- Bong Joon-ho's Parasite has been a box office success even in limited release, and is sure to be up for plenty of statues this award season. But if you've seen the film, it may surprise you to know that all of the sets were built completely from scratch.
- The houses of both families featured in the film were built on outdoor lots to unique specifications.
- The Park house was created from descriptions of blocking laid out in the script, with consideration for cameras and the lighting at certain times of day, as well as the fact that it was supposed to be designed by an architect.
- The Kim apartment was designed based on a house that the production designer Lee Ha Jun had lived in when he was in college, and is situated as it is to represent their station in life.
- Even the neighborhood that the Kim family lives in was built for the film [Spoiler (click to open)]because of the need to completely flood it with a rainstorm. It took months to find and gather all of the materials to create the neighborhood, which is based on similar-looking neighborhoods in Korea.
- The design of each set was very carefully considered, with each set piece reinforcing the themes present in the film.
- DON'T READ THE FULL ARTICLE UNLESS YOU'VE ALREADY SEEN THE FILM. If you have seen it, check it out for concept designs and set photos.
If you haven't seen Parasite yet, I'd recommend skipping the comments here, because idk how you'd discuss this topic without spoiling certain elements of the film!