DIRECTORS OF GAIN
Seongho, tell us a bit more about yourself. Where does your desire to be a director come from?
The desire to become a director probably started when I became a college student. Now that I’m in college, I met people who like the same things I like to do, meeting and working with talented people, and I have a dream that ‘Oh, I want to be a successful director with the work I’ve made, so I can go up to the podium, hold the trophy, and say thank you’.
What is your background?
I started editing videos when I was in middle school, and I wanted to be a video editor until I was in high school. However in high school, I had the experience of shooting short films and making small UCCs with my friends for fun, and I gradually realized that I wanted to do videography, and cinematography more professionally instead of editing.
That’s what I did, and now I’m learning more about videography and cinematography and doing it professionally. Of course, I still take pictures as a hobby.
What were your references for Gain?
When I was in the army doing my duty for mandatory military service, I was in a period of depression where I was looking at social media and seeing pictures of my friends on Instagram filming movies, and having fun, and I was like, “Oh, why am I here, I could do what they’re doing, I could be better at it, I want to go out and do that.”
Later, I met and talked to actress for a Nikon photo/video contest, who I originally knew, and she told me that she felt similar emotions when she wasn’t working as an actor.
I put that story together with my own experiences and began to write the script for “Gain”‘s Story, which was back then, for the Nikon contest. This story became the reference for scene 4, where the main character, Gain Lee, receives a call from Hyeonjoo.
As a side note, when I asked the actor to participate in the Nikon Photo/Video Contest at the time, I was told that the pre-production period was too short, so I extended the pre-production period and looked for another actor. That’s how “Gain” with Jungyeon Kim was born.
You won an Honorable Mention for Best Poster at the RED Movie Awards, what does that mean to you?
And a little bit greedy. I’d like to win again for something else. I’m currently working on a documentary. Next time, I would like to be recognized and awarded in the ‘documentary category’ or ‘first time director’ category for this documentary.
How did you work to define the poster?
After settling on a frame from the full shot of Gain looking at the Han River Bridge in scene 5, I started searching for poster references.
I’m not very good at Graphic design, so I ended up just taking the actor’s name, and “A film by ooo,” and adding the title of the movie, along with the Chinese characters. The meaning of Chinese characters are “Beauty of Endurance.”
What do you want people to feel when they see it.
How did you work with the actors, in particular with Jungyeon Kim?
I called him and said, ‘I’ll buy you a meal. I’m making a movie and I need an actor, I need your help’. Thankfully, he agreed, and we got to see him on screen.
except for a script reading, and when she called me to ask any questions she had about film and character Gain, I didn’t give any guidelines to Jungyeon Kim. but she was able to capture the character I envisioned and what I thought Gain Lee would be like.
On film set, I didn’t give her any directions. Rather, I personally held the pan bar of the tripod to set up the shot, gave artistic direction, and gave other technical instructions to the crew. In terms of directing and acting, I didn’t have to worry about anything; she is a great actress, experienced, seasoned, and very imaginative. I hope that through this opportunity, the world will realize that there is a great actress named Jungyeon Kim and that she will get love calls for various works.
Can you tell us about your production method, are you produced or self-produced?
I then posted on the internet community “filmmakers.com” that I was looking for actress. Over 350 actors sent me their resumes and acting videos, and after reviewing them all, I contacted the one who most closely matched the vibe I had in mind, Jungyeon Kim.
In the meantime, I made all the technical preparations, and did a test shoot with a co-director, and the next week, on March 17, 2023, we started shooting and finished shooting in six hours.
What does this mean for the creation of a film?
Do you have an anecdote to share with us in particular?
However, as you know, things happen on set and there were delays. In order to keep our appointment with cafe, we skipped dinner and went straight to the cafe to shoot, and we ended up finishing exactly at the scheduled time.
Afterward, we had refreshments provided by the owner of the cafe and talked about the shoot.
I asked everyone to stay for dinner, but the other crew members said they were tired and wanted to rest at home, and I had to go home from Seoul, so there was a lot of time pressure. I was relieved that we finished on time, but I still feel a lot of regret that I didn’t give them dinner after all.
What is your next project?
I am currently filming a self-documentary about me who plays the flute and my mother. It’s also an assignment for my college class, Documentary Workshop, and should be finished in the next couple of months.