The documentary will be released later in 2015.
We have hosted Canadian film crew reFrame Films for filming their documentary "Entre La Paix Et La Guerre" (Between Peace and War) in Istanbul and Ankara. We followed peaceworker Kai Brand Jacobsen with his classes and seminars in Istanbul and Ankara.
The documentary will be released later in 2015.
Filmmaking in Turkey marks it's 100th anniversary in 2014 and it comes with a great surprise.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival with "Winter Sleep" after a longing of 32 years for Turkish Cinema to win the most important award for the 2nd time in history. "The Road" directed by Yilmaz Guney was the only Turkish film to win Golden Palm award from Turkey in 1982.
Turkish Directorate of Cinema took the opportunity to celebrate this anniversary with a promotional campaign both for Turkish audience and foreign filmmaking industry to help increase the attention and investments in Turkish market.
Meanwhile, a nation wide poll to pick the top 100 films in Turkish cinema have been made at yuzyilyuzfilm.gov.tr for people to decide their best and go back the memories. Unfortunately, Ceylan's "Winter Sleep" did not make it to the list as it was released only after the voting started, but the filmmaker is probably more than happy with the success of the film at international stage.
Turkish film production industry keeps the rapid grow as deserved, with numerious production companies offering production services for foreign filmmakers and also with the help of the Turkish audience committed to watch Turkish films in theatre and prefering them over their Hollywood rivals.
Offering production funds to Turkish films and incentives for the projects that are filmed in Turkey, Directorate of Cinema is also doing the job to keep the industry together for the first time.
Our crew organized operations and locations for the 4 days workshop of Italian photography team Diaframmando in Istanbul, Turkey.
We have done production services for an inspirational Istanbul documentary for British Council. Turkish young artists, designers, entrepreneurs as well as life style of Istanbul have been beautfiully captured. The documentary will be released on Dazed & Confused later this year.
Foreign filmmakers who want to do any sort of film shooting in Turkey are required to have filming permit issued by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism: Directorate of Cinema.
You can find more info about filming permit in Turkey in this previous post.
You can directly go to the official webpage of Directorate of Cinema and find the latest information on film permit applications.
Even though the film permit application can be completed online without sending any hard copy documents via post, it still usually takes around 2 weeks to get the paperwork done.
Unfortunately, we sometimes see projects struggling with having enough to submit documents and getting the permits on time, which either have to cancel or postpone the shoot. That is why we recommend starting the process at least 3 weeks before the film crew is entering the country.
Once the project is granted a film permit by the Turkey Directorate of Cinema, the filmmakers have to apply for filming visas in Turkey, which can only be done through the nearest embassy or consulate of Turkey.
Please note that filming visa for Turkey is a special class visa application which can only be issued through the embassies or consulates of Turkey. This class of visa can not be issued at the airports as in the case of tourist visas, which we know is also due to change by 2015.
Latest document requirements for filming visas in Turkey can be found on consulate webpages.
As of August 2014, the documents necessary to apply filming visa are:
1- Passports of the crew
2- Passport sized photo
3- Visa application form
4- Filming permit in Turkey obtained by the Directorate of Cinema
5- A cover letter regarding the content of the shoot and where it is going to be filmed.
6- Bank transaction documents to confirm that the visa fee is paid (the payment methods will change depending on the country.
It is very important to start preparing the visa documents even before the filming permit is obtained, as in some cases, it may take longer time than expected.
Please contact us for more information and help about film permit and filming visas in Turkey.
We have hosted a British film crew to do the factory shoot of Eaton, the worlds biggest hose manufacturer, located 150 km's west of Istanbul.
We have sourced film crew and equipment for Ogilvy UK to cover Great Festival of Creativity, held in Istanbul on 20-22 May, 2014.
We have spent 35 days to film 8 episodes in Istanbul for the Swedish TV show "Pluras Kök".
Plura, Titiyo and Adrian hosted 16 Swedish celebrities at home to cook and sing together.
Pluras Kök: Istanbul will be aired on Swedish TV later this year.
We produced several videos for Vodafone UK sponsored "Vodafone Firsts" campaign to witness opening up of the first pop up restaurant in Istanbul. Films will be released on firsts.com later this year.
We have line produced of Detlef Muss Reisen, Istanbul Episode for VOX TV.
What a guy, Detlef! We are not surprised that he has a big fan base back in Germany.
Turkey episode will be aired later this year.
We are proud to announce that 4 videos out of a dozen we have filmed for Viking Ocean Cruises in Istanbul is aired and ready to see. Check them out now!
We have hosted Elisabeth Real, Zurich based portrait photographer to make pictures of Zurich Insurance Turkey employees in their daily life around Istanbul.
We produced 3 episodes in Istanbul for "Tastes", the decoration and interior design show aired on Qatar TV.
Client: Saint Gobain UK
Production Company: Olaus Roe
DoP: Eric Huyton
Line Producer: Mert Gurel
Our crew did the line producing of one of the biggest brands in India.
Amul, having 65% share in the Indian market, filmed their last TV Commercial in Istanbul, Turkey. Nearly the whole crew, including production, DoP, cast, lighting department, hair & make up artists were hired from Istanbul.
Kailash Pictures of Mumbai, having made more than 2000 commercials in the last 15 years, were amazed by the diversity of filming locations in istanbul and happy working with the local Turkish crew.
The commercial will on air by the middle of April, 2013.
We did the service production for Viking Ocean Cruises promo segments, filmed in Istanbul.
Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Maiden's Tower, Grand Bazaar, Basilica Cistern and Istiklal St. were only some of the locations that were filmed during 5 days.
White Rain Films crew from Seattle, WA did an outstanding job working 16 hours a day to fit all locations to our tight schedule and we were proud to be a part of this hard-working team.
"Mert Gurel is a true pleasure to work with. He's insightful, hard working, responsive and easy to collaborate with, on all levels. If you're planning a shoot in Istanbul, Mert is the guy to contact.
Viking Ocean, the sister company of Viking River Cruises, one of the biggest cruise lines in the world, will be docking at Istanbul by late 2014.
We helped HGTV's popular show House Hunters International filming in Istanbul last week. Due to the snow storm in London, the English crew had to face a flight cancellation and 2 very long delays. Even though the team had to spend 15 hours at Heathrow Airport for Istanbul, dedicated efforts of everyone involved helped filming to work out smoothly but in the end everyone was exhausted!
The episode will witness Vural and Taneya Cifci's house hunt in Istanbul, moving to Turkey all the way from United States.
We have just finished filming for Street Jokes International, aired on Jordan's popular TV channel Ro'ya.
We have spent four days in Beyoglu, Sultanahmet and Aksaray and shot some funny footage for three episodes. "Street Jokes: Istanbul" will be aired in 2 weeks, both on Ro'ya TV and on YouTube.
Applying for filming permit in Turkey is the most common question that we have been receiving over the past few months. For filming in turkey, even though in most cases, there will be different authorities giving their consent for filming in spesific areas, Ministry of Culture and Tourism: Cinema department is the first authority to be contacted. Before we dig deeper, here is a complete checklist available to download. This will save a lot of time.
First step to apply for filming permit in Turkey is to fill the application form which can be downloaded here. The form should be completed and signed by either the producer or the director of the crew. Keep in mind that Cinema department will also request you to send the passport copies of each traveling member in the crew as well as a list of filming equipment (if any) that you plan to bring into the country. You will also be requested to send an additional page signed by the producer stating that a copy of the finished work will be sent to the film office after it's released.
Remember that it is "obligatory to have at least one host who is a citizen of the Turkish Republic" to apply for the filming permission.
The most important part of the application is to be spesific for the content of your shoot in the application form. We witness a lot of delay in the process of permits since the Cinema Department do not easily recognize the intention of the shoot so a lot of emails are shared back and forth, which can cost a lot of time.
When all the documents are ready, they have to be e-mailed to email@example.com, preferably CC'ed with your local fixer in Turkey. The fixer usually has to do a follow up to make sure that the film office received documents without any problems.
You might be asked to correct some missing or unclear points on your applicaton form and once the documents are complete, it usually takes a 7 to 15 days to get the general film permits.
Remember that getting the permit from the Cinema Department is only the first (but of course the most important) step, and often times it will not be the only permission required to shoot on different locations and the authorities will vary depending on the locations.
Applying to local authorities (city directorates of culture and tourism, local municipalitiesi police departments etc.) for specific location permissions will usually take an extra week on top of the 1-2 weeks of general film permits, which can make the whole process sometimes go even up to 3 weeks of paperwork so having enough time looks to be the key here.
If you already have the filming permit in hand, you might also want to check the information about Turkey filming visa. Please contact us if you have questions regarding the filming permissions.
Last week, I was given a very last minute call from Cherry Jordan, the Production Manager of Blakeway Productions to help them fix an interview with Mr. Hossein Mousavian, an Iranian policymaker who has served on Iran’s nuclear diplomacy team in negotiations with the EU.
Only 14 hours before the interview; all the equipment, locations and permits were fixed and everyone was surprised how smoothly the filming all went.
For now, this happens to be my personal best for the last minute works.
War Games will be on air Nov 5th, 2012.
Last month, we had the privilage to offer production services in Istanbul for the tv commercial of Panasonic's new Lumix G5.
London based still life photographer Andy Barter exchanged the calm and controlled environment of his studio for the fast-paced streets of Istanbul to test the capabilities of Lumix G5.
We have spent a week filming long hours in Istanbul and I finally started to see the results.
There is a lot more to come soon.
Today, I have the excitement to finally see some photos of my dear client and friend Marika Dee, in her recent project Deadly Jeans.
Marika contacted me long before she would visit Istanbul to make a photo documentary on the issue of sandblasting in Turkey. We have met the victims of silicosis, diagnosed among most of the "denim workers" who had to work under very unhealthy conditions, until it was strictly banned in 2009.
Unfortunately, silicosis is an incurable and often deadly disease. Even though sandblasting is banned in Turkey, the production moved to some poorer countries, and I believe that Marika's work on the issue is very important to make people aware on the case.
This june, I had the privilage to work with a lovely Canadian documentary team, coming all the way from Montreal to shoot a Turkey episode for their show Le Sexe Autour Du Monde aired on TV5.
We have spent a week together, shooting in İstanbul and İzmir, interviewing a lot of nice people including authors, historians, lovely belly dancers, lgbtt members and their families. At the end of a busy week, I drove the crew from İzmir to Ayvalık to take the boat for Lesbos, Greece. They had to shoot another episode for the show, at the other side of Aegean Sea.
Right after they were back home, i received this lovely letter below.
These people do enjoy their work. The episode we have shot is going to be aired later this year. Looking forward to see the results.
We helped photo journalist Elijah Hurwitz to work on a 3 days story in infamous Tarlabasi of Istanbul.
See the full article and rest of the pictures here.
Photo credits: Elijah Solomon Hurwitz