The seminar will deal with the tasks that shouldn’t be left unsolved in each stage of editing. Also, it will introduce external support programs that assist filmmakers in finishing their films systematically. YI Seung-jun, the director of In the Absence, Academy Award nominee for best short documentary, and its producer Gary Byungseok KAM will join to share the process of working with Field of Vision in detail.
Documentary Editing to Completion 6 Steps
Case Study In The Absence
In The Absence< was created thanks to the proposal made by Field of Vision, a non-profit documentary production and distribution organization in the U.S. in 2016. Targeting the overseas audience, In The Absence put a significant effort into the editing process. The editing started in August 2017 and was finally finished in September 2018 after going through several rounds of discussions with its co-producers in the U.S., Field of Vision, to make revisions. Director YI Seung-jun and Field of Vision sent the edits back and forth and shared opinions on parts that are hard to understand from the context or cultural differences. Respecting the co-producers' opinion that showing enraged, wailing families of the victims does not suit the U.S. sentiment, YI boldly edited the shots out, giving a sense of calmness to the overall film.
In The Absence has been well- received around the world: the film won the grand jury prize for short competition in DOC NYC 2018, World Press Photo award for Digital Storytelling, and the Best Short Documentary at AFI Docs festival; was invited to screen at IDFA's Frontlight section; and nominated for Best Short at IDA Award 2019 and Best Documentary Short Subject at the Academy Awards in 2020.
Synopsis │ When the passenger ferry MV Sewol sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014, over three hundred people lost their lives, most of them schoolchildren. Years later, the victims’ families and survivors are still demanding justice from national authorities.
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