Winning the Grand Prize on the Way Back Home
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As an attempt to promote and publicize the film culture of the city and to communicate with the citizens, Busan has been hosting the Media Contents Contest Exhibit since 2002. Marking the 15th this year, Busan opened another contest with the theme 'Oh My Busan! My One and Only Busan' with hopes of seeing the city in unique and idiosyncratic perspectives of each contestant. Winning the Grand Prize, the collaborative film work by Lee Sang-kyun (Department of Journalism and Broadcasting, HYU ERICA, '14) and Lee Jin-soo (Department of Journalism and Broadcasting, HYU ERICA, 4th year) titled 'The Decisive Moment I’ve sought', received positive comments from the judges. The contest was open from June 10th to September 9th and the awards ceremony was held on October 21th. (https://youtu.be/X1vMC7LB0TI)
Killing Two Birds with One Stone
With great interest in making films, both Sang-kyun and Jin-soo individually had a hobby of producing video clips, holding several records of winning prizes in other contests in the past. Their interest and hobby sure was of great help and acted as a catalyst toward their prize-winning path. The inspiration for their piece seems fascinating: a poet, Kim Min-joon (Journalism and Broadcasting, ERICA Campus, ’16). The entire film is devoted to a traveling story of the poet, where he gets inspired by every little thing he encounters in Busan during his journey for his poem. Kim and the two Hanyangians’ travels to a lot of unknown yet charming places in Busan, especially inland areas far from the well-known tourist attraction, adds to the video’s outstanding characteristic. It was even hard for them to pick the best or the most memorable place because all of them were marvelous.
The title 'The Decisive Moment I’ve sought' signifies the value of every moment in life and all the little things that motivate one to do great things. This is how the video was produced all together, as both contestants traveled every inch of the city with Kim, the poet, and instantaneously became inspired by the beauty they captured at each moment. The concluding line of the poem in the video reads: “Every place you run into becomes your inspirational source- this is Busan.”
“We were very excited to participate in this contest because it also meant something else. It gave us the reason and opportunity to explore Busan and experience the true beauty of it. It was unfortunate that we couldn’t manage to include every single scene we witnessed in the video, but we are extremely pleased with the result. The process of making this film was surely laborious and exhausting, but at the same time, we really enjoyed ourselves,” remarked Lee. It took them four days to film all the necessary scenes and three days to connect them to produce the whole video. Regarding this year’s success as another stepping-stone, both Lee are planning to set further challenges for themselves and produce more films. Their trip to Busan was a big success in that it was both enjoyable and fruitful: although their main purpose of exploring Busan was to participate in the contest, the journey itself became a trip.
More Film-Making in the Future
Not everything went as they wished during their trip. The weather was inclemently hot, and the lack of fresh ideas hindered them from progressing. Faults were also discovered while editing. They were even faced by uneasy anxiety as they were not guaranteed to get a tangible result, despite all their effort and investment. However, all these factors turned into a worthwhile effort when they were awarded with the grand prize. “The judges complimented on the deep, inherent meaning, which made our work stand out. There were many other competent works to be considered as winning candidates, but the storyline relating to the poet of our video enticed them to pick ours instead of the others,” explained Lee.
As proven by their interest and achievements, their career path is heading toward making more films. Both Sang-kyun and Jin-soo plan to participate in more film-making contests and build their career, taking every chance and opportunity they see. Jin-soo, who is a senior, is specifically looking forward to becoming a professional video producer while being willing to participate in more contests in the future.
Jeon Chae-yun firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Moon Ha-na
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