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The making of HABITUALISE
Translating between European languages and Korean is difficult. The concepts behind the words are often very different than the way Europeans understand them and indeed how we understand the world.
In recent years some talented Koreans have been able to bridge the gap through the film medium.
One such film to achieve success is Habitualise, which won 5-Stars and Best Creative Use of Sound prize at BIAFF 2013.
We managed a brief interview with its director, Hyun suk Park.
Q: Why did you make the film?
A: This movie is about the home and also I want the audience to think about the space of a house. I really wanted to share the idea of "House."
Q: What inspired it?
A: Actually , my mother really was sick just few years ago, so that made a deep impression on me. And also, I had the hope that I might make a film about the home. Finally those things together helped me to make this film.
Q: What camera and equipment did you use?
A: I used 35mm film camera. In this movie, the image of the film was very important. The atmosphere of the movie was very important. I wanted to present the space as moody, and to do so slowly. Therefore I used film.
Q: Where did you find the people in it?
A: I cast actors who had graduated from college with a movie major. And also I wanted to cast people who presented the same atmospheric qualities as characters in the movie. In addition, the woman who played the mother in the movie was introduced to me by a friend.
Q: What went wrong on the shoot? Something always does so.
A: The thing that I really wanted to change, is the Mise-en-Scene*. Of course, it is the story about a mother and her daughter, but it is also about the space they inhabit. That is why I really wanted to describe more the area around them with better Mise-en-Scene.
Q: Can you tell us a little about the sound on your film?
A: In the movie Habitualise, the most important part is sound. The reason is that I had ideas that the sounds of rain, chatting with mom and her daughter, and few other sounds may express the theme of movie. So I really had worked at the sound part. I am so glad to get the award at the festival.
- Hyun suk Park.
* Critic Brian Henderson called "Mise-en-scène" film criticism's "grand undefined term".
It is generally used to mean everything that appears before the camera and how those things are arranged: composition, sets, props, actors, costumes, and lighting. Those elements can help express a film’s vision by generating a sense of time and space, as well as setting a mood, and sometimes suggesting a character’s state of mind.