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Meet the 2014 AFI Filmmakers #10: Park Jung-Bum Strives to Keep Long Takes ‘Alive’

Meet the 2014 AFI Filmmakers #10: Park Jung-Bum Strives to Keep Long Takes 'Alive'

Indiewire invited AFI FEST directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them and the challenges they faced. The festival runs until November 13.

Park Jung-Bum’s latest work, “Alive” (also screened at TIFF) pulls at the heartstrings — it’s the story of a blue-collar worker from a small mountain village, and his struggle to provide for loved ones. You may be familar with Park’s directorial debut, “The Journals of Musan,” which was based on real life; that of the director’s college friend, a North Korean refugee. The director spoke to us, sharing the experience of “Alive,” his early career, and the camera he used to shoot his film.

Biggest challenge in completing this project?
“The biggest challenge was to shoot most of the scenes in long takes. To make them one scene/one take in order to express a sense of liveliness like the title of the film.”
Did you crowdfund?
“No I didn’t. The film was financed by an Independent Film Support Fund in Korea.”
What camera did you shoot on?
“We used RED EPIC.”
Advice for first-time filmmakers?
“Despite any kinds of obstacles, never give up. There is happiness waiting for you once you go over the hill”
Did you go to film school?
“I majored Physical Education in my undergraduate course, but did study film at Graduate School of Digital Image and Contents at Dongguk University.”
What films have inspired you?
“Lee Chang-dong’s films inspire me. Among American filmmakers, I respect the works of Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Paul Thomas Anderson.”

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