SEOUL — The Jeonju Film Commission has opened a new film studio in Jeonju city. Facility in the western part of South Korea comes complete with various services and financial incentives intended to attract international as well as local production companies.
Jeonju Cinema Studio covers an area more than 500,000 square feet including indoor and outdoor studios, with facilities that provide a one-stop production system. Biggest soundstage includes prop rooms, dressing rooms and AV editing suites.
The country is not known to attract large numbers of international shoots, but the JFC has devised a wide range of perks intended to lure local production companies from the dominant Seoul and to a lesser extent Pusan.
Jeonju already boasts South Korea’s No. 2 festival, which runs May 1-9, and it would like to see the film industry establish deeper roots in Jeonju city and Jeollabuk-do province. The program offers discounts on studio rental fees and various in-kind support, which run from $30,000 to a maximum $80,000.
The first film being lensed in Jeonju Cinema Studio is “A Frozen Flower,” a historical drama by helmer Yoo-ha (“A Dirty Carnival”). Pic depicts a love triangle among a king, his wife and a bodyguard; lensing got under way April 16.
JFC also announced that CJ Entertainment’s newly unveiled project “The Aerialist” (Korean title) will be lensed at the studio’s outdoor lot. Produced by Yoo Il-han of CJ Entertainment, pic tells a story of two men who follow an old murder mystery before the period of Japanese colonization.
Hwang Jung-min (“A Man Who Was Superman”) and Ryu Duk-whan (“Like a Virgin”) join the $5 million film helmed by new scripter-director Park Dae-min. Hwang plays a private detective who just wants to earn money and go to the U.S., while Ryu portrays a med student wrongly accused of murder.
The production team will re-create the streets of old Seoul. JFC is providing support in kind worth $30,000, including antique props. Pic will be released later this year by distributor CJ Entertainment.