Members of the Cinema and Enterprise Release Planning software development team presented their new package at the Paradise Hotel on Saturday — and explained why they believe it will revolutionize — or at least rationalize — filmmaking in Korea.
Though based on U.S. models, the CINE-ERP package “is fundamentally different,” claimed team member Jin Han, producer for KM Culture. “It combines all the different software needed for planning and executing a film project, from scriptwriting to budgeting, accounting and scheduling.”
Another major difference is that CINE-ERP is online, “allowing filmmakers anywhere in Korea to access it,” Han explained.
The project got under way only last November, under the auspices of the Korean Film
Commission (KOFIC). KOFIC kicked in one half of the project’s $150,000 budget, while the Korean Film Producers Association (KFPA) and Dong Kuk U. each contributed one quarter. Dong Kuk U. professor Cha Seung-jae, who also is chairman of KFPA, is serving as project leader.
The team launched a beta version of the package last month and intends to have a completed version up and running by the end of the year.
“There will upgrades after that,” Han explained. “We also plan to make an English-language version for use in foreign co-productions.”
To access the package, users must first submit an application to its management company, CINE-ERP Service, and pay a fee of $300 per film project.
“That’s cheap when you consider that the average budget of a Korean commercial film is $3 million,” Han said.
The team already has recruited 200 users but the potential, Han believes, is far greater.
“This software is for every type of project, big-budget and small. Korea is a leader in IT — and we are using our IT expertise to become