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Film facility breaks ground

Busan's new post-production center wows Korea

The city of Busan broke ground Friday on a new post-production center that officials hope will establish the port city as a regional filmmaking hub.

The $34.4 million, 21,690-square-foot will include facilities for film development, editing, sound recording, CGI, digital intermediate, and other digital processes. The first stage of construction, comprising film development and digital post facilities, will be completed next year, with a full opening scheduled for 2011.

The national government and the city of Busan each will contribute $13 million to the project.

Mayor Hur Nam-sik was present at the groundbreaking ceremony with 500 guests, including Korean Film Council chair An Cheong-sook, Busan Film Commission head Park Kwang-su and veteran film director Im Kwon-taek.

Boosted by the activities of the Busan Film Commission, Korea’s second largest city has emerged as the country’s most active shooting location, playing host to an average 40 productions per year.

The opening of Busan’s first post facilities will for the first time allow for films to remain in the city for the entire length of production.