Behind the Camera
Behind the Camera: Why Mr. E. Went to Hollywood
South Korea, 2012, 85 minutes, SD
Behind the Camera Synopsis

Seoul, the present day. Director E J-yong, commissioned to make a promo for a new smartphone, has the idea of making it the world's first film directed remotely via internet link-ups rather than in person on set.


While she is still shooting Im Sang-soo's The Taste of Money, he invites veteran actress Yun Yeo-jeong to take the lead role alongside a cast of other well-known actors. As the cast assembles in the studio, E addresses them on an internet link from Los Angeles, saying he needs the help of all his friends for him to break into Hollywood. The film, How To Fall In Love In Ten Minutes, is to be shot in only two days and will be only 10 minutes long. Some are excited to be part of the experiment, others are more dubious.


As everyone struggles with the process and mounting technical problems, people start listening to E less and less, and an air of mutiny starts to spread through the disgruntled set.



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Reviewed by jeteli
Director EJ Yong scores another mockumentary that will leave the viewers thinking. A peek into the psyche of actors, it's also an ambitious project that requires filming with a group... more
Director EJ Yong scores another mockumentary that will leave the viewers thinking. A peek into the psyche of actors, it's also an ambitious project that requires filming with a group of actors but with a director that's only seen via Skype! For film buffs this would indeed mean a  great challenge, to think that a physically present director encounters a myriad of problems in terms of getting his instructions across more clearly, how much more would it be if actors and director only communicate through a web cam! There are a number of reasons to doubt its effectivity, and topmost of the hindrances would surely be a bad internet connection, among others. Did the succeeded in making the short film? Or did the title of the film, How to Fall in Love in Ten Minutes became How to become Arch-enemies with your actors? You be the judge! This would surely be worth a watch. 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
I found this interesting, creatively unique and somewhat reminds me of a reality game show. A director' s quest to shoot a 10-minute film with no less than a stellar... more
I found this interesting, creatively unique and somewhat reminds me of a reality game show. A director' s quest to shoot a 10-minute film with no less than a stellar cast of known actors while physically absent from the set is a wild but remotely possible idea, at least for director and writer E J-yong.  I find this peculiar but in the end, what I think mattered most was not actually in the probability of the said idea of absentee directing but more so, on the uniqueness of human nature and how each actor reacts to various scenarios and given particular stimulus like technical problems, misunderstandings among actors and director, among others, as basis. Given that the viewers can't actually pinpoint what was real and what was influenced during the film's entirety and documentary-style of presentation,  it's safe to assume that actors were subjected to some kind of looking glass. Viewers see a glimpse of how the actors react, respond and convey their ideas, both positive or negative.  This I think is some kind of experimentation that actually hits a sensitive part, it's some kind of subconscious exposition with some very genuine results. Do check this out guys. 
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Reviewed by sharonmae
Interesting and revolutionary in its own way!  I'd say revolutionary because its director, E J-Yong sure knows how to make his films a class of its own,  a cut above... more
Interesting and revolutionary in its own way!  I'd say revolutionary because its director, E J-Yong sure knows how to make his films a class of its own,  a cut above the rest.  With the popularity of Skype and web conferencing these days, everyone seems to relate to this, in one way or another. But using the internet when directing a movie? Now, this idea sounds quite new and for people on the film industry, this is a topic that  will surely pique their interest.  Personally,  I'd say it's some sort of reality show drama unfolding before the viewers' eyes.  With E J-Yong  famous for  this quite uncoventional styles, ( his film "Actresses") featured the use of ad-lib among the actors) it won't come as a surprise that other future collaborations featuring the latest technological breakthroughs  is just nearby.  So,  was the film done by an absentee director a success? Well, better watch the film to find out!  
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