‘The Sun and the Moon’ Meets Big Production Crisis
MBC’s The Sun and the Moon has met a big ‘live broadcast crisis’.
Producer Kim Do Hoon of The Sun and the Moon tweeted on February 22, ‘Because the strike is going longer than expected, it’s become difficult for us to go through the normal last stages of production starting from this week. These are difficult times, but we hope you understand.’
Production of The Sun and the Moon is mostly outsourced so it isn’t affected by the MBC strike, but as the drama has been given a longer time slot due to the strike, it has met an emergency situation nonetheless. Longer time slots mean less time to film and work on the episodes. The cast and staff must shoot with this type of pressure on them, and the fact that traditional dramas have more restrictions in filming doesn’t help at all.
The ‘live’ crisis can be seen in how the drama rarely airs any previews. The Sun and the Moon has only aired two or three previews of the next episodes including those aired during its first week, and all of the previews came on Wednesdays, when an episode would be airing the following day.
The lack of previews speaks for the tight filming schedules of Korean dramas. The Sun and the Moon actually started off with such concerns, as it failed to air previews from the beginning. The mistakes often found in the drama added to the apprehension of its viewers.
Yun Seung Ah, who plays the role Seol in The Sun and the Moon, said to a question asking for spoilers in the February 16 broadcast of tvN’s enews, “I don’t know because the script isn’t out yet.”
She could’ve just been trying to avoid naggings for more spoilers, but Yun’s answer, “You all know. We’re almost shooting live,” showed that the drama’s situation was no laughing matter.
The Sun and the Moon is based on a bestselling novel of the same title, and is gaining the support of viewers across the country with its viewership ratings close to 40 percent. Whether it will be able to keep up its name as a ‘well-made traditional drama’ is yet to be seen, as even today everyone fights to rush through production.
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