Film School: Parasite (2019)

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A collection of video essays on the craft of Bong Joon Ho’s film.

Parasite (2019) clearly inspired a bunch of filmmakers, film analysts and video essayists, and has spawned a mini film school all its own. Over this series of videos, Thomas Flight and others examine the film as a case study in film pre-production, production and post-production.


Lessons from the Screenplay discusses Parasite‘s “remarkable similarities” to Sunset Blvd (1950):

Just Write‘s Sage Hyden argues How Parasite (And Every Bong Joon-ho Film) Critiques Class:

Pre Production

Thomas Flight looks at how director Bong Joon Ho‘s detailed storyboards were fundamental to the meticulous final film (and which we break down in further detail in their own entry):

Thomas also describes how director Bong Joon Ho had each family’s house built specifically for him to tell his story:


Next, Thomas looks at the ways shot composition and camera movement are used to tell the story and evoke the themes of class division:

In-Depth Cine looks at cinematographer Hong Kyung-Pyo‘s use of framing, perspective and layering to “create a subtle, refined and objective visual approach” to support the telling of the story:


Finally, Thomas sees in Parasite an opportunity to ask “what editing is, and who really does editing in a film“:

Further Viewing

Just for fun, Thomas also decided to see how Parasite would look in black and white:

Parasite inspired many more compelling video responses – here’s a roundup of takes on everything from the technical to the thematic: