Knútur Haukstein Ólafsson tells us about his projects and the variety of work he has been doing since graduating from the Film School
Knútur Haukstein is a versatile individual that graduated from the Acting department of the Icelandic Film School. Yesterday a music video with the band Major Pink was released, but in it Knútur directed and filmed as well as writing the script with the bands singer, Gunnar Ingi Valgeirsson. We got in touch with Knútur and got to pry a little bit.
What allures me the most to film making is that it is an art form that can bring together so many different artistic expressions. Films are stories, music, photographs, graphic novels and paintings, combined together under one group called “Films”. The possibilities are endless but they do have in common that you can tell a story with moving pictures.
Music is obviously also tantalizing and Knútur has been able to combine these passions well.
My work with the band Major Pink started when I was in my second semester at the Film School in 2014. I heard their song “Hope” that inspired me immensely and I asked them if I could use the song in my introduction film, “Miss Pink”, that ended up turning into the music video for “Hope” that was played on the TV station Bravo and has been entered into 8 film festivals so far.I would also like to give praise to the actors in the video. Bryndís Haraldsdóttir, Ragnar Gabríel Ragnarsson, Sara Rut Arnardóttir and Arnór Elís Kristjánsson are all marvelous actors that I truly recommend if any directors out there are looking for fresh and exciting actors. From the beginning of our collaboration I have been in strong contact with the bands singer, Gunnar Ingi Valgeirsson. Around the middle of June he wanted me to direct a music video for the song „Coffee & Cigarettes“ that we just recently finished. We also just had an interview on Rás 2 where we talked about the video and the song. Heimir Snær Sveinsson is a young and promising editor that had a big part of the end result of the video and I also strongly recommend him if anyone is looking for good editing.
I am very proud of the music video „Hope“ as it is a very personal project that I care for, but I have also yet to publicly show my graduation film “INFERNO” that just recently won an award in a film festival in Miami. It will premiere at the end of July. Then there are the many comedies and sketches I have done with my coworkers in Flying Bus Films, Arnór Elís Kristjánsson and Heimir Snær Sveinsson, that hopefully people have enjoyed.
My focus forward is to continue creating and constructing. I am now working on making an idea into a minute film and laying out plans for the next video for Major Pink. Also getting into acting auditions here and there. One tries to keep busy and have plenty to do. That is the best you can do.