′Birdie Buddy′: A Promising Pre-Produced Drama
TvN’s Birdie Buddy, which portrays the success of passionate people who pursue their dreams, will come to an end on October 25. The 24-episode drama, which ran for a total of 579 days, left behind three points that the industry should ponder.
While many are beginning to speak out against production conditions of TV dramas in the industry,Birdie Buddy accomplished the feat of securing a year for pre-production and four months for editing.
Having started filming at the end of March in Jeongseon, Gangwon Province, the cast and crew filmed the drama for a year so that the change of four seasons of the beautiful place could be shown in the drama, which is rare in the current environment of filming dramas where a drama is filmed so quickly that it′s a near live-shoot.
In addition, the cast and crew were able to have sufficient time to study characters and storylines, which led to better rsults. More than anything else, the drama can be considered meaningful in that it satisfied the growing tastes of today’s viewers and validated the potential of pre-produced dramas.
The production crew of Birdie Buddy made a bold decision to cast rookies that matched the characters in the original comic of the same name.
The production crew who had already successfully cast Yun Eun Hye and Lee Min Ho as leads for dramas Goong and Boys over Flowers, respectively, when they were rookies, cast UEE and Yoo In Na who were both fairly new actresses at the time.
Later, UEE and Yoo In Na earned the fame from the drama, Ojakgyo Brothers and The Greatest Love, respectively, proving their potentials as rising stars who posses both acting ability and good looks.
Birdie Buddy provided a refreshing feel to viewers who are sick of dramas centered on sensational themes like adultery, love triangle, and betrayal and revenge only designed for raising viewership ratings. Birdie Buddy showed the possibility of diversification of themes with the story of golfers, family and humanism.
Viewers gave a big hand to the drama for its refreshing story and outstanding images, calling it a proof of the evolution of Korean dramas.
Birdie Buddy is set to air in Japan in early 2012. An official from Ponycanyon Korea, which in charge of distributing the drama in Japan, stated, “While hallyu dramas focused on love triangle, adultery, Birdie Buddy is distinguishable from other hallyu dramas as well as Japanese dramas with its refreshing themes and high quality images.”
Starting the beginning of next year, Birdie Buddy will be exported to 10 foreign countries including Japan, the States, and Thailand.
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