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How I Made It: Ambience (2021)

Ambience (2021) explores things that arise from the unconscious.

In the film, Mihyeon works as a recording engineer in the film industry and the director instructs Mihyeon to record the sound of space.

11 Mins | Korean | Thriller | 2021 | South Korea

In its persistent mission and zeal to promote good cinema, Diorama brings you the experience of the Director of the film - Shingyu Kang

What inspired you to venture into short filmmaking? I have loved watching movies since childhood. I always imagined making my own movies. And while studying how to make movies, I naturally started making short films.

What was your background before making this film? This film was made during the film production practice course at Seoul Institute of the Arts. I was chosen to be a film director in that class, so I could make a film.

What was the starting point for you of deciding to make this film?

I studied film and photography. I am also active as a photographer. I naturally came to visit many places to take pictures. In particular, I visited the ruins a lot. In the process, some of the ideas were taken from stories I had actually experienced.

Why this subject matter for your film?

This film expresses emotions in the realm of the unconscious. Many people in the world are poor. And their subconscious is always confused. I wanted to express that feeling through a movie.

Where did you find this story for this film?

I mostly always bring movie stories from my experience. In the past, I have experienced financial hardship. And at that time, I always had nightmares. In that dream, I was chased and had to hide, and I was miserable. I expressed it as a short film.

What were the challenges you faced in making the film?

When I was filming my short film, the weather in Korea was quite hot during the summer. The heat was so hard. Also, the sound of cicada was quite loud, so there were many errors in the sound.

Making short films on a zero or a low budget is a common practice for most short filmmakers around the world. Do you think it affects the quality of production? What would you suggest to first-time short filmmakers on a budget to ensure a good enough production quality?

I think funds are undeniably important in film production. Because filmmakers can be given more freedom of expression. But I don't think simply securing a lot of funds makes a good movie. Because it can come up with unique ideas that only low-budget films can have.

Did you face any problems in releasing or distributing the film? Do you think short filmmakers today have a marketplace to showcase and sell their works?

Currently, various universities and government film institutions in Korea are helping with film distribution. In addition, various showcases exist because various Korean international film festivals are connected through a vast communication network.

So I had no problems with film distribution. However, I do not know if there are many such systems in various countries internationally.

How do you think filmmakers like you can overcome common challenges like finance and distribution?

I think the most important thing is education. Most young film directors are ignorant of film distribution and finance. There should be many film festivals under the leadership of government agencies that can inform this. Film festivals should have a system that is responsible not only for the success of the festival, but also for the education of filmmakers participating in the festival.

Any other interesting facts about this film that you may like to cover, any experiment you did, or style? When I was shooting this movie, I had a promise I wanted to keep. That is, we only shoot 7 hours a day. And I kept that promise while shooting the movie for two days.

What would you advice filmmakers making a short film for the first time?

I hope you don't get too stressed out. I think the process of making a short film is a study. Because studying what I love is so much fun. So make sure you have fun too!

Film Poster - Ambience (2021)

How to Reach the Director

Shingyu Kang is a photographer and film director in South Korea.

After majoring in film directing at Seoul Institute of the Arts, He has won awards or competed at several international and South Korea national film festivals, and has exhibited photography in various venues.

He has been working with Film and photography for a long time, believing he can create powerful messages in images by combining nature, humans, and the placement of objects.


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