27 June 2007

Sometimes I Really Hate Blogger

I made a mistake with the chronological order of my posts. And when this happens, even if I save my posts and then try to publish later, in the order that I want them, they will publish them in a preset order anyway.

To start from the begining, readers will have to scroll down and find 'Lulu on set' and then scroll up-sorry!

The movie set for 취화선.

Two photographs that Songsu is proud of.

On the film set for 음란선생 (Erotic Writer). Acutually it is one of my favourite Korean films.

A hole cut in a film poster, inviting you to put your head in it and make yourself look like a numpty, the usual kind of thing...something that Songsu has mastered quite well.

This is the view from the car park. As you can see the surroundings are ideal for filming.

Lulu on Set

Two weekends ago I met one of Songsu's (many) friends for the first time. As it turned out, he is a film set designer, and we were invited by him to join him on his latest film set.

The film set was actually part of a museum ( 남양주종합촬영소) but we saw something that no other visitor is allowed to see: an actual studio housed within the museum. I only needed to spend 10 minutes on set to realise one important thing: even if I had the talent, even if I had the motivation, I could never be involved in the TV or film industry. Why?

1) The place was far too hot from all the lights above us
2) There were dusty wires, cables, rigging and more dust everywhere. If there is one thing that I loath and despise it's wires (oh, and dust).
3) Being the clumsy babo/fool that I am, within 30 seconds of stepping into the fake 'house' I split green tea all over the floor, which Songsu's friend frantically moped up in embarrassment.

That day the actors were taking a rest from a full week of fiming, so it was just the crew editing, moving things around and whatever else that film crews do. However I was swealtering under the lights so I suggested that we eat lunch. Songsu's friend took us to cafeteria where the actors and crew usually eat, and despite the chef cooking everything en mass, it was the most delicious kimchi-jin I have ever tasted.

After lunch Songsu's friend ushered out of the private area and into the museum proper, as he had to continue working...yes that's right. He told me that he works Monday to Saturday (and sometimes Sunday) from 9am to 10pm (but this varies) and that he sleeps in a local Youth Hostel. Perhaps I should add that to my list as to why I should never working in films.

Most of the museum comprised of abandoned fim sets, so we spent most of our time outdoors. We could not use our cameras inside the studio (of course) but we took many photographs outside. The pictures below show us inside the old movie sets.

26 June 2007

Central Park

Songsu and I found this park about a month ago, a 15 minute bus ride away from our home. It is known as Jungang Gongwon/중앙공원 or Central Park. It is a really nice place to relax, cycle or take a walk. Normally there is a tall fountain in the middle of the pond, which would normally disguise the apartment buildings seen in the top photograph. However we did not take the photo at the right moment....perhaps another time.

Actually this park was the inspiration behind us buying a bicycle each, as the park is connected to the river system that runs through Bundang. People can cycle along the river, all the way to Seoul It took us about 1 1/2 to cycle to Seoul, and 2 hours back because I was exhausted from the heat. These days it is monsoon season, and the weather can be debilitating, so we have temporarily lost the will to get on our bikes until the the weather is less humid (maybe September).

22 June 2007

Another Strange Thing In Korea

Songsu and I were on our way to the park when we spotted this gigantic shoe next to the pelican crossing. As it turned out the shoe was actually some kind of moped advertising something. And if that wasn't odd enough, there was a cute doggie chained inside it. Here you can just see his head poking out over the edge of the shoe, looking quite lonely and forlorn. As you can imagine, this spectacle attracted a lot of attention from passersby.