Winner of KBS Motion Picture Festival
Two students team up for the short film, 'Passion Has No Age'
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The award ceremony of the 13th KBS Motion Picture Festival was held on October 21st to announce the winners of full-length and short films. The festival, which involved the preliminary round and the media education workshop, was a long-lasting event that began in May and ended in October. Lee Hyun-woo and Min Jeong-eun (both in the Department of Media and Communications, 2nd year) teamed up to create a short film which won the Grand Prize in the university student sector.
Their winning short film was titled Passion Has No Age, and it portrayed the story of aged people stepping over the limits of age within the society. In the scenes, there is an aged man and a woman who each enthusiastically participate in an activity: dancing and playing the guitar. Just like any typical college student, the two elders give a genuine expression of what passion is all about- minus the age.
Q1. Congratulations on wining the prize! How do you feel about it?
Lee: After we received the prize, I was still confused about whether we really did win it. Now, the joy gets more abundant each time I think back on the award ceremony.
Min: Our realistic goal was to just pass the preliminary rounds, but after winning the award, I thought it was a dream for about a week. Through this wonderful experience, I hope to have instill more confidence in producing better projects in the future.
Q2. Can you tell the readers about the short film, Passion Has No Age?
Min: Our current generation of people tend to consider aging as a incompetent process, trying helplessly to avoid it in all possible ways. In contrast to this idea, this short film tries to encourage the notion that aging is not that bad. Like the elders in the film, when you passionately pursue various activities, like art and sports, aging can be charming unlike presumed notions of thought. That is the simple message that we wanted to portray through our 2-minute film.
Q3. What was the filmmaking process like?
Lee: I saw the poster of the festival on a school bulletin board and instantly, it reminded me of Min because I knew her to be skillful in producing motion pictures. That is how we got together to form a team to participate in the festival. Also, the storyline of the film came to us coincidentally after watching a online video of an aged man dancing on a street. That was the start of our film.
Min: The entire process of casting to finalizing the film took us about three weeks in total. Once the casting was completed, we already had a set concept and technique we wanted to use to video the scenes. We had to use a tool that could slide along with a camera like a handcart, and Lee contributed a lot to the editing process. I feel that we worked well together as a team because our strengths covered each other’s weaknesses.
Q4. Did you have any difficulties in creating the film?
Lee: Casting was the toughest part of the entire process. We wanted to cast an aged man who appeared in the online video Min and I watched, but he rejected our request. So I had to take a long trip to his house to talk to him in person. Searching for his house was a problem, but what’s more was that it was too late by the time I reached the place. I thought of giving up and finding a replacement, but thankfully, Min spent some time calling and persuading him to be in the film.
Q5. How were university studies helpful in producing the film?
Lee: Because our major is Media and Communication, most of our classes and lectures center around the basic theories of filming and video editing. I didn't know anything about filmmaking when I first entered the school. Now, thanks to the professors, I am able to produce some quality films.
Min: In addition to the school classes, we are also involved in the school department’s Motion Picture Society. I am currently the president of the Creation of Motion Picture and Sound Society. The society helps the members to improve the practical sides of filmmaking. We share our thoughts on the techniques of filming and actually produce videos together as a group.
Q6. What are some tips for students who are interested in creating a film like you have done?
Lee: I have seen some awesome videos that have failed to go past the preliminary rounds of the festival. From that, I learned that good films are not all about the quality of filming itself but about the story that lies within the video.
Min: For those who are preparing for a competition, I would recommend them to understand what kind of motion pictures that the competition itself is looking for. Also, it is important to consider how the message of the film is delivered to the viewers.
Q7. Can you tell the readers about your plans in the future?
Lee: Right now, I want to focus on improving my skills in filmmaking by participating in the school filming society. I think having more experience in motion pictures will benefit me in the future. I am also thinking about applying for the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) because I need to go to the military. That, too, will be a great experience for me.
Min: Like Lee, I will continue to study filmmaking by watching various films made by different people with distinct messages. I also want to take a double major in Theater and Arts to learn professional film and producing.
Due to copyright protection, the film cannot be posted on the article. However, the winning film will be screened on November 10 on the KBS1 channel at 3 p.m.
Park Min-young firstname.lastname@example.org
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