[EVENT] Interview with Asian American Film Lab

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Asian American Film Lab interviewed Director Kiyun Sung as part of their "What's Your Story" project; highlighting the works and voices of new filmmakers. In this interview, Kiyun discusses his background, the role of race and gender in his work, advice for new filmmakers, and more!

What are the most challenging and most rewarding aspects of your work and why?

The most challenging aspect of my work is finding multilingual talent that can also do specific accents and dialects. For example, in one of my projects, there were Korean characters that spoke in a much older style of Korean (사극톤). Consequently, I had to do a more extensive casting process to find talent that could comfortably perform and speak in that style.
However, the most rewarding aspect is being able to work alongside extremely talented people in both cast and crew. I am always blown away by the immense passion and dedication that people bring, and I am always thankful that I am able to work with such individuals.

What is the single most fun moment you've experienced in the entertainment industry?

In the course of filming one of my projects, we were on-location and our art director was pinning up the flag of the Joseon Dynasty. I had just briefly stepped out to talk to my co-producer when the location owner came by to look around. He asked our assistant director about the flag, to which he (accidentally) responded that it was the flag of a reunified Korea.

What are the most sage words of advice you can offer to new and emerging filmmakers?

I would advise new and emerging filmmakers to open themselves to the social sciences and history; to learn the historical and social processes that have come to shape the human experience and form the diverse array of cultures and nations that we see today. But perhaps more importantly, it is from these processes that we - as a species - have come to develop stories and by learning them, your work can resonate with audiences across the globe.

Read the full interview here!


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