Chang Wan Kim, a project manager at Samsung Electronics, said his inspiration for making the film could be summed up by one word: ‘Together’.
“We wanted to create a short film that expressed our gratitude to the fans who have always supported us and have stayed ‘together’ during the pandemic,” said Chang Wan Kim.
Inspired by the power of that word, Dong Chul Kim, the director of the film, set out to tell a story that captured the spirit of how we are all going through the same pandemic and meeting the same challenges. He also felt the power of the Exynos team’s message of consolation and gratitude, and saw how it could bring people closer together and remind them that they’re not alone, even when they’re apart.
The result is a heartbreakingly beautiful story that symbolizes our will to overcome this pandemic together, with characters specially created to symbolize the challenges we’re all facing.
“The boss character from the battle scene with our two heroes represents the coronavirus,” related Dong Chul Kim. “I wanted to visualize how we are getting through the pandemic ‘together’. This was achieved by creating a story in which the two worlds mirror each other, so that if the priest revived the warrior in the game world, our gamer would then go help someone else in the real world.”
But the production process was anything but smooth. COVID-19 brought unforeseen difficulties, forcing the team to finish producing the film from home. And to make matters worse, some members of the production team actually contracted COVID-19 during the production process.
“I realized while working on this film how much I miss the times when we would just meet up, share ideas and act out the scenes together,” said the film’s producer, So Young Park.
Despite the setbacks, the team didn’t give up on creating a story and set of characters that would comfort and inspire people.
“We wanted to give the impression that maybe the priest who disappeared from the game could actually be the doctor the boy meets in real life,” said Seo Ki Lee, the film’s art director. “So, we tried to capture the delicate feeling of compassion and the desire to give support that two people feel toward one another. We think younger generations are probably feeling a sense of deprivation while living in this pandemic, but we hope that they’ll get through this tough period and still grow into wonderful adults.”
The film finishes with a hopeful prediction for the future. As the story wraps up, the pandemic has ended, people are returning to their daily lives, and we see new possibilities emerge when the main character gets a smartphone as a gift. But the real gift portrayed by the story is that everyone is reuniting with their loved ones and returning to normal life.
“Maybe that’s the gift everyone really wants this holiday season,” said Dong Chul Kim.
While this brief story ends on a hopeful note for the future, it may leave some viewers asking why Samsung chose to base the story on gaming. Gaming fans, meanwhile, have probably already caught on to the hidden meaning behind the film’s ending.
“We are always working hard to wow our gaming fans,” said Chang Wan Kim. “So, we started out by designing our main character as a gamer. Through this young gamer character, we tried to reflect the current gaming trend of the shift from console to mobile.”
And the Exynos team has revealed that they’re preparing another small gift for fans who love gaming. Early next year, fans can look forward to unwrapping another small but powerful gift from Exynos.