Posted on Dec 1, 2017

Seoul Based DOP Shoots Short Film Cold Summer for Director Namhui Park

Nestled in the vibrant heart of Seoul, the short film Cold Summer comes to life through the lens of a dedicated Director of Photography (DOP) based in Seoul. In 2013, I had the privilege of collaborating with director Namhui Park. Together with her I contributed to the evocative cinematography that defines this powerful short film.

Evolution of Filmmaking Technology

Over the past four years, Cold Summer has become a testament to the evolution of independent filmmaking technology. The filmmaker shot the entire film on the Canon 5D MK III, using vintage Nikon Ai-s prime lenses. This way the film captures the simplicity and raw beauty of its equipment. With the use of handheld stabilizers and wide-angle lenses we ensured a consistent focus. This gives a unique perspective on the struggles of a young girl and her mother in the slums of Seoul.

Overcoming Technological Limitations

Despite the limitations of the equipment, Cold Summer transcends technological constraints, boasting a strong visual language with powerful mood-driven shots within a unique environment of the metropolis Seoul. As a Seoul-based Director of Photography, my focus was on capturing the essence of the narrative. Therefore we had to navigate the challenges with creativity and skill.

The Collaborative Narrative

Cold Summer is a story about a young girl, who has to deal with her absent minded and suicidal mother. Together they live in a tiny space in the slums of Seoul. A past tragic incident, in which the mother’s husband died and found guilty of having an affair with another woman, causes the mother’s depression. One day, the same woman seeks out the mother to free her child from the circumstances she is trapped in.

Sales & Distribution

For those eager to explore Cold Summer’s emotional depths and visual storytelling, inquiries regarding sales and distribution re-directed yourself to Seoul based Indiestory.