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Title: The Knowledge
Runtime: 14 min
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.