Rise Above

“All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.” Leo Tolstoy

Writer + Director + Editor (2013)

Two people meet for the first time in strangely uncomfortable circumstances which become clear during their ascent of Saraoreum. They start to talk and share their memories and thoughts about a woman, the guy's girlfriend and also the mother's daughter while they make an ascent of the mountain.  

Please watch the film and let me know what you think!


Shot on Red One, 25mins 44sec

  • Commissioned by the Korean Film Council as a part of the Independent Film Funding programme 2011 
  • Funded by the Jeju Film Commission 2011
  • Shown at Short Film Corner, Festival de Cannes 2012, France
  • Screened at Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival 2013 (Official Competition), Serbia
  • Screened at Riga International Short Film Festival 2013 (International Competition) and Awarded Special Mention, Latvia


        Opening Titles
        Collaboration with Mi Young Cho

        Jeongeun colloaborated with a Korean painter, Mi Young Cho, who is jeongeun's Korean painting teacher and also old friend. For Rise Above, Jeongeun chose a painting for the opening titles, One day wings, 2010. Mi Young's works have focused on the idea of refinement and restriction through drawing of lines. Her emotions can be discovered through the flexible and fine lines. She has tried to discover the essence of feathers flying floating freely in space. And the lightness of existence can be a path to freedom, and also the energy flows without restriction. 

        Opening titles created by Pumkin Creative


        Director/Writer/Editor Jeongeun Choi

        Assistant Director Jisoo Kim

        Producer Yeong Jin Yang

        Director of Cinematography + Camera Operator Whee Soo Han

        Gaffer Uihaeng Lee

        Assistant Camera Byunghee Lee, Soomin Kim

        Sound Recordist Eun Ju Yi

        Production Designer Ja Song

        Makeup Artist and Costume Designer Jisoo Nam

        Music Composer Lucy Claire Thornton

        Sound Designer Yong-kook Kim

        DI Scott Dawkins, Dragon DI

        VFX Jake Lee, Peerless Camera Company


        Bu-seon Kim as Yeongok

        Tae Kyung Oh as Hyeoncheol