We had the good fortune of connecting with Dongjun Kim and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dongjun, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I have been working for filmmaking as a director and producer for several years. As you know, the film director has a ton of responsibilities to lead the project into a success. I had a great deal of experience reading the production team. Filmmaking is exactly teamwork so the director must be trained to handle unexpected happening and deadlock in the production process. I’d learned proactive attitude and leadership from my bosses when I was an assistant director. It was hugely helpful to get this character by supporting directors and supervisors. I am sure the various experience in the job will make the expert of risk-taking.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
what you are most proud of or excited about. I have a special experience that has been addressed me as an artist. One thing that inspires me to create art is how it makes my heart pound. This effect it has on me physiologically impacts me most when I am immersed in art. I always give 100% to any art project that I indulge in. I have a passion for art and creating art gives me great satisfaction. I like to break the mold and try things that are not traditional. Without art, I find life to be banal and vapid. Creating art is what makes me stand out from the crowd. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? I was an international student from South Korea when I came to the US, and after I graduated from school, it wasn’t easy for me to be a filmmaker and technical artist in the film industry. Even though I had work experience of over 10 years as the filmmaker and producing video content in South Korea, people might underestimate my work qualification. And, English is my second language so that there was a language barrier to appear my specialties to the people. However, I had more opportunities to put my skills into personal projects. Only the way to break through this was to keep working on my project with the passion for making cool stuff. What do you want the world to know about you. My plan for the future is that I will keep working on my film and try to make it a masterpiece every time. One day, I hope to stand on the stage of Oscar. Then I would be remembered as the great creator by the world.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite places in LA are beaches and ocean areas because I love surfing and nature. I would show the friend from the south bay to the north bay. The first day is a healing driving course in Palos Valdes(PV). There are Point Vicent Lighthouse, Lunada bay, RAT(Right After Torrance) beach, and PV hiking trails. Before I head there, I would have a simple brunch at Pancake house in Redondo beach. As for lunch, I would go to one of my favorite burger restaurants. The name is Stand Room Restaurant, and I want to order the NAPOLEON for my friend which is a huge fat burger. I may pick up the food and bring it to Los Arboles Rocketship Park in Torrance. The second day is the Manhattan beach. We may try surfing at El Porto where is the famous surfing spot in California. There is a surfboard rental place on the beach so it would be easy to dive in the water and experience surfing in LA. The third day is a concept of California. Walking in Venice canal and skateboarding at Venice beach at sunset may be the genuineness of LA. Rutts Hwaiian Cafe would be my choice for lunch near Venice Beach. The fourth day is to go to Los Angeles County Museum of Art(LACMA) and Santa Monica. It will be fun to check the American contemporary arts at LACMA. The fifth day is also for a beach day in Malibu. Topanga is the locals love a small cozy beach in Malibu, and it’s also one of the popular surfing spots in California. I may sit on the sand and read a book or chat by watching surfers there. Sometimes, you can see Pro surfers at Topanga.Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to talk about people in graduate school. When I was in BFA, my major was fine art, and I worked with fundamental art skills so it was difficult to access the technical area if I reified my creative idea into the material or image. For that reason, I learned a lot in the class at SVA(School of Visual Arts) MFA Computer Arts. I took plenty of technical classes such as computer graphic tools and 3D animation. In the end, the technologies help me to break the limited expressiveness for the creative concept. Furthermore, there were great faculties and staff. I was lucky to have them as mentors. I could make my first animated short film which got awarded and screened at numerous film festivals in the world.

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