A Scene-By-Scene <Mr. Sunshine>
ERICA students' publish story behind <A Study on the Storytelling Strategy of <Mr. Sunshine>>
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In the summer of 2018, there was a drama that everyone was talking about: Mr. Sunshine. Meanwhile, the show's absorbing storytelling particularly inspired Professor Park Ki-soo (Department of Digital Culture and Contents, ERICA) and his students to start a new class project. At the end of last semester, their work has finally unveiled: a minute-by-minute analysis of the storytelling strategy of Mr. Sunshine. The class had successfully come to an end with high praise from professionals in the field, and their work was remarkable in that it was an exemplary case of an IC-PBL (Industry Coupled-Problem Based Learning) class, even receiving the chance of being published as a book.
The beginning of the project
Park always thought theoretical lectures were hardly enough to truly learn about storytelling. For this reason, he switched the existing class (Storytelling Analysis of Cultural Contents) into an IC-PBL class last semester, which emphasized students' interaction with the actual field. Park organized a collaboration between students and Studio Dragon Corporation (the production company of Mr. Sunshine) with a plan to analyze the storytelling strategy of Mr. Sunshine.
The 25 students of the course who were divided into six teams, were the lucky seizers of the opportunity. During the fall semester of 2018, students took theoretical online lectures, after which, with seven mentors (students in master’s course), they participated in group projects. “We divided the storytelling aspects into genre, intertextuality, music, time structure, character, dialogue, and original sound track (OST). Each team took charge of analyzing one aspect,” explained Park. The total 22 episodes and 1680 minutes was examined scene by scene and theme by theme. The semester-long research was presented in front of a field experts for feedback.
The hard work
Students participated with overwhelming enthusiasm. Park Da-hye (Department of Digital Culture and Contents, 2nd year) says her team, in charge of the OST, compared how each song was used to complement the scene. “OSTs are barely audible, and one song has many different variations. I’ve watched each episode at least 10 times,” said Park as she explained the procedure.
In an attempt to create something of their own, the whole project was written by the students themselves, with the cover personally designed by the master’s students. The final outcome was a book, written, edited, and designed solely by the students themselves. Professor Park called it “a book where lives the breath of students.”
High praise, fruitful outcome, and successful ending
Their hard work was highly praised by industry professionals. The analysis of the OST drew reactions full of admiration. Character and time structure analyses even brought up discussions about a new business.
Students were also highly satisfied with the new learning. Park Da-hye recalled the sleepless nights with her friends, seniors, and professor as having been hard but mostly rewarding. Oh Seo-hyeon (Department of Digital Culture and Contents, Master’s program) agreed. “Previously, the analysis was quite general and students did not gain as much from the class. Focusing on one specific aspect this time really allowed them to grasp deep knowledge.”
The class also set a good example of IC-PBL adopted in a liberal arts class. IC-PBL classes, mainly focusing on students’ active participation, has many benefits but has been used less for liberal arts classes compared to natural science classes. This achievement showed an exemplary case of IC-PBL well-adopted to a liberal arts class.
Professor Park says the class will continue this way. Despite the hardships, he and his students believe they were all able to achieve a lot. “There is no memory which you do not internalize. This means one remembers only when it is visualized and actualized. The making of this book will stay in the memories of our students, and it will become their strength in the future,” says Park Ki-soo.
Lim Ji-woo email@example.com
Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon
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