Award of Merit – “The Knowledge” (UK)

Title: The Knowledge
Runtime: 14 min
Country: USA
Director: Alexander Osman
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: March 31, 2020

Synopsis: It’s a dark night in London 1991 and there’s a serial killer on the loose. Two men go about their business oblivious to the dangers at large when fate brings them together in a black taxi.

This seemingly random encounter sparks an escalating feud that leads to a brutal and devastating finale as our loyalties plunge first one way and then the other.

FILMMAKER Q&A – Alexander Osman – Director, Writer, Director, Editor, Producer

GS: What was the inspiration for your film?

AO: A conversation with an old school friend who has started to write a novel about two similar characters.

GS: When did you conceive the idea for your film and how long did it take before it was realized?

AO: The idea was conceived in 2017, shot in 2018 and post-production finished in early 2019.

GS: What was the most challenging aspect of working in a short film format?

AO: Timing. It’s should a short and should be so but you want to keep the tension too which creates conflict in the edit. 

GS: What was the most challenging aspect of your production?

AO: Shooting in moving vehicles and an actor that couldn’t drive.

GS: Do you have any advice for first-time filmmakers?

AO: Believe in yourself, go out and shoot something.