Korean film director Chan-wook Park of Oldboy fame makes An Entire Movie on his iPhone – for some reason

i don’t generally find gimmicky films and videos all that intriguing, but when it’s the director of the incredibly disturbing 2003 film Oldboy, my interest peaks a bit. South Korean director Chan-wook Park has shot a thirty-minute long short-ish film on his iPhone 4. titled Paranmanjang, which translates to ‘Ups and Downs’, Park says that the fantasy/horror film follows a man as he transcends his current and former lives. “From hunting for a film location, shooting auditions, to doing a documentary on the filming process, everything was shot with the iPhone 4,” Park said. “We went through all the same film-making processes except that the camera was small.” no word on if the director also used iMovie to edit, nor as to why exactly he would choose thematically to use the somewhat middling capabilities of an iPhone (H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second) over a professional camera. (oh wait! the $130,000 financial backing came from wireless operator KT Corp., who is a distributor for the iPhone in South Korea. what a coincidence!) regardless, initial feedback on the quality of the film has been good. it will be screened in Korean theaters this month. you can read more about it at the Wall Street Journal here.

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