I know I’m risking retribution from El Vez by beating him to the punch on this one, but news this good can’t wait around. You may have been aware of murmurings that South-Korean director Park Chan-wook had shot a 30 minute fantasy film on an iPhone 4. Despite his unquestionable filmmaking skill you may have been dubious and written it off as a gimmick. Well now you can alleviate your fears by taking a look at the trailer, which alone does far from walk you through the plot, so here’s the synopsis:
A fantastical tale that begins with a middle-aged man fishing one afternoon and then, hours later at night, catches the body of a woman. The panicked man tries to undo the intertwined fishing line, but he gets more and more entangled. He faints, then wakes up to find himself in the white clothes that the woman was wearing. The movie’s point of view then shifts to the woman and it becomes a tale of life and death from a traditional Korean point of view.
Whilst this is another example of the democratising power of technology for filmmakers, be aware that alongside his years of experience and considerable talent as a director, Park was financed to the tune of $130,000 by cellular carrier KT and as the behind the scenes film demonstrates used a whole host of kit to augment to iPhone’s capabilities. Still, it is mightly cool to think he used the same camera you film your cat videos with.
MarBelle has a strange compulsion to watch as many films as he can get his hands on and find jobs that give him a legitimate excuse to drill filmmakers about their work. Directors Notes is the latest incarnation of this disorder and so much cheaper than film school. Twitter: @MarBelle