South Korea boosts the Entertainment Industry

South Korea boosts the Entertainment Industry

While other countries' entertainment industry is declining, South Korean entertainment industry is thriving. Here are some of the things South Korea is doing that other countries should emulate:

Screen Quota

Foreign films are a huge threat to the local film industry in many countries. The most threatening foreign films are those from Hollywood, which have huge commercial appeal, huge production budget that result in more appealing visuals and greater marketing campaigns. Therefore, domestic films are usually overlooked in favor of those from Hollywood. As movie theaters are interested in revenue, they tend to prioritize these foreign films over local ones.

In Korea, it works differently. In order to protect domestic films, the government imposes a screen quote on theaters in the country, making them screen domestic films for at least 146 days a year. It was a progressive move as they established it in 1963 when they didn't need it yet, but it served to protect the local industry when in 1993 Hollywood's blockbusters started eating away at the domestic industry's market share.

Korean Film Council (KOFIC)

The domestic film industry is also protected by the Korean Film Council, a self-administered body established by the government in 1999. The organization works under the umbrella of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism which appoints nine commissioners in charge of promoting and supporting the South Korean film industry on a national as well as international level.

KOFIC takes pride in supporting the production of indie films. KOFIC believes that with financial support, more unique and experimental films can be produced, diversifying the pool of films in the industry. Funds amounting to USD 1.1 million are available for filmmakers making shorts, features and documentaries.

In terms of support for films that have already screened at theaters, there is a grant which domestic filmmakers can apply to in order to get started for their next film. However, it will depend on the box office success of their previous feature. KOFIC will choose approximately 60 titles that will each be provided with up to USD 70,000.

International Film Festivals

South Korea also has a number of International Film Festival, such as the Pusan International Film Festival, the Jeonju International Film Festival and the largest one, the Busan Film Festival. These film festivals are aimed at different markets but all focused on introducing new films and first-time directors to audiences. The festival also attracts a young audience and helps the production of future films as the festivals bring directors and new talents closer to potential funding sources.

More Liberal Censorship Funding

One of the problems for animation studios is funding. The South Korean government targets this problem by investing a total of 380 billion won on the country's domestic animation and character industries.

Movie Making Courses as Early as Elementary

Instead of waiting till college to learn movie-making skills, in South Korea some schools have invested in equipment to allow teachers teach movie making. This equipment includes actual blue screen technology and rooms with set pieces that can be used for role playing and staging of plays.

Directors, Writers, Editors, Composers and other Production Staff are just as important and Well-Paid as actors.

The South Korean entertainment industry does not ignore people behind the scenes. Unlike other countries, in South Korea, directors, writers, composers, and other production staff are deemed as important as the actors and they earn a considerable amount of money.

Inspiring Quotes by K-Pop artists

Inspiring Quotes by K-Pop artists

If you need some motivation to make it in showbiz or just in life in general, here are some inspirational quotes by famous K-Pop artists.

"All the promises we made in the beginning, did we forget because we were busy? Or are we already too busy forgetting?" - Tablo (from Epik High's Spoiler)

"Don't be trapped in someone else's dream." - V of BTS

"I wasn't born with anything, my weapon is hard work and determination." - Seunghoon of Winner

"I'd rather bend than break." - Kai of EXO (photo kaijexo)

"The more you feel like giving up, the more you can't do that." - Tao of EXO

"I don't believe perfection exists in this world, but there are infinite amount of changes to being close to it." - Daehyun of B.A.P"

"Cry out loud once. Look at the mirror and shake it off. I've cried like that before and others will have times like that too. Cheer up. You are not alone." - Jonghyun of Shinee

"Rather than a hundred words, I believe that you can know someone's heart by looking at their eyes. I think it's enough if I see sincerity and truth in someone's gaze." - Yongguk of B.A.P."

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream; but a dream you dream together is reality." - Yongguk of B.A.P."

"Is this what you call love? With it, it's burden, but without it, you're lonely." - Kang Gary of Leessang

"Rather than taking an easy route, taking a difficult route is more satisfying and interesting. Life is hard at times; life is easy at other times. It zigs zags and spinds round and round, it goes up and down. When all that is done, you'll probably smile and say, ‘I lived a very fun life.'" - Minzy of 2NE1"

"If you were to ask me the reason I tried so hard, there is no reason. Trying as hard as possible is everyone's duty in life." - Rain

"When you laugh, you receive luck" - Onew of SHINee

"The greatest happiness on the stage is when our singing combines with the cheers of the audience." - Seungri of BIGBANG

"Even though the language is different, the music is the same." - Kai of EXO

"I'm going to make you smile so you'll never get bored" - Junho of 2PM

"I want to become a person that won't let my hard work go to waste." - Kang Seungyoon of WINNER

"If you don't give up your hopes and dreams, then there'll always be a good ending." - Minho of SHINee

"It's not okay to make a hurtful comment about people just because they don't reach your own standards." - Amber of f(x)

"When trying to get through the tough times, I just surrender my body to the music and dance." - N of VIXX

"Let's live while doing the things we like." - Oh Sehun of EXO

"What we should really fear is not failure but the heart that is no longer brave enough to ake risks and embrace challenges." - G-Dragon of BINGBANG

Rapper San E apologizes for his behavior

Rapper San E apologizes for his behavior

A recent online post has been published criticizing rapper San E and his manager for their ill-mannered behavior. In response to this post, San E posted a lengthy apology letter via Facebook in hope of defusing the rumors.

In his post, San E apologized for the misunderstanding that arose at the festival and for making fans wait for his performance.

The rapper wrote, "This is the first time something like this happened and I'm not very good with my words.... The things I write below are the truth that I remember and I will only speak the truth. If you read until the end, thank you."

San E continued, "I want to start off by apologizing to the audience who were waiting out in the cold. According to my agency (Brand New Music), they had already informed the reps of Owl Festival that because of a performance before, I would be able to arrive by 12 AM. I was told [by my agency] that this would be okay. And to confirm, my agency reminded them again two days prior [to the festival date] that I would be arriving by 12 AM and asked if there were any issues with it. After calculating the distance and the speed limit, we told the festival reps beforehand that it would be impossible to arrive before 12 AM. The festival reps confirmed and said they will run the event so that there would be no gap until [my] performance."

"In their second written post, it said that Brand New Music had told [the festival reps] on the day of the festival that we would be able to arrive by 11:05 PM. But even when I thought about it, 11:05 PM seemed impossible. It wasn't even 11:10 or 11:15. To think that the agency had irrationally cut down one hour [of traveling time]...... I called my agency multiple times to see if there had been any miscommunication. My agency told me that they had informed the festival that it would be impossible to arrive at that time."

Apart from denying that he had been late without notice, the rapper stated that he was unaware that there were fans waiting just for his performance and that because of his absence, the festival had come to a temporary halt.

He said, "I deeply regret that I wasn't able to perform my whole set for those who just wanted to enjoy the performance regardless of the situation and had to wait. If I had known that there were so many people waiting just for me, I would have canceled the DJ set and would have gone on stage with MR. No matter how many times I think about it, if I knew [how people were waiting], with my personality, I would have just gone up."

San E said he is a professional rapper and as such he takes his performances very seriously. He explained that if he had known about the situation, he would have abandoned his planned DJ set.

He continued, "I'm sure everyone would be the same, but I also take the stage seriously every time I perform. There was not one performance I did half-heartedly, so I've very sensitive before my performances and only want the best from the team that I perform with."

He added regretfully: "I remember very clearly, I was in a very good mood because of the responsive crowd in Gumi. And when I arrived [at the festival], I signed autographs and took pictures with the people inside just like any other time. I read [on the post] that I was screaming and cursing... but from what I remember exactly, other than the normal greeting words, I did not communicate with any of the staff members. I also read that I had my earphones in and was ignoring the staff... The performance and the crowd are the most important so once I arrive and have done my initial greeting, I listen to my music and focus on warming up. And when everything is done, I finish up giving autographs and take pictures with the people. So how can you say I was ignoring..."

He continued explaining that he was only informed about the situation by his manager right before he went on stage, so he felt really bad for the audience and that is why he threw the jacket he was wearing into the crowd, in a way to try and make up for it.

He continued, "In the midst of my performance someone sent in a report and the police came and stopped the performance. I was also bewildered [when this happened] and when I was getting into the car, I asked, 'What is going on?' This was the first time something like this has ever happened. I was angry and firmly told the agency that if they were going to have the performance end like this, then they might as well not have scheduled it."

The rapper then addressed the writer personally and said, "When I read the post, it seemed like rather than communicating with me, the person had gotten mad after having friction with my manager and the DJ. First and foremost, there was a problem and if you had gotten angry because of what happened, I apologize. The things that you have mentioned, I will be more wary of the actions of my team as well as mine. I bow my head once again and apologize for the situation."

ARTLOVER Debut single

ARTLOVER Debut single

Korean Female Rapper "ARTLOVER" unveils debut track "Want U Back" out 2 March 2018

South Korean native and London based K-pop prodigy ARTLOVER has announced the release of her debut single "Want U Back" available on all digital retailers March 2nd.

With a background as a make-up artist serving clients such as ELLE, Vogue and Rankin, it's safe to assume that ARTLOVER has already had her fair share of success. The step from the world of fashion into music might be a small one but non-the less daunting.

"I really wanted my debut single to shine, and I've always thought in terms of music when working with fashion, so it was natural to take this route" the Seoul born singer says.

"Want U Back" is a rap driven Soul Pop gem dressed up in a retro suit about immature love and loss. The single is the result of a collaboration between the singer and the renowned JYP Entertainment producer Tae-Seop Lee (Twice, Day6).

The track is the first single off ARTLOVER'S debut EP due out soom.

Genre: K Pop, Hip Hop

Here's a video of the song