Today our Words of Wisdom artwork comes from filmmaker Jeongeun Choi…Enjoy!
Describe a bit about yourself and your work?
I am a filmmaker from Seoul, South Korea and currently living in London, where I am nearing the end of my MA at the London Film School. I moved to Europe because I wanted to expand my understanding of film beyond that that I gained in Korea, and also to get closer to European audiences and to see how my ideas would be received, and how they might be better formed to appeal internationally. The UK has a rich film heritage and a reputation for innovation, and so this was my first choice in which to come and develop my career.
My work often looks at relationships between different people, and their behaviours in the type of situations we might find hard to deal with or tend to ignore. I’m especially interested in talking about people whose behaviour doesn’t meet with the expectations of society.
What are your words of wisdom and why?
I grew up in Jeju, which is a volcanic island off the south-west coast of Korea. When I was little, my father used to say that the horizon of the sea is always the same as the level of our eyes, no matter where we are standing. I took this to mean that we simply see what we want to see, and since then, I was fascinated by the different levels of the horizon depending on where my eyes are. Since first being invited to participate in the inaugural W Project in 2011, I pushed myself hard and I achieved what I wanted to achieve. I want to share my words of wisdom with other people who will see what they want to see, and achieve what they want to achieve.
Who is your role-model?
I love Virginia Woolf. When I walk in central London, like Mrs Dalloway does in the novel, I think that I can feel Virginia Woolf and imagine her way of reacting to her surroundings. Her novels and essays are very evocative to me, in terms of her way of describing the character’s emotions and arguing what a woman needs to have and do in her life. She is more than just a feminist, I say!
I am currently working hard on the pre-production of my new short ‘Easy As It Seems’, set to begin shooting in early July this year. The film is a light yet poignant take on the tribulations of co-habiting and flat-packed furniture assembly, and follows a young a couple as they move into a new house and begin the nesting process. I’m interested in looking at private situations that almost everyone will have experienced at some point, but in much greater detail than perhaps we are used to seeing. The intention here is to make an extremely intimate film and to allow the audience to get as close to the characters as possible, without being at all ‘in-your-face’. There will also be some slightly surreal elements to the film, and a theatrical aspect to everything - I want to try to emulate the intimacy you gain from watching a small theatre production and hope to be able to translate aspects of this to the screen.
I am currently hoping to raise the much-needed budget for this film via the crowd-funding website Indiegogo.com. My crew and I are inviting donations from anyone who would like to get involved (donations start at US$10). You can read more about the film and offer your support, financial or otherwise, at http://www.indiegogo.com/EasyAsItSeems