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Korean Academy of Film Arts Trains Future Moviemakers

2009/04/10 | 2385 views |  | Permalink | Source

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The Korean Academy of Film Arts plays a big role in educating and preparing moviemakers for work in the popular Korean film industry.
Now in its 25th year the school has gained an influential reputation after graduating several talented individuals who went on to lead the Korean film renaissance.

[Interview : Park Ki-yong, Executive Director of KAFA] "Over the past 24 years, we have produced around 460 graduates. More than 80 of them have debuted as feature film directors. Currently, most of our graduates are working actively in the film and animation industry".

Heavy emphasis is placed on intense hands-on-training as opposed to the study of film theory.
The students are busy using lighting and photography techniques to transfer a screenplay into a visual work.
The classwork can sometimes be tedious but the students have great drive.

[Reporter : Reporter: Yoo Dal] "This school has established itself as one of the leading centers of film education in Korea. And the students here work very hard, hoping to make a breakthrough as filmmakers".

Students of the Feature Film Advanced Program are shooting a scene for their movie right now.
Filming started in early March but they are already in the final stages.
When completed it will be submitted to both domestic and foreign film festivals.
Film directing and cinematography majors in the Advanced Program are required to produce movies in order to graduate.
The benefit of such an intense curriculum is that it prepares the students well for the field.
Limited budgets and tight filming schedules are difficulties the students have to overcome but they still do excellent work.
Since the keystone project of students at the Korean Academy of Film Arts is to produce a feature-film for screening at theaters the students are very determined.

[Interview : Ryu Hyeong-gi, Advanced Program student] "It's my first feature film so I'm constantly thinking about how I can communicate my thoughts and views most effectively through my movie.

Unlike other film schools in Korea this school features a full production training program giving students a chance to produce original feature films not just shorts.

[Interview : Park Ki-yong, Executive Director of KAFA] "We thought that our previous approach to teaching film production was too limited. After a long period of preparation, we began the advanced program in 2007. The program educates students to produce high-quality feature films and animation works".

Providing opportunities for budding filmmakers who will become leaders of the Korean movie scene is a responsibility that the Korean Academy of Film Arts takes very seriously.
As the school continues to train students to master the craft of moviemaking the rest of us can look forward to seeing the results on the silver screen.
Yoo Dal, Arirang News.

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