Tuesday, 24 November 2015


Here is my entry for #TheJamesBayFilmCompetition, a competition which I discussed in a previous post. The film stars Alex Bedward & Guy Hodgkinson.

And here is the link to my submission page on Talenthouse:

Monday, 16 November 2015

New: Fly Away

A new film for Chris Baldwin's track, 'Albino'. This narrative music video stars Alex Bedward and was shot on location in London in the final week of October. It's the first of two projects starring Alex - the 2nd will be available very soon. For now, enjoy Fly Away.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Bedward Double-Bill

At the end of October I went to London for three days (26th/27th/28th) to shoot two films with actress Alex Bedward, who I last worked with on the You Animals music video for What A Shame, Lorraine (2011).

After completing The Rabbit & Over, I had decided that I wasn't going to shoot another film this year and that I was going to take an extended break from filmmaking. However, in early October, Alex contacted me, out of the blue, about possibly collaborating on a project. I wasn't opposed to the idea but was reluctant. I said I'd see what I could come up with in terms of ideas…and that was that.

As the days passed I started to tap into my thoughts, feelings and recent experiences and began to jot down some notes. I then saw a competition being run by singer James Bay via Talenthouse.

"Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit a 1-2 minute trailer for the opportunity to have their trailer commissioned into a 10-15 minute narrative short film.

James is looking for creative filmmakers to develop narrative short films that are inspired by the themes, characters and emotions of Chaos And The Calm. Your short film should be inspired by the album but does not need to include any music unless it is part of your creative narrative. Filmmakers are encouraged to approach this from a film perspective rather than a traditional music video project."

It seemed like a fantastic opportunity but I had ideas beyond a 1-2 minute trailer. Subsequently, I decided that I would go out and shoot a complete film that I would then cut into a trailer for the competition. Alex was excited by the prospect and so we agreed that we would shoot at the end of October to meet the November deadline. The only issue was that we needed an actor for the shoot. Fortunately, Alex had someone in mind and we offered the part to Guy Hodgkinson who agreed to be involved.

I was suddenly feeling quite excited about the prospect of shooting in London and was keen to utilise the time; I asked Alex if she would also like to shoot a narrative music video during the three days that we were together and she agreed, so we shot it during 'downtime' from the short film shoot. I hadn't simply plucked a track out of the sky: earlier in the year, whilst making Rose with Terence J Corbett, I had heard another Chris Baldwin track that I'd immediately had an idea for and so the time for it to be made had, seemingly, come back around.

The time spent in London was very creative and I now have two projects that are cut and will soon be ready for release. I'll keep you updated.

Monday, 9 November 2015


'Over', starring Yoann Moëss and Jolene Rathmill, is screening over at awardeo.tv this week. It's the 3rd time this year that they have approved one of my shorts for their weekly competition, which I'm very proud of. 

You can watch and vote for the short HERE.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Like Crazy…digital cinema

Recently I've watched some very good films (some old, some new) on Netflix & Mubi, all of which I thoroughly recommend - The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, The Act of Killing, Hard Eight, The Internet's Own Boy, Heavenly Creatures, Beasts of No Nation, and Side by Side, a great documentary on the pros and cons of digital filmmaking versus shooting on film (embedded below).

Side by Side features interviews with a lot of high-profile filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese, and provides a wonderful overview of the digital revolution, which leads me on to a film I watched on Sunday evening…

Like Crazy (2011) is a romantic, indie drama starring Felicity Jones & Anton Yelchin, which I had wanted to watch it for quite some time. I was initially interested as I heard that it had been shot on a DLSR (Canon 7D)…fortunately, I found it tucked away on Netflix and what a wonderful film it is!

I found an article (HEREwith the cinematographer who discussed the spontaneity of using a DSLR: "Right when we got off the plane, we were just going to get dinner. Drake [Director] decide[s] ... to put the actors in the wardrobe and we’ll just follow them as we go to dinner, and they’ll walk through these crowds of people and maybe we’ll get something that we can use in the movie. And that was literally me with a 7D body and a 32mm lens and a Zacuto viewfinder finding my own focus, leaning on things to be stable, and hoping for the best".

Whilst it's pretty impressive that he used digital technology so effectively, he makes a similar statement to the one which closes Side by Side - "most people have no idea what it was shot on or care. Storytelling isn’t about resolution or compression."

Exactly…story comes first.

Sunday, 18 October 2015


I always envision my short films as standalone pieces. However, at the same time, I often like to group them together into a series of some sort - often by featuring a returning character (e.g. The Longing Trilogy & 24 Hour Trilogy).

Whilst finishing Round in Circles I began to think of the film as the first in a collection of shorts titled "Isolation" and, as of Friday 16th October, I now have two films in this particular series. Here's a chance to view both films, which I view as companion pieces (similar to Guillermo del Toro's view of The Devil's Backbone & Pan's Labyrinth): besides both featuring Jolene Rathmill, they are only connected by the theme of isolation. Enjoy…

"It's personal but they need to know…"

Friday, 16 October 2015


Over: a new short film starring Yoann Moëss and Jolene Rathmill. It's been a long time coming this film and so I'm pleased that I am finally able to share it with the world. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Awardeo: The Rabbit

For the second week running I have a film in The Awardeo online film competition. This week it's The Rabbit, which you can vote for here: http://bit.ly/1Z6Q6LE 

Starring Harris Matthews & Toni Sherwood-Pearce. A One Day Films Production of A Mark Duggan Film: Directed, Shot & Edited by Mark Duggan, Written by Erik Knudsen. Producer Mark Duggan / Executive Producers Erik & Janet Knudsen. onedayfilms.com

Monday, 5 October 2015

The Rabbit…released

Here is 'The Rabbit', directed by Mark Duggan & written by Erik Knudsen. The film has been made in collaboration with One Day Films and is currently being entered into film festivals around the globe: enjoy!


One Day Films: "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. This Mark Duggan film, based on a screenplay by Erik Knudsen, is an evocative short road movie about the painful dissolution of a relationship."

Starring Harris Matthews & Toni Sherwood-Pearce. A One Day Films Production of A Mark Duggan Film: Directed, Shot & Edited by Mark Duggan, Written by Erik Knudsen. Producer Mark Duggan / Executive Producers Erik & Janet Knudsen. onedayfilms.com

Monday, 28 September 2015

Awardeo: Monster...

Ride Out The Wave or: Cuddling A Monster has been approved by The Awardeo Company and is in this week's online competition…please give the film a vote:


Monday, 14 September 2015

The Rabbit: Vlog 3

Here is the final video blog for 'The Rabbit'. This vlog features myself & Erik discussing the script, the shoot, the themes, the final product and One Day Films. Enjoy!

The Rabbit is currently being submitted to international film festivals and will be available online as of October 2015, after a preview screening for cast and crew at Media City (Salford, Gtr. Manchester).

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Summer Nights: Cuddling A Monster

One of the prizes for winning the 5 Lamps Films 24 Hour Challenge (2015) was that the film would be screened in front of a selection of films playing as part of the Summer Nights Film Festival.

Subsequently, I'm pleased to announce that Cuddling A Monster will be screened this week at Wollaton Hall before Dirty Dancing (28th), Alpha Papa (29th) and The Dark Knight Rises (30th).

Thursday, 20 August 2015

iPhone Short: New

So, here is the little film I shot on my iPhone 5s whilst in Barcelona. Audio was recorded with an iPad using the RØDE app and a RØDE SMARTLAV Lavalier Mic.

Starring Terence J Corbett.

"The film of tomorrow appears to me as even more personal than an individual and autobiographical novel, like a confession, or a diary. The young filmmakers will express themselves in the first person and will relate what has happened to them. It may be the story of their first love or their most recent; of their political awakening; the story of a trip, a sickness, their military service, their marriage, their last vacation…and it will be enjoyable because it will be true, and new…The film of tomorrow will not be directed by civil servants of the camera, but by artists for whom shooting a film constitutes a wonderful and thrilling adventure. The film of tomorrow will resemble the person who made it, and the number of spectators will be proportional to the number of friends the director has. The film of tomorrow will be an act of love" - François Truffaut.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

The Rabbit…Finish Line

On Friday afternoon I met with Erik & Janet Knudsen to screen them my cut of 'The Rabbit', which is almost ready for release, and I'm pleased to say that they were both more than happy with what they saw…
Still from the film.
I made a few notes for minor adjustments to the picture & soundtrack, which I'll be making this week, but, thankfully, at the end of the screening we agreed to a handover date for the completed film (Monday 17th August).
BTS: On set with Harris & Toni
As of the 17th, Erik & Janet will then be sending the short to a selection of film festivals, arranging a screening for the cast & crew and preparing the film for release via One Day Films

You can expect a final video blog in the coming weeks in which Erik and I will discuss the process and the final product…And then that'll be that. It's been an amazing journey and I'm immensely proud of the film that I've directed/produced! 

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

iPhone Cinema

Whilst in Barcelona last week, I decided to shoot a little, slightly experimental, short film starring my regular collaborator Terence J Corbett (Rose / Round in Circles / BecauseCold Desert / Under the Bridge / You Left Your Heart in the CityOwn Worst Enemy)

I considered shooting on my GoPro but decided to experiment with my iPhone 5s. I'd previously been impressed with what Erik Knudsen had achieved on his iPhone 6 with his short documentary, In Waiting. The 5s doesn't have the capabilities of the iPhone 6 but I thought I'd give it a go anyway and I'm pleased with what I've captured - especially in the low light sequences.

I hope to release the film on Vimeo and here on the blog this week - so check back in…for now, here are some stills.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

GoPro with Darren Scott

As well as completing the ADR for The Rabbit last weekend, I also helped Darren Scott shoot some GoPro footage for a feature film that he is currently completing.

As The Rabbit was primarily shot in a car, Darren wanted me to help him with a scene that also takes place in a travelling vehicle. Anyway, here are some behind the scenes shots I took on my phone…

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The Rabbit - ADR Session 2

This past weekend I completed the second round of ADR for my next short film, The Rabbit. This time it was Harris Matthew's turn in the studio…

Harris and Darren Scott
You can check out some pics of Harris and Darren Scott in the Facebook Album - HERE.

Friday, 26 June 2015

The Director - Best Film

It's been a week of old projects coming back around…you may remember that in 2013 I colour graded a short film for Will Herbert (original blog post - HERE). Well, congratulations are in order as that film has just won the National Fiction Award at Devizes Film Festival.

Well done Will! A very funny film that is thoroughly deserving of awards…I enjoyed being a part of the project, even if it was in a very small post-production role.

Have a watch of the film... 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Lost Choices…Nine2Five Films

You may remember some time ago I posted on this blog about a project I'd shot for Nine 2 Five Films & director John Abbott (read original post HERE)…well the film is now complete.

Alex Hamilton
John Abbott on the project: "This music video has taken me nearly three years to make and show it to the world. The above video is very personal to myself and for the people involved as it has been a very long journey till now.

This was originally going to be a short film about one mans struggle to come to terms that a loved one was going to be leaving him through illness. And it was his journey on how he found his peace. 

I had three different versions of the film and I could not feel happy about either version. The reasons I could only think of was because the story was so close to my heart that I wanted to make the people I based it around proud.

A couple years passed and I had completed a number of other projects which I was pleased about but I could still not get this project out of my mind so I eventually came back it with the idea of doing a music video with some of the footage we shot for the film. The song I chose was the one I have here however when I heard the tragic news about singer / songwriter Gavin Clark passing I was devastated once again. 

The reason I have finally released this video is because I wanted to share my story and also to showcase the amazing talent of the great Gavin Clark his music will always have a special place in my heart so I hope people can look into his music and his legacy passed this video."

Update: Unfortunately, John's film has been removed from Youtube as a feature film titled The Lost Choices has been released and they weren't happy with the use of the Gavin Clark track. You can view the trailer for the feature below: personally, I'm not sure how a music video on Youtube would affect the release of a feature film but there you go...

Sunday, 14 June 2015

The Rabbit ADR

Yesterday I worked with Darren Scott at his studio in Rugby, where we re-recorded Toni Sherwood-Pearce's dialogue for my next short film, The Rabbit.

The studio
It was a very fun and productive day; Toni proved to be a master at syncing up her dialogue, whilst still retaining the emotion of her original performance, and Darren's expertise/knowledge of sound/ADR was invaluable. Great work from both of them!

You can see a selection of pictures from the day in a Facebook album - HERE.