Prize-Winning Director Shoots New Film On iPhone

Photo: Park Chan-wook at the 2009 Cannes festival

Photo: Park Chan-wook at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival

South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook (known for award-winning movies such as Oldboy and Lady Vengeance) shoots his latest film on his Apple iPhone 4s. Could this be the beginning to a new shift in film? Or just a quick gimic supported by Apple? Via Reuters:

Prize-winning South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s latest film, “Night Fishing,” has created a buzz in his native country — it was filmed using 10 Apple iPhone 4s, three of which he himself controlled.

Park, who won the Cannes Grand Prix in 2004 for “Oldboy,” also directed the 30-minute tale about a fisherman and a female shaman with his brother, Chan-kyong, and said the circumstances of its shooting gave making the film an unusual flavour.

“Movies that I directed before were meticulously planned ahead and shot just as pictured. Compared to that, shooting this film felt free, and everyone had an equal amount of say,” Park told Reuters in an interview at his studio in Goyang, north of Seoul.

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  • http://worldwithinsight.com/ Kyle Greggory

    >> “Movies that I directed before were meticulously planned ahead and shot just as pictured. Compared to that, shooting this film felt free, and everyone had an equal amount of say,” Park told Reuters.

    I could hand 7 crew members 35mm film cameras and give them an equal amount of say in a film’s production. The crew’s freedom has nothing to do with it being an iPhone. Neither does planning.

    Props for trying something new, Mr. Park, but this would be like James Cameron shooting on miniDV. It may seem oddly interesting for a moment, but if he kept at it, ignoring the technology at his fingertips, unless he produced something with truly deep meaning that relied little on the quality of the images on the screen, people would probably just get bored.

    But good luck just the same.

  • KG

    >> “Movies that I directed before were meticulously planned ahead and shot just as pictured. Compared to that, shooting this film felt free, and everyone had an equal amount of say,” Park told Reuters.

    I could hand 7 crew members 35mm film cameras and give them an equal amount of say in a film’s production. The crew’s freedom has nothing to do with it being an iPhone. Neither does planning.

    Props for trying something new, Mr. Park, but this would be like James Cameron shooting on miniDV. It may seem oddly interesting for a moment, but if he kept at it, ignoring the technology at his fingertips, unless he produced something with truly deep meaning that relied little on the quality of the images on the screen, people would probably just get bored.

    But good luck just the same.