Interview with Andrew Pledger (The Knock)

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  1. Could you tell us a bit about your short film “The Knock”? What’s the general plot and idea behind your film?

The plot of The Knock is about a girl who hears a strange knocking noise. She’s not sure where it’s coming from and then she realizes that it is coming from a strange and unexpected place.


  1. What inspired the idea for “The Knock”?

I was looking online one day and I saw an ad for the My Rode Reel 2017 short film contest. Right when I saw it I knew I wanted to enter. I looked at the rules and saw that the film had to be 3 minutes or under. So that was very hard for me because I like developing characters and plot and 3 minutes wasn’t enough. Then I decided I needed to find a very short horror story that I could film in 3 minutes. I looked and looked and found nothing I liked. As I was looking on the Internet I saw a line that said “two sentence horror story.” I clicked it and it brought me to Reddit and the first story I saw was “I woke up to hear a knock on glass. At first, I thought it was the window until I heard it come from the mirror again.”


  1. What would you say is the most unique aspect of your film?


I would say that the most unique aspect in my film is that it takes place in two worlds. The spiritual world and the physical.


  1. What qualities do you think make a great film, and could you give us a few examples of films that you would consider great?

I think a great film consists of relatable characters. If a character isn’t relatable then why would you care if they get in danger. And definitely a believable and good story. If the story isn’t good nothing else matters. And films that I would consider to be great would be Shadow Of A Doubt which is directed by Alfred Hitchcock. I think it’s a great film because it has a very relatable character. The main character is Charlie who is named after her uncle. What makes her relatable is that she’s an ordinary American in an average American family who feels that her life is so routine and boring. And she wants some excitement and I think anyone can relate to feeling that way. Another great film I think is another Hitchcock film which is very underrated is Marnie. Marnie is about a woman that is a kleptomaniac, pathological liar, and has other mental problems. I think Marnie’s character is relatable because she is starving for love and affection and she’ll do anything to get it. I think the story is great because it shows all of her psychological problems and someone helps her found why the way she is and how to heal. It’s a wonderful film about self discovery, healing and forgiveness.


  1. On the opposite end, are there any films you enjoy as guilty pleasures? Movies that aren’t exactly great, but you like watching anyways.

Oh my goodness! Yes! I love watching The Burning which is a Friday The 13th ripoff. It’s about a caretaker of a camp who got burned by some pranksters and comes back to the camp on a killing spree for revenge. Another one I would say is Strait-Jacket which is an old film that stars Joan Crawford. It has a lot of cheesy axe murders, but the ending is shocking.

  1. What advice would you give to someone who wants to create an independent film of their own?

The advice I would give is never give up even if you think you aren’t getting better just keep making films and learn from your mistakes and just enjoy the journey.


  1. Where can we watch “The Knock?

You can find The Knock on YouTube. My YouTube channel is Filmmakingman.


  1. Where can we follow you to learn more about “The Knock” and any projects that you will be working on in the future?

I post about my projects on my Instagram page which is Filmmakingman.


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