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November 4, 2012, 2:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC Korean Studies Institute and School of Cinematic Arts present Director Kim Moon Saeng: Special Dialogue with the Director and Screening of

Wonderful Days (a.k.a. Sky Blue)

Directed by Kim Moon Saeng
Followed by a Q&A with Kim Moon Saeng and panel discussion with SCA Hench-DADA Professor Tom Sito and Designer/Director Peter Chung, moderated by SCA Chair of Critical Studies, Dr. David James.
2:00 - 5:30 P.M. on Sunday, November 4th, 2012
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Kim Moon Saeng is South Korea’s premier animation director. Please join us for a special U.S. screening of the cutting edge animation feature Wonderful Days, with panel discussion to follow.

Event Program:

2:00 P.M.

Welcome by David James (Chair of Critical Studies, USC School Cinematic Arts)
Introduction speech by Director Kim Moon Saeng (5 min)

Screening of Wonderful Days (86 min) a new trailer for Empire of the Ants (5 min)

4:00 - 5:30 P.M.

Panel with Director Kim Moon Saeng, Moderated by David James. Panelists include Tom Sito (Professor, Division of Animation & Digital Arts at the USC School of Cinematic Arts) and Peter Chung (Designer & Director). Followed by a Q&A with the audience.

5:30 P.M.

Reception to follow at the Ahn House, USC Korean Studies Institute

About Wonderful Days (a.k.a Sky Blue)

Wonderful Days (also known as Sky Blue) is a South Korean animated science fiction film, released in 2003, written and directed by Kim Moon Saeng. It features backdrops rendered using photo-realistic computer-generated imagery, comparable to those in the film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, along with the use of highly detailed models for some of the backdrops into which the cel animated characters were then animated. The backgrounds in the film were shot with traditional motion control techniques, then processed to look like CG. The vehicles were all rendered, and the characters were cel animated.

Wonderful Days is set in 2142. Environmental pollution has led to a breakdown of human civilization. A technologically advanced city named Ecoban was built and it harvests energy from the DELOS System, which uses pollution in a carbonite catalyzed reaction to generate power. Carbonite extraction is carried out by people who live outside the city in the surrounding wasteland. Among them is an enigmatic young man known as Shua (Marc Worden). He ends up in a love triangle with his childhood friend, Jay (Cathy Cavadini), and her superior, Ecoban security commander Cade (Kirk Thornton).

The movie deals with environmental destruction, pollution and class struggle.

About the Director

Kim Moon Saeng started his career as a television commercial director within the early childhood nutrition industry in Korea. He was known for his distinctive visuals and creative ideas, which intrigued domestic and international clients within this industry.

Kim focused on using new and creative visual expression through many different types of animation.  He used techniques such as stop motion, rotoscoping, claymation, miniature and cell-in-one before CG was even introduced.

His first feature animation, Wonderful Days, a.k.a Sky Blue, was made with three different animation techniques in one scene: miniature setting, CG VFX, and 2D animation characters. This process became what is known as the “multi-layered animated feature”. It was a very challenging task to achieve in order to express the beautiful, symbolic and poetic scenes that reflect the very sensitive and emotional journey of the characters in Wonderful Days.

After Wonderful Days, he directed a stereoscopic 3D CGI animation called Tree Robo which was exhibited in the Korean Pavilion during the 2005 Iichi Nagoya EXPO in Japan. With its theme of “The Wisdom of Nature”, the visuals and storytelling impressed visitors at the EXPO, making the Korean Pavilion one of the most popular exhibits at the expo.

He is now facing the new challenge of creating a world of ants based on bestselling international French writer Bernard Werber’s novel Empire of the Ants.  The director is creating this “ant world” in a very different point of view from his other animations. It is more realistic, yet fantastic and mysterious—allowing viewers to experience an otherworldly version of Earth.

About the USC Korean Studies Institute (KSI)

The Korean Studies Institute (KSI) at USC encourages understanding of Korea in the USC community and beyond. Focusing on both historical and contemporary issues, the KSI seeks to increase the visibility of Korean studies through its student and faculty support and ambitious public programming.

Located next to Los Angeles' Koreatown - the largest grouping of ethnic Koreans outside of Korea itself - USC has long had a natural interest in Korean studies. USC first taught Korean language in 1942, and since then a number of notable Korean studies scholars have taught at USC. The Korean Studies Institute was established in 1995 to further spur the development of education and research about Korea at USC.

Today the KSI houses ten affiliated faculty members, along with numerous visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows. Along with a Minor Degree in Korean Studies, we teach and support undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in a variety of disciplines dealing with Korea.

We hope that you will visit us soon for one of our many events, projects, and classes.

Visit the Korean Studies Institute Official Website at

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 1:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Elaine Kim
Phone: 213.740.0005