May 2016.
  • 2016 Keynote Speech: Rethinking Film Narrative, Chengdu University, Chengdu, China. May 2016.
  • 2016 Keynote Speech: Rethinking Film Narrative, Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University, Suzhou, China. May 2016.
  • 2015 Expert Participant, Story Lab and A Dance In Time Lab Workshop, Pop up Foundation, Chateau de Millemont, Paris, 7 - 9 July 2015.
  • 2015 Conference Paper, Language/Voice Symposium, University of Aberystwyth, A Practice Led Research Project Case Study AHRC StoryLab Film Development Research Network, 13 June 2015.
  • 2014 Keynote Conference Presentation, Corporation Between Research Centres and International Broadcasters, Content Malaysia Conference, KL Converge, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2014.
  • 2014 Keynote Speech, Abundance and Media Practice Research. Journal of Media Practice Symposium, Roehampton University, London, June 2014.
  • 2014 Keynote Speech, The Meaning of Independence: Challenges and Opportunities for Ghanaian Film in an Age of Abundance. Legon International Film Event, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana. March 2014.
  • 2014 Keynote Speech, Photography and Film, Redeye Photographic Network, Manchester, UK, January 2014.
  • 2013 Keynote Speech, Transcendental Narratives, University of Colombia, Bogotá, May 2013.