Thorsten Knaub

la réalisation numérique / le portfolio freelance


Thorsten uses his video and animation experience in a number of projects relating to Human rights and social issues as well as to create campaign films and short documentaries for charities. Commissioning bodies and companies include Postcolonial Films/Save The Children (Norway), Postcolonial Films/Amnesty International (USA), South London Gallery/Louis Vuitton, The William Morris Society, ACAVA Arts Charity and The European Shakuhachi Society.

Digital Resource Book

Creation of a series of 10 explanatory animations/video shorts based on workshop tools developed by Save the Children to assist children and young people, who had been traumatised by their experiences in war and conflict zones, to reintegrate back into society and become active members of the reconciliation and peace processes. The resulting animations were combined on a DVD and will be used in various countries throughout the world.

Example: Balloon Tool (3')

Animation/visual concepts and DVD authoring: Thorsten Knaub
Narration/Texts and Producers: Postcolonial Films /Save the Children

Day of the Disappeared

Editing a campaign video for the ‘International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearance’ to feature on the US website of Amnesty International.



Children Rights Campaign

Creating an Intro and Outro animation sequence for a campaign film highlighting issues about children rights within peace building processes for a children rights awareness campaign at UN, New York. Postcolonial Films/Save The Children Norway (SCN)

Example: INTRO animation [note: raw version = no sound]                              OUTRO animation [note: raw version = no sound] 

Animation and visualisations: Thorsten Knaub
Story, texts and source material: Postcolonial Films /Save The Children Norway (SCN)

Louis Vuitton's Young Arts Project

Directing a short film and promotional trailer for launch of the Louis Vuitton’s Young Arts Project with young people of the South London Gallery’s Young Peoples Forum. The project was managed by the South London Gallery and realised in association with Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, and Southbank Centre/Hayward Gallery.

The project included a series of workshops and gallery visits to five of the main London public galleries.  The film combines footage of the gallery visits, discussions about the art seen and material generated in the associated workshops.

The 4' short version shown at the press launch of the Louis Vuitton’s Young Arts Project;
[click image to play video] For full version (15') please click here.

Direction, camera, editing and animations: Thorsten Knaub
Producers: Sarah Coffils, Ed Webb-Ingall, Jenny Ohlson, Frances Williams
Production Manager: Ed Webb-Ingall
Sound Recordist: William Whale
Sound Mixer: David Woolley

Filming the workshop with Charlie Dark, South London Gallery                  Screening of film, Louis Vuitton Shop in Bond Street, London.


The Tables Turned

Directing the live audio recording and creating the design for a CD of William Morris’s play The Tables Turned or Nupkins Awakened - A Socialist Interlude.
Morris’s only play was originally performed for the first time on the 15 October in 1887. Having not been performed for about a century, on 2 May 2010 the play was staged again for a one-off performance by The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor at Kelmscott House in London. The audio CD was created to capture and archive that performance.

Short extract of The Tables Turned or Nupkins Awakened – A Socialist Interlude.
CD available at William Morris

Director of play: Gary Merry
Producer of play: Joseph Mirwitch

Director of Audio Recording, CD design and production: Thorsten Knaub
Sound Recordist: William Whale
Sound Mastering: Pino di Nardo


Video clips of vox pops after the performance.

Interviews/Video: Thorsten Knaub
Sound Recordist: William Whale


Other short/promotional videos

Directing and editing documentary & promotional short videos about the European Shakuhachi Summer School in London in 2011 held at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London.

See more of the videos at

Direction, filming and editing: Thorsten Knaub
Producer: European Shakuhachi Society

Creation of three short promotional videos about the preparation and planting of a new grape variety in the organic vineyard Domaine Rouaud near the Pyrénées in Southern France.

Direction, camera and editing: Thorsten Knaub



Thorsten’s interest in cinema and the moving image has also led him to work on a number of video/film workshops within the educational and communal contexts. These projects include working on outreach or education programmes of leading London public galleries, as well as in schools and community centres.

South London Gallery: Around Southwark in 80 minutes

Working with three South London Schools’ classes, combining collage, green-screen and narrative to make a short film in response to the exhibition Around The World In 80 Days’ at the South London Gallery. (1 of 2 workshop leaders)

Around Southwark in 80 Minutes (Duration 18')   [Click image to play video]

Short demonstration of the workshop processes.

Filming, editing & animation: Thorsten Knaub / Matthew Thomas
Schools: Haberdasher's Aske's Hatcham College, St. Thomas the Apostle College, Walworth School.

Serpentine Gallery: Uncut

This educational workshop took as a starting point the exhibition ‘The Welfare Show’ by Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset at the Serpentine Gallery, London. The participants created a series of video vignettes dealing with a variety of themes and which were presented at the final day of the 5-day workshop. (1 of 2 workshop leaders)

UNCUT - video stills from the educational workshop at the Serpentine Gallery.


ACAVA/Stranger Festival

The StrangerFestival and its annual award event in Amsterdam was a two-year project over 2008 and 2009. It was a celebration of young people’s video-making that also involved: a training academy, video workshops throughout Europe and a travelling exhibition to promote all the resulting videos. [archived site]

The Stranger Festival, Amsterdam. Video editing session.                             Workshop at East Potential, Stratford.

Film/video workshops were organised by London Arts charity ACAVA and Stranger Festival/European Cultural Foundation and held in various locations managed by the partner organisations/workshop venue throughout London. Workshop were held e.g. at Tate Modern, Westminster Academy School, Archbishop Tenison School as well as at the Community Centre East Potential, Stratford, London. (1 of 2 workshop leaders)

Sample video: A Life without Art by Courtney Vizard.

An additional workshop ‘Old Story – New Me’ was conducted in Amsterdam in association with the Netherlands TV archive. (1 of 4 workshop leaders).
The films created by the participants can be viewed here.

Old Story – New Me’ workshop at the Stranger Festival, Amsterdam.


Pollards Hill & Commonside

A short documentary film about the community based around Pollards Hill Community Centre in Merton, South London. The film was part of a project about
‘social cohesion’ within the area of Pollards Hill and interviews with community leaders and community workers were conducted and the activities of the community documented. The film was done in collaboration with the Pollards Hill Community Centre members.


Some video stills from the documentary Pollards Hill & Commonside (30')

Direction, filming and editing: Thorsten Knaub
Producer: Duncan Smith/ACAVA

Burlington Danes Academy: Unplugged

A 12-week project working with a weekly afternoon school group at Burlington Danes Academy to create a short documentary film about the activities at their school and the new building extension being constructed. It included a building site visit and various interviews, e.g. with the schools’ principal and the architect, which were conducted by the pupils.

Video stills from Burlington Danes Academy: Unplugged (14')

Paddington Arts Centre: My Life

A video documentary course held with a group of autistic children at Paddington Arts Centre. The workshop was conducted over a 10-week period with weekly sessions to facilitate the participants to develop an idea, structure and also to edit the own personal short video around the title 'My Life'.
(1 of 2 workshop leaders)

Workshop at Paddington Arts.

The Parc Centre: Peace Project

The workshop consisted of working with from the general school excluded young people. Initially the participants created a 2 or 3 D ‘environment’, which was then combined with video footage of them interacting with their ‘environments’ in front of the green screen. (1 of 2 workshop leaders)

Green-screen set-up, samples of 3-D 'environment' and models.

Short samples of workshop videos   [Click image to play video]

Key Street Projects: Through a Teenageers eyes / Catch Me If You Can

The Key Street projects were an opportunity for young people (13-19 years old) to take part in a week-long performance arts project combining dance, music & film working alongside arts professionals. They created the choreography, music, lyrics and video imagery and explored issues, exam stress, going out and phone mugging through dance, film and music to tell it their way. The project was held in 2003 and 2004.

Through a Teenagers Eyes

Dance/Drama Workshop leaders    Ruth Naylor Smith & Ollie Campbell Smith
Music Workshop Leader               Shaun Dawson (Turtle Key Arts)
Film/edit Workshop leaders          Thorsten Knaub & Matthew Thomas (ACAVA)
Project Management                   Turtle Key Arts
Key Street Project Manager          Debbie Golt (Libraries and Arts Service)

Catch Me If You Can

Dance/Drama Workshop leaders    Charlie Folorunsho (Turtle Key Arts)
Music Workshop Leader               Shaun Dawson (Turtle Key Arts)
Film/edit Workshop leaders          Thorsten Knaub & Matthew Thomas (ACAVA)
Project Management                   Alison King (Turtle Key Arts)
Key Street Project Manager          Debbie Golt (Libraries and Arts Service)

Key Street was managed by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries and Arts Service in partnership with The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Community Education Division. Assisted by workers from West Chelsea Play Space and Chelsea Detached Youth Work Team.

Main funding was provided by LEAP through the Arts Council England, London.

Exam stress, Through a Teenagers Eyes (performance still)                        Catch Me If You Can (performance still)


Digital workshops/ARTlab

Various digital workshops with young people at Community Learning Centre (CLC) Kingwood and the Bridge Academy School, Fulham in association with ACAVA Arts charity. The workshops taught local school children the use of photoshop and its basic use in design processes as well as working around themes of social issues, e.g. ‘school bullying' and creating imagery in response to the urban environment they live in. (1 of 2 workshop leaders)

          Examples of images created in the workshops.



From time to time Thorsten creates documentations of events within the visual and/or performing art context. These documentations can be converted for various formats and archival platforms, e.g. HD video, webfriendly formats and hardcopy versions on DVD discs.

Recent jobs include:

Charity concert documentation and DVD for Folk Music Japan: a celebration of Tohoku at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) in London.

Creating a DVD showreel for the South London Gallery to showcase the gallery and inform about the planned building extension. It involved conducting a couple of short interviews with contemporary artists as well as the design and authoring of the DVD.

Documenting the author talks and events at Pinter & Martin publishers. The talks were by Gabrielle Palmer, Carlos González and Frederick Leboyer.

Producing video documentation of contemporary dance performances in DVD and online formats. Clients included among others Chinatown Arts Space for Dance Now (UK/China) with performances at the Linbury Theatre (Royal Opera House) and Lilian Baylis Theatre (Sadler’s Wells), and Step Out Arts showcase at Greenwich Dance Agency.

Short samples of events documentation - Dance.


Thorsten also likes to make the occasional book, poster or CD cover design.

Recent jobs include creating the CD cover concept, photography and design for the promotional CD Vers L’Aube Enchantée of French flute and guitar duo Emmanuelle Rouaud & Pascal Pacaly.

The book jacket design for Miller, Bukowski & Their Enemies – Essays on Contemporary Culture by Guillermo O'Joyce. Published by Pinter & Martin, London.
as well as the book jacket and theatre poster design for Martin Wagner’s’ play ‘The Agent’ at Old Red Lion Theatre & Trafalgar Studios, London.


Other digital services include producing special subtitles, called soft-titles and operating soft-title projections for cinema screenings of 35mm or 16mm prints. Often screenings of foreign language film prints, which have been never or rarely screened before, use the soft-titling method to make them accessible to a wider audience as no print with burned in subtitles is in existence and the usual laser burn-in process for titles would be destructive of the original film print.

Thorsten provided e.g. soft-titling for the complete Peter Nestler retrospectives at the Goethe Institute and Tate Modern (2012/13) in London and he also provided the soft-titling service for ‘Celluloid Curtain’ - 50 years after the wall, a Film Festival organised by the Goethe Institute and held at Riverside Studios, London.

Clients have included Tate Modern, Goethe Institute, Barbican Centre (e.g. Mexican Film Festival, Portuguese Film Festival), Ciné Lumière (Institute Français), British Film Institute (BFI) in London.

Thorsten creates english soft-titles for films in any language and translations can be arranged if no english subtitle script or dialogue list exists already.

For more detailed information and/or a quote please contact:


Please feel free to drop me a line, whether you need a short campaign video, a longer documentary film or a video or photographic documentation of an event, or just have a general enquiry. I will be happy to try to help and discuss with you the details of your project requirements.

Often my rates are flexible and I can work either to a fixed project fee or daily/hourly rate.
I am looking forward to hear from you.

My contact email is

The freelance work supports my work as as an artist. You can get an overview of my artistic practice
and projects here:

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