At a recent press conference directors from the upcoming season of KBS Drama Specials were on hand to discuss their work. The press conference was held online. In addition to the actors of the relevant works, director Hong Eun-mi of "Drama Special - Modern Girl", director Yoo Kwan-mo of "Drama Special - Crevasse", and director Choi Sang-yeol of "Drama Special - The Joys and Sorrows of Work" were on hand to discuss their dramas.
For Hong Eun-mi ("Drama Special - Modern Girl"), this year's drama specials are her first work as lead director after having work for ten years in assistant positions. Nevertheless, Hong Eun-mi said she wished she had twenty years more experience before attempting the job. Hong Eun-mi also said she appreciated the chance to experiment with new ideas and that the experience gave her ideas for longer form dramas. Hong Eun-mi said she worked hard on her drama specials all year and hoped that many people would watch them.
Yoo Kwan-mo ("Drama Special - Crevasse") said that he believed short dramas to be the most important kind of dramas. He described it as the best place for inexperienced cast and crew members to learn the ropes of television production. Yoo Kwan-mo stated that it was a platform which allowed people to bloom one by one. Yoo Kwan-mo emphasized that he hoped the corporate structure would take this into consideration and be sure to preserve the drama special process.
Choi Sang-yeol ("Drama Special - The Joys and Sorrows of Work") made a note of how many proposed projects for the drama special program never end up being produced. He cited the recent downturn in drama popularity, and expressed thanks for those who continue to support the drama special program. Choi Sang-yeol also likened drama specials to start ups, calling them very meaningful, and said they were not just for giving chances to new directors.
"Drama Special - Modern Girl" aired on November 7th with ratings of 3.1%, which was quite high both for drama specials as well as compared to most current long-form dramas. "Drama Special - Crevasse" will air on November 14th and "Drama Special - The Joys and Sorrows of Work" will air on November 21st. All the drama specials this year are set for the ten thirty evening slot on KBS.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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