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Making room for something new!

Kara is a journey I started a few years ago, knowing it would be a long one. After quietly working on writing and re-writing the script, finishing the concept teaser and a long sabbatical due to private family matters, we’re now taking the next step! It will still be a while before we can share

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Emek Sinemasi – “Once there was one, then there was none”

When I started writing Kara, I had imagined one day I would sit in Emek Sinemasi and watch the film that has this cinema and the surrounding Cercle d’Orient building at its heart. A film that remembers the days I spent in this building above the cinema, watching films through the tiny window of its

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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 – 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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Highway to Istanbul – II

“A lonely bus travels on an inter-city highway under a crescent moon.” How much work can such an innocent sounding sentence from the script create, you might ask. Well, here is the answer: a round-up of the 2.5 weeks of shoot on the ‘landscape’ set. (And this is excluding the set and prop building…which we

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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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Mini-Istanbul – a metropolis in one room

The set building process: First, there was an inspirational. Then (and those photos I spare you) I started to do a small plastillin blocking and drew rough groundplans of the buildings visible in the inspirational. Then Eugen Kelle started blocking in 3-D until we had a set big enough for the camera move and sent

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