At the Telegraph, S. F. Said sends another dispatch from the Arctic, where he’s been sitting in on the filming of "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen," the next project from the makers of "Atanarjuat." And while he’s trying to put a nice spin on it, it sounds like the shoot, at this point going on three hours out into the wilderness, is going to hell in a shearling handbasket, even as the footage apparently gets better and better. Mr. Said, just remember, in a survival situation it’s inevitable that they eat the useless journalist first, whatever worth your interviewing skills might have elsewhere.
On the topic of shooting films in cold places, in the Korea Times has an article on "Antarctic Journal (Namguk Ilgi)," an upcoming release in Korea that looks to be a local blockbuster with an international cast and crew. Shot in New Zealand with Bridget Bourke and others who were involved with "Lord of the Rings," the film was directed by Yim Phil-sung and stars, among others, "Oldboy"‘s silkily sadistic villain Yu Ji-tae. The score was composed by Kawai Kenji, best known for the scores to both "Ghost in the Shell" movies. "Antarctic Journal" is a thriller about a group of explorers from Korea attempting to reach the Pole of Inaccessibility, or the point most remote from all coasts of Antarctica.