BUSAN, Dec.21 (Korea Bizwire) – In the not-so-distant future, the number of movies or videos produced with the support of the ‘Cinema City’, Busan, will exceed 1,000.
The Busan Film Commission announced that it has supported the production of 993 movies and videos over the past 15 years.
This year, a total of 93 videos were shot in Busan, including 38 narrative movies, dramas and commercials. Facilities at the Busan Cinema Complex were used 787 days this year. This is significantly more than last year, when 92 videos were shot and the sets were used for 713 days. Considering the growing demand, the Busan Film Commission expects that the number of videos produced in Busan will exceed 1,000 in January.
Some of the movies that were supported by the Busan Film Commission were box office hits. ‘Ode to My Father’, ‘Assassin’ and ‘Veteran’ all attracted more than 10 million viewers.
In addition, six other films that were shot in Busan, including ‘The Thieves’, ‘ The Attorney’ and ‘Haeundae’ were listed in the ‘Korean box office top 10′.
‘Ode to My Father’ was shot at the Busan Cinema Complex, the Ceramic Art Village, Dadaepo beach and Kukjae market. Accommodations were provided by the city.
‘Assassin’ used the motion control camera at the Busan 3D Production Center and Digital Bay to create Jeon Ji-hyun’s twin sister.
The chase scene at the beginning of ‘Veteran’ was shot at the docks of Sinsundae.
Shooting of overseas TV programs also took place in Busan. Crews from Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Canada and Hong Kong recorded their TV shows or dramas in Busan.
However, some are concerned that the ‘shooting rush’ could cast a negative influence on Busan’s movie/video industry.
If the schedules for the studios in Busan are packed due to the continuing popularity, production companies or crews will turn away and find another place.
Many new studios are being built across the nation, and large studios such as the Oriental Movie Metropolis in Qingdao, China are expected to open soon, and will put a damper on the demand that is currently focused on Busan.
Busan is planning to build a new facility called the Busan Multi-Set at the Ceramic Art Village, but it will take at least five years to finish.
Furthermore, although city officials invested 10 billion won to buy a motion control camera, they do not have a 3D studio.
Officials from the Busan Film Commission point out that the supply is much lower than the current demand, and Busan is desperate to build sets and studios to shoot various videos.
By Francine Jung (firstname.lastname@example.org)