The city unveiled its plans as a growing number of artists choose to produce online videos as an alternative to live performances that have been largely suspended during the protracted pandemic. Of the 947 acts selected from the contest held last year by the city government to support artists hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak, 537 opted to change to an online format.
The studio will be equipped with the latest gear that can record ultra-high definition (UHD) 8K videos, as well as a high-tech stage and audio and lighting equipment. The city expects that the studio will be able to produce a wide spectrum of cultural arts and performances, including concerts, dance recitals, traditional Korean music performances, plays, musicals, as well as arts educations, exhibitions, movies, and advertisements.
Seoul will offer the facility to assist artists struggling to secure equipment and those lacking in video production know-how, thereby providing citizens with an opportunity to watch highquality online contents.
The studio will be housed in the currently closed “Namsan Creative Center” after its renovation into a zero-energy building with a working space of 1,966.2 square meters. It will feature studios that can be transformed into live sets and stages, as well as rehearsal rooms, control booths, and post-production video editing workspaces.
“Online performances will become an integral part of the performing arts scene, along with live performances, in a post-COVID-19 era. The city government plans to establish a video production studio so that artists can afford to create quality online contents and to continue to show their ability,” ” said Yoo Yeon-sik, Deputy Mayor for Culture at the city government. He added, “This new studio will not only be a video production facility but also offer comprehensive support for artists to expand their none-face-to-face creative activity and help provide citizens with top-notch performances online”