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Why we have been so quiet

Published on June 12, 2013, by in Kara the film.

About three weeks ago, we came back from the Cannes Film Festival, excited to report on our progress and the positive feedback we received to our Kara teaser. On May 28th, our eyes turned to Istanbul, Turkey. What started out as a peaceful sit-in at a small park in the heart of Istanbul, had met

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Yesilcam – Setup

Published on April 23, 2013, by in Kara the film, Shoot.

Final touch up in the studio before the shoot.  

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Yesilcam – Colours

Susanna Jerger, as always, did a really nice job on this set with the colours especially in capturing the richness and dreamy quality of the colours of the inspirational. By adding multiple layers of paint and pencil work, she achieved very dense yet subtle textures.  

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Yesilcam – The street with cobblestones

The face of Yesilcam Street has changed in the last years drastically – and not for the better unfortunately. But we’re nostalgic people – we’re sticking to the good old days and taking inspiration from the first times we visited the street.  

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Yesilcam – chimneys, tiles and airconditioners

The Yesilcam Street set lives from the incredible attention our set builders gave to its many – many! – details. And they never grew tired of being asked to avoid right angles and exact parallels – without getting wobbly or amorphous shapes.  

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Yesilcam – the first building blocks

A pretty solid wooden construction was built for the houses to ensure that the set would not shift or shake – especially since we knew that during the shoot parts – roofs or single houses  - would have to be removed mid-shot and reattached later several times. Preferably without causing major set shifts.  

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Yesilcam – how we started

We had an inspirational design, a sketch and then glued and taped together another analogue blocking.

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Yesilcam – building Kara´s street

Now that everything is “done” (which of course still is not…), we finally get around to putting together more pictures from the set-building process. Our most complex set – both in building and shooting – is the set of Yesilcam Street, Kara´s street. This street is based on a real location – except for the

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And as for the light…

Published on February 7, 2013, by in Kara the film, Shoot.

… here is a test picture fresh from the set, which should be added close to the animation tests below, as green isn´t Kara´s favourite background colour. Warmer tones suit her complexion better.

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Sorry Berlin!

We’re afraid Berlin just lost its status as the biggest Turkish community outside of Turkey: Istanbul arrived in Hamburg today! Straight from the workshop. Paint having just dried.

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