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Storyboard to Screen: ‘Parasite’ and the Montage Scene

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Storyboard to Screen: ‘Parasite’ and the Montage Scene

“Parasite” celebrated its one-year anniversary by releasing a graphic novel.

Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” has been winning awards and making history since its premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it became the first South Korean film to win the Palme d’Or. If you’ve seen the film, this will come as no surprise.  “Parasite” is phenomenal. Bong Joon-ho’s terrific writing and masterful direction earned him Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards, making “Parasite” the most-awarded film of the night.

Earlier this year, “Parasite” celebrated its one-year anniversary by releasing “Parasite: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards.”  This vital collectible for “Parasite” fans shows Bong Joon-ho’s hand-drawn illustrations for the Oscar-winning film’s each and every shot.

“The storyboards show in great detail how the shots will be constructed. They can be shot exactly as drawn and serve as valuable blueprints for the crew members. The finished film never deviates far from the storyboards, and this allows the crew to trust the process,” wrote Bong Joon-ho in the graphic novel’s foreword.  

In the video above by Through the Viewfinder, we’re given a side-by-side comparison of the storyboards and final product of one of my favorite scenes in “Parasite.” Check it out to see the differences and similarities between Bong’s initial visualization and the mind-blowing end result.

“Parasite” is streaming on Hulu. “Parasite: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards” can be bought here.

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