Bong Joon-ho famously storyboards all of his films before he ever gets behind the camera. When the Oscar-winning director of Parasite gets on set, he doesn’t hand his cast a script, he hands them a collection of detailed storyboards that are more akin to a comic book — a comparison that Bong’s own Okja star Steven Yeun made, describing the “fully bound books” of the storyboards he received like a “manga.”
Bong’s meticulous storyboards are how he was able to shoot the Oscar-winning movie on a tight 77-day production schedule, and it’s how Parasite will so easily transition to becoming a graphic novel with PARASITE: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards.
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I know time has essentially ceased to matter in the quarantine era, but for those of you who still appreciate marking things like anniversaries, Bong Joon-ho‘s Oscar-winning masterpiece Parasite is coming up on the one year anniversary of its premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Neon, the up-and-coming distributor which helped guide the movie to its historic award season run, has released a video celebrating “a year of cinema” and tracking the movie’s incredible journey from Palm d’Or winner to the Oscar afterparty. Read More »
What’s Bong Joon-ho going to do next? How about a musical? The Parasite filmmaker probably has more creative freedom right now than he’s ever had before – winning multiple Oscars will do that – so there’s a good chance he can get any project he desires off the ground. And one of those potential projects is a musical. But as you might expect, a Bong Joon-ho musical is not going to be your average musical.
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Bong Joon-ho, ever the mensch, is using his powers for good. The filmmaker is on everyone’s mind right now thanks to his award-winning Parasite, but rather than rest on his laurels, Bong has decided to highlight 20 up-and-coming filmmakers. I can only imagine how amazing it must feel for these filmmakers to have their work highlighted by one of the best directors around right now. See the list below.
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Hot off its Best Picture win at the Academy Awards, Bong Joon-ho‘s incredible genre-bending social thriller Parasite was given a wide release into 2,000 theaters in the United States, essentially doubling its theatrical reach even though the film has been available on home video since the end of January. But now, the film can be seen in an even bigger and better way: in IMAX. According to a new report, Parasite will be available in select IMAX theaters for one week starting tomorrow. Read More »
Update: In a piece for Variety reflecting on her experience interpreting for Bong Joon-ho over the past several months, Sharon Choi says she is not, in fact, writing a movie about awards season. Here’s an excerpt:
Empathy bridges the gap between the perpetual “others.” And to feel a little less lonely is why I want to be a storyteller. And no, I am not writing a feature on the awards season. This is a deeply personal experience I’ve yet to process, and it will find another time to seep into my stories. The one I am writing about is a small story set in Korea that’s close to my heart because, as director Bong quoted the sincere words of Martin Scorsese, “the personal is the most creative.”
You can read the entire piece here. Our original article follows.
Sharon Choi has been along for Parasite‘s wild ride for months, from it unanimously winning the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival to its historic win at last night’s Academy Awards. The 25-year-old aspiring filmmaker has been serving as Parasite co-writer/director Bong Joon-ho’s interpreter this entire time, and now a new report says that Choi is currently writing a feature length script set during awards season. Count me in. Read More »
Bong Joon-ho doesn’t hand his cast a script – he hands them a comic book. Or more accurately, a book full of the film’s storyboards that the Oscar-winning director meticulously draws himself. Bong has been known for storyboarding all of his movies before he ever gets behind the camera, shooting with a level of precision that is rarely seen in filmmakers today. And no film better shows that precision than Bong’s Best Picture-winning film Parasite.
Bong’s Parasite storyboards show the director envisioned every shot from the beginning, allowing him to shoot in a tight 77-day production. We’ll soon get to see exactly what that vision was with the release of a graphic novel compiling the Parasite storyboards drawn by Bong, some of which have already been teased online ahead of the novel’s May debut. And this being the internet, someone has already whipped up a video comparing Bong’s Parasite storyboards and the final product that made it to the screen. See how Parasite went from storyboards to screen in the video below.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, find out how long shots that appear to resemble single takes, such as the entirety of 1917, are created with seamless visual effects, camera movements, and editing tricks. Plus, watch the Director’s Guild of America‘s feature film symposium with the nominees of the 2020 DGA Awards, and listen to original All That cast members answer some burning questions. Read More »
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#BongHive, assemble! Fresh off the filmmaker’s big Oscar win comes news that Bong Joon-ho‘s Parasite and Memories of Murder are both headed to the Criterion Collection. Parasite, which just won Best Picture, was recently given a pretty bare-bones Blu-ray release, while Memories of Murder has never had a U.S. Blu-ray – until now. Neon, who distributed Parasite, also snapped up the rights to Bong’s 2003 film, and plan on re-releasing it in theaters before it arrives on Blu-ray.
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Parasite was first released in limited theaters all the way back in October 2019 before expanding to a wider release in November. Since then, it’s been kicking around movie theaters as it picked up more and more awards season buzz. Now that the movie has been named Best Picture at the Academy Awards, it’s getting its widest theatrical release yet, with NEON expanding the movie to over 2,000 theaters this weekend, giving everybody a chance to see it on the big screen. Read More »