Making Web Series to overcome “the consciousness block”

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Beginner’s guide to become a Superhero filmmaker

If you are feeling trapped in a city or a web of dominant relationships constantly dictating you a mediocre lifestyle which only makes you more focused to get on the long winding road of your dreams or to your Super Hero self, as a filmmaker then this blog article is for you!

First relax, you are a wanna-be visionary filmmaker currently living the life of an “extended stay jazzy traveler” ready to instantly claim his/her Super Hero childhood character waiting on the sidelines in disguise for a very long time. But you already made a giant step: you found out about my blog!

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You just need some time to decompress and re-focus on which childhood dream you have most neglected in your life where you were always a Super Hero and could fly, do wonderful things, and even switch to another dimension whenever you wished as you were about to be killed by some dark evil forces. Or better put, when was the last time you would be able to wake-up from a nightmare just in time which seemed not to let go off of you?

Or are you still struggling to escape the daily routine of an odd job to pay your rent which only serves more the so-called realities of others with their vested interest in your life as a caretaker just to keep the illusion going?

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Become a writer/director! Then you will soon convert into a born-to-be a Super Hero.

If you have been writing scripts which started with simple stories but soon turned into bigger than life realities, then immediately leave your comfort zone and get on the road which will lead you to re-write them where everything will fit you. You must have been writing underdeveloped characters as you were trying to keep up with the rat race of the big city life.

But wait a minute!

What happened to your childhood dreams! Who was your main super hero character in the first place?!.. How is he doing now?.. When was the last time you noticed that he was always there waiting for you to get on the road with you? Are you ready to re-connect?

Here is a short list of how to re-connect with your childhood hero again, in order to prepare the road to reach your dreams:

1. Make a media diet and start watching the films, TV shows, cartoons and all the graphic material again from your childhood times until you start seeing a pattern what made you watch those films! What character traits did they have? What kind of lovers they had? What kind of environments they were hanging out? Once you find a pattern, try to write down a tagline as if you were going to make a re-make of it. It may sound something as funny and meaningful as this: “Kilink, the immortal lover/executioner continuous to die and resurrect in different parts of the world as he never gives up fighting with the darkness while the most exotic beauties can’t help but fall in love with him at first sight.”

Kilink1Santo_movie_posters_15122. Start traveling with your childhood Super Hero (physically and mentally) inherently existing in the yet immature protagonist if you have been subconsciously trying to develop to a Super Hero!

We, as screen artists are all mind travellers. We try to excel from our default fallen human with the heavy duty job that we make. It’s a state of mind that we all have once the idea of infinite was custom made for us in a finite body and the world that we call time and space continuum that will eventually lead us taking things only for the self in the flesh, if we don’t take our childhood dreams seriously!

The other way to learn how to become a super hero again is to give our all back to the creation as we create our screen characters to their full bloom.  Yet we unwittingly die in our quest to rejuvenate them and only can rise up again in our completed work. Then we resurrect with our characters who can only do nothing but good for the sake to fulfil their assignment in the grand story, no matter how evil their parts in our scripts might be. This resolution means that we have found our very assignment in the grand story of the creation. We have now turned into our own Super Heroes!

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Once you figured out the hidden pattern that repeats in the super hero character arc over and over again, try to walk in his/her shoes as what reasons and choices might have led this super hero to become invincible or in other words, to become one with the universe!

Since the result of all the things in the universe are good, this superhero represents for us the unchanging victory of Light over darkness. And in a sense, this also lulls our existential need as human beings to fulfil the duty to become the image of the Creator, meaning to fully reflect its light on us, by replicating these unsatisfied desires with out-worldly cartoon characters instead of taking on the real hardships of the road.

3. Recognise and re-claim the inherent powers of your superhero by entering “the void”. It’s often times due to the confidence we lack that we can indeed overcome obstacles without needing superhuman powers. Does this sound quite contradictory now? No, it is not.

The superhero only becomes a superhero once he leaves his comfort zone and enters an environment where he is as fragile as an alien figure, and can only do marvellous things and attain the powers of the universe if he/she is there to help “the other”: the human beings!

That’s where Clark Kent goes to his own cave to encounter again the infinite energies of his birthplace: outer space, as he enters a void. This void zone has brand-new energies, its own “right”s and “wrong”s. That void zone is a blessing! But to perceive this zone, to attain its supernatural powers and to move actually ahead in there, be it by flying or beaming oneself to another dimension, will need great effort from within and from down below your very essence, your core, your Avatar.

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Leaving your comfort zone and entering a void is actually a very hard task. It took me 7 years to find the fellow parallel universe, Colombia, to my fatherland country, Turkey. There I encountered the same kind of problems which people were facing back in Turkey as well. People who are stuck in a wondrous world where salsa, sexy Latin women, drug lords and football had taken over the reign long time ago when the Spaniards decided to build a colony plundering all the gold from the indigenous people and indoctrinating a God which was supposed to be superior than theirs: they had the gunpowder instead of coloured-faced archers with tunics and long spears!

As the down-to-earth people could do nothing but keep silent to stay alive witnessing a futile fight akin to a plot from Fight Club with no winners in the end, be it mighty landlords of great estates arming poor peasant who are attacked by guerrilla fighters armed by either paramilitaries or the drug lords backed by generals with hands in the parliament who selects the prime ministers sometimes siding with drug lords sometimes with paramilitaries depending on their influence etc. etc. As I was listening to these stories I thought that the nightmare I just thought I woke up, would still continue if I didn’t pay attention how to stay awake!  
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It’s always good to be in effort to do wonderful things once you are out there from the system, as long as the intentions of the superhero (this time, me) was good. I could beat any evildoer without being part of their game! That’s what we call “to write a universal story” or as Joseph Campbell calls it “The Hero with a thousand faces” or entering the Rabbit Holes connecting to other universes. You can write a screenplay in Istanbul and shoot it in Colombia without even seeing it first. You will be guided directly to your parallel universe where everything seemed impossible at the other one is suddenly possible and very much in need. Because this mere effort to always select the good result is enough to allow the superior powers of the universe start taking shape in Clark Kent and instantly turn him into Superman. If you want to become a superhero, it’s essential that you leave your comfort zone and enter the void.

Stepping into the void and becoming a superhero happens when you break free from your bondages of your past life, the things you were accustomed to. Things that made you lazy to leave your comfort zone once. Being full with the material world is an accustom. And accustom is what causes us to debunk in a certain situation where we can’t see things no more in perspective and become deaf to our actual calling. In that “desert” what you can only see is the hallucinations. Like thinking that making films in a certain way as the gatekeepers rule it, with full camera gear and crew; looking for a producer to make your film or even thinking that you can only make films in your native tongue and at home where everything is familiar to you. No, these are urban legends! Today, you can make a film with just a basic gear and with a knowledge how to use internet for all the rest of your production and distribution needs, to to mention to promote it to moment’s detail.

The other way around is returning back to the human form full of matter. Though being born to the powers of the universe is emptying yourself. Emptying oneself to serve “the other” is what will carry me to the promised higher levels of being. Once you step into a void or desert with the consciousness of your inherent powers of your superhero you start filling that void with your reality. The reality of what makes you walk, fly or move beyond time and space, beyond your finite by freely uniting with like-minded “other”s. You become witnessing the first moments of creation like a Big Bang from the void. You start answering the enigmatic questions easily by sincerely offering yourself to question the very existence of things as we know it. Yes, you were right to think when you were a kid that you were a Superhero and didn’t accept to talk to people denying it that you are.

You have now started adding value (your attention to care for your neighbour at your parallel universe) to things and that’s when you will hear the eternal answer. And the answer is always “if you came this far and did this, yes, we can go that far and make it up to you also.” That’s when you will start walking on the sea of your dreams. That’s how I felt when I made an application to a film fund 6 months after I came to Colombia with a script that I haven’t written in Colombia, but was able to adapt it easily in a period of 3 months as I discovered that all the story elements that I have included in my script had their exact dynamic cultural equivalents here that the road getting here taught me to see the secret pattern of an eternal love story.

4 – Buy yourself new clothes and give the old ones to the poor in spirit

Show people how to get here. Teach them. Give your light without expecting anything in return. Because you can start filling in outer space only after you completely empty yourself. No any single issue comes to us uncontrolled. The attainment of the super heroic powers is achieved by submitting oneself wholly to the control of the universe and thus becoming one with its flow. The constant flow of unconditional giving. When you reach that point you’ll be able to re-write the same story which you may have started at one end of the world and developed it to its full super heroic self as you will offer it without expecting anything in return like water or air like something everyone needs and shares with everyone. Because superheroes create their own energy in the void as they are very aware of the might of supreme powers that can create galaxies from a void. My story as the dream from a very distant country like Turkey is now the dream of many Colombian friends who want to see this film to be made to bring light to this country with a great image problem. Hallelujah!

In this void, what we call the road that goes through the heart of those few where sits a lion, you will notice that everyone is ready to help you whatever dream you have to bring this light to earth that is for the good of everybody. Once you unlock the secret of talking to people in a nuclear level,through the language of love, that is the main missing ingredient to turn darkness to light with a single touch, then you will see that you were always a Super Hero!

 

Colombia, a secret heaven for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear!

I came to Colombia to continue my location scouting and script development of a feature film project that I was developing as I was traveling through South America for a year. In the mean time I finished one hybrid documentary “When the Ants Dream” (Cuando las Hormigas Sueñan) which I had ironically started filming during the manifestations back in Istanbul one and a half year ago under the trees of a park called “Gezi” in the city center to save it from having turned into a shopping mall and which had its world premier in a film festival in the Amazonas (Mica Film Festival/Manaus-Brazil)  in January 2015.  I also started with a new one in Chile and finished filming it in Colombia two months ago which is currently in the post-production.

Geysers in Alto Planos near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Geysers in Alto Planos near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

After a month of traveling in the north coast of Colombia (Cartagena, Santa Martha, Parque Tayrona and Palomino) I came to Cali where I was suddenly welcomed with open arms by a short filmmaker friend, Oscar Hemberth Moreno, whom I had met one year ago in Rio de Janeiro while I was filming the Rio carnival for my previous hybrid feature “When the Ants Dream”.

The poster of my previous film

The poster of my previous film

 

He was a real kindred soul making 8 short films as he traveled South America on bicycle and was also visiting his family here after 2 years. He introduced me to some people from the film industry here and some of them were really helpful in helping me with my current feature film project “Love in Seven Letters”. One of them started translating and adapting my script to Colombia. Others came to help me filming a teaser for the project.

Still other new friends that I met through internet showed great interest in helping me with other needs of the production and offered their expertise and network of friends to even make more contacts for my next feature film project.

So, I then realized that I came to Colombia for a reason: it was my lost paradise now found! At the moment I am trying to set up a team and working program for the upcoming stages of the project and seek to meet new like-minded people to develop and realize this project with these new friends and for these new friends!

Horseback riding on the beach in Palomino/Colombia

Horseback riding on the beach in Palomino/Colombia

I think one finds his/her existence at the point where the mind of the Creator meets its function on earth. Our reason to exist is when the Light embraces your function while you find out your reason to live. I feel like I am falling to a new earth from a new sky and while my body boils into the texture of this new continent found, the hinterland of my existence comes forth to light. I become a new being by leaving behind my comfort zone and embrace infinity by overcoming my finite as I make an offering with my “self” to a higher cause: being “the other”!

Plot Progression Chart for my next road movie is ready!

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So the next and last film on the “Zahiristan-bul” trilogy series will be about one continous love story shot in different places and with differing cast in a world of Dante somewhere in and around Italy. I seek to depict in each film a different part of the Greater Mediterranean. The first two films were about the two extremities of the Mediterranean basin. My hometown Istanbul and some parts of Spain (Andalucia and Barcelona) and sailing the Mediterranean southwest of France.

I believe that by design cinema has a lot to offer in understanding the “other” by evoking our emotions which no other art form can really achieve to this extent. Therefore I want to utilize this medium in re-constructing a new world view where a new form of sensing life is at utmost need in today’s world of collapsing economies and old-fashioned ways of doing things. A new renaissance is at the door!

I am currently making my travel and shooting schedule for 2013 for this new project. As I shot the part taking place in Barcelona of my latest film “The Grenadines Road” where my local hosts were mostly Italians, I want to shoot the last film to this trilogy now in the “Land of Dante”.

I like to work in creative environments surrounded with visionary people who seek to come together and join forces with one single aim to break free from our perceived boundaries of the world as we know it and share this unique vision with similar visionary people to make the light bigger and bigger every day.

I like to develop certain templates that naturally come out in my journeys as to discover and illustrate them at my next port of call. By doing so I feel that my journeys reach the highest level of my understanding of freedom. Including varying cultures and ways of seeing things allows us to create a holistic view of an otherwise dying world view. If our shortsighted eye  is not fed and even healed at times with different perspectives and points of view to the same subject, then it’s not a living organism anymore actually.

Coming from a city like Istanbul where you can get sunsets with differing sensations every time you look at the same vista of the other side (be it arriving there from Europe, or Asia) depending on your gained new perspective of that “other side” on your way home. I want to create the same sensation with an amalgamate of perspectives at one single story form that I created with other two fellow travellers who experienced a life changing phenomenon in their daily lives here in Istanbul which I also experienced during the first film of this trilogy in this city of no ends. I think transmitting this euphoric experience of being born in Istanbul has a lot to offer to humanity in days like this coming to the closure of an age and beginning of a new one.

Therefore I intend to shoot one part of this free-roving trilogy fusion feature film project series again in collaboration with local artists and travelers the same way I did in Spain last year, but this time I have a complete new story form consisting of 4 Signposts and 3 Journeys of whose shoot I plan to make within a time span of 8 months through various parts of this visionary world.

Here is the road map for my next feature! Let's see where I am going to shoot with whom this time!

In this way, I want to map out a spiritual road the same way I did with Cervantes’ Don Quixote’s trail back in Spain and to Yunus (a Turkish poet and mystic).

Making the Impossible Possible: The make-of “The Grenadines Road” – A Case Study

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“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

I made this Teaser for the movie today!

I hope you like it, just click the above link!

This journey had really become a manifestation of some sort of spiritual resurrection for me, because if you take on the responsibility of being a director to shoot a  journey like this even  though you don’t have a crew traveling with you or the necessary means to start a project of this scale, then you must believe that miracles are always there for the taking by those who really believe in them.

frame from the film - facing the mountain Sierra Nevada/ Granada

frame from the film – facing the mountain Sierra Nevada/ Granada

And indeed, this film is a sheer miracle of sensing life where ever you may wake up to it. You are there to live it how you choose to live it at that point in time. I was to choose to live it as the Turkish director from Istanbul on tour in Spain and sailing the Mediterranean south of France.

Entering people’s lives as a traveling couchsurfer was my starting point in making short films with these people whose couches I slept on and whose dreams I shared there. Then I would edit these films back to back in a cohesive feature road movie. That’s how I chose the locations of “The Grenadines Road”: by following a spirit of common tastes and looking for similar visionary people out there with whom I happen to be dreaming the same dream  — just wake up in it and realize that we are not as alone as we think we are.

Diogo was my Portuguese flatmate who happen to be an actor also. So I wrote the lead role for him in one of the fiction shorts  "Mañana' mañana" in the movie.

Diogo was my Portuguese flatmate who happened to be an actor also. So I wrote the lead role for him in one of the fiction shorts called “Mañana’ mañana” in the movie.

Things start to take shape as you move on with your dreams in a determined response to what’s really happening to us in our daily lives.

In one chapter of the film I am in Barcelona with a mate from a Chinese junk which is on a multi-year journey through the Mediterranean. I later asked him to play the role of an urban hermit who hosts couchsurfers to find a way out of hıs hometown Barcelona. I was trying to showcase our limited perception of reality by documenting real characters and then casting them in the dramatic roles of their own archetypes.

In another chapter, I am climbing Mount Montserrat with a Spanish fireman who liked to spend his summers in forest fires.

And yet in another I am dead and resurrected as a torero in a cactus orchard in Granada on Good Friday.

The final scene at the park next to the bullfight arena with Jesus Gonzalez and Lucia Moreno

The final scene at the park next to the bullfight arena with Jesus Gonzalez and Lucia Moreno

All of these short stories were written and shot in quite a short period of time with the people who replied to our social media postings, some of whom were even ready to drive to the set with their own cars from cities nearby just to be a part of this unique experience. I wrote the scripts for the shorts mostly out of the need to give an answer to what I was experiencing there as a foreign eye, unable to transmit my perspective due to language barriers which Spanish or French people were so keen on protecting. I guess they had their reasons for protecting the spirit of their flamboyant languages. So I had a challenge to break down these language barriers and give these people a chance to feel the wholeness of life as it initially existed and was meant to be living in its abundance. A new mix of genres of cinema was the only answer! I had to find this hidden language of the Spirit which would surpass all language barriers. This was the story I was talking about in one of the three fictions shorts in this hybrid movie.

As for set design, in one short I used the actual remnants from a house party.

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In another I used some dragonflies which kept coming to me in various places sitting dead and dried in front of me on the pavement.

As for the costumes, we made our own costumes, like the torero costume with three spears in the back, made with fabric we found in a second hand vintage store and which was embroidered by a very talented local costume designer. Some times there were art collectives who opened their doors and let us shoot some scenes in their locale, or use it as our production office for the time being. We had interns from local film schools and camera crews were assembled by friends of friends whom I became acquainted with during a chat in a tree house or at a warm breakfast table in a hostel.

Some of the best location scouting was done during daily city tours with some Chinese travelers who wanted to scout the area with me and find hidden landscapes.

All in all, this film has been a sheer miracle to show that films are made as long as relationships allow it, and not merely because you have enough funds upfront to shoot it. Just to have some quality time together where you really listen to each other either on a mountain road by day’s end or on your daily watch at dawn on a Chinese junk somewhere in open sea was enough to turn those memorable moments into real life events once you make a film together with these people whom you just met and whom you probably won’t see again in a long time, but will remember each other for the rest of your lives.

Me at the caves in Sacremonte/Granada

Me at the caves in Sacremonte/Granada

The world is out there for us to prove that we exist in it in a meaningful way as a little flock maybe, as someone put it, and that we didn’t come here to suffer because of our misinterpretation of it.

So make it your own and have something to tell people about how the world really looks like from here in its abundance of new life — that’s what movies are all about!

The stories of these films are all dependent on just what bridges you burn in your life to avoid going back to what’s unreal, and to resurrect ın your dreams, which become your new reality.

Director’s Statement on “The Grenadines Road”

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The Grenadines Road” is a movie that emerged out of the need for contact with people whose language I was not able to speak, but who were speaking to me in my dreams.

It’s a story of some stranded travelers in Spain all seeking for and starting a new life as they meet a resurrected torero somewhere on the road to getting “there”.

 

At Don Quixote's windmills on the road to Playa de los Muertes

Me at Don Quixote’s windmills on the road to Playa de los Muertes

The movie is structured in multiple chapters depicting the metaphoric voyage of the travelers. In one chapter, an urban monk who is hosting couchsurfers shows them the way to get on the road via the symbolic burial of a dragonfly into the sea.

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Two dragonflies came my way as I found them lying on the ground dead&dried just in front of me. Once in Istanbul and once in South of France. Then I realized that I had to make a film about this beauty!

In another, the director is climbing Mount Montserrat with a Spanish fireman in search for truths one finds once on top of the mountain. In another, a torero dies like a bull with three spears in his back and is resurrected on Good Friday in search for a new life.

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We shot this scene while there was general strike in Granada. Noone cared about a torero walking around with three spears in his back and touching the poster about his own death!

All these little stories, fiction or non-fiction, have a similar theme: we all are seeking true love but the road to get there is inevitably blocked by our inability to see the big picture.

I wanted to discover those aspects, which are actually hidden within the discoveries that we think we’ve already discovered. I wanted to give back what life offered me as default in this great big hometown of mine in an abundance of many facets of lives originating from somewhere around the globe and which were so thickly condensed in one single spot, Istanbul, which I had to find again in meaning, in order to make it really mine.

After all, leaving Istanbul is so difficult; if one fails once given the chance to break through the walls of illusion, this greatest hologram in the world imprisons one into.

Cinema was the only answer. So I traveled to Spain, a country where, as the legend goes, was home of a man of noble birth who went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return.

The home of Don Quixote, the man who took the responsibility of making the truths of the ancient legends his own, which he read and read before he got on the road. He was missing one thing though: he couldn’t touch and bring about change and healing to the people he met on that road.

frame from the film

frame from the film

This is to say, I shot this film to bring about a healing on our perception of the world so that it brings a forward momentum from where we are stuck now as being alienated as “the other.”

The road is the best place where you meet “the others” apart from the crowds of mixed multitudes. This film is an answer to this need of ages old missing contact of these both ends of the Mediterranean.

We are living in a greater Mediterranean Sea that contains the miracle of grand perspective, if you can draw a thorough-line between the stories from both extremities of it. To find that hidden road was my challenge.

Being from Istanbul gives one the privilege of existing as a citizen of the world beyond your ethnicity and your cultural boundaries and forces you to take on the responsibility of being born into this inter-zone.

This heritage requires a full devotion and determination of applying this inborn out worldly nature to your daily life. Thus once you fulfill the dreams you dream in Istanbul, you may find yourself in quite a different place like Spain or anywhere else in the world depending on your interpretation of it. No wonder that Napoleon once said: “If the world was one nation, Istanbul would be its capital!”

Being an Istanbulite is very much like being a constant traveler but without having to cover long distances across the globe. Why is that? Because it is the only city in the world which sits on two continents and on two realities. Thus, to be born there and live there is to have an inborn sensation of what it is to sit next to infinity, which is also found within yourself. It is to look out at a whole new continent across the Bosporus day in and day out and even to traverse back and forth over the borders of your perceived reality. Thus, I am constantly on the road with my films, leaving one reality behind and stepping into another unknown one as I start thinking about what to shoot next. So I am living in a constant Diaspora in this world even in my own hometown! Literally Istanbul belongs nowhere but the heavens. It’s a world apart!

My last trip was in and around Spain where I wanted to make friends with the characters I had previously written in Istanbul which would appear in my upcoming feature film script. I also wanted to gain new perspectives about them and to meet his potential co-filmmakers and future actors on the road. Soon I realized that this recherché/field trip was going to take longer than I initially planned. So I changed the direction and decided to start a new project while traveling with friends I had recently met along the road. As I got to know my protagonist more, I decided to shoot a musical road movie. Thus it turned into a Cloud Atlas-eque feature length musical road movie in the end.

This scene I shot impromtu in the Barcelona zoo. The kids were ready to act anyway before I said "action"!

This scene I shot impromtu in the Barcelona zoo. The kids were ready to act anyway before I said “action”!

Direct Cinema is where you break the ice!

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This blog is a diary about the constant daily miracles which make my films possible!

By miracles I mean the things we don’t usually comprehend during our daily rush of things that we have to carry on with, or the things which happen to us, but due to our short-sight or incapacity of adapting their interpretations to our daily lives they usually lose their effect of immediate impact to our surroundings. Thus we end up living a meaningless life as we take as a given that we are.

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My last crew&cast during a shoot in Granada/Spain. From left to right: Teresa Herrera, Jesus Gonzalez, Bozkurt Palanduz (me), Frank Müller, Stelviyo Attanasi, Judit Saavedra Micolo, Tamara Garcia

I am a seasoned filmmaker with 20 years of experience. I make films starting with my thesis project about alienated people in their homelands. The ones who were unable to find meaning of their life as being the microcosmic example of almost the whole humankind living on this planet without deliberating upon why! You need to shake off the old ways of thinking that are holding you back. Once you realize you can do things in an entirely new way, you can re-write the rulebook. Find ways you are stuck in mental ruts and give them the boot.

This blog is therefore there to unravel the invisible, the abstract within the visible. And today’s internet represents very well the ether which is not visible but which has become a certain vehicle to find out about how we can escape our mundane daily lives strictly stuck in the flesh, doesn’t’ it!

taken as the gypsies visiting the town by the passers-by and posing for the tourists

taken as the gypsies visiting the town in the other side of the French riviera, Saint Marries de la Mer and posing for the tourists with tambourine artist Alessandra Belloni

By definition, films are made as long as the relationships allow them. And the relationship I am talking about here is our relationship with the ether from where we actually get the ideas and new point of views through metaphors. They exist between ordinary events showing us the interconnectedness of all the things around us.

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When we were not allowed into the bullfight arena in Granada, I had to shoot the whole scene impromptu and from scratch. I wrote and set up the mis-en-scene in 10 minutes before the sun disappeared in between the buildings in the background. That day was the final day of the shoot, then I became a superman! 🙂

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That’s why the things that I am going to share here are the mere interpretations of “the things” or “events” which may seem ordinary or not so out of the box at first sight, as the people around you try to make you believe that they are meaningless, but if you look at them from the viewpoint of the “eternal now,” they have quite different implications in the context of pre-eternity and eternity condensed to “now”! That’s where the eye-opener films come into the picture made by those few people on earth who happen to seek only these hidden links that we all actually have to look for in the first place.

For this reason I am even making this blog in English which is not my mother tongue and which may sound a bit awkward at times but which is I think how that person would talk to you whom you may also meet some day on a distant shore somewhere on the ocean side of a far continent, wouldn’t he/she? And the other reason I make this way is: if you believe that there is another reality beyond what we are born into, then English as a second language comes in handy I think to just start a dialogue! I am not going to bug you my crippling Spanish or out of practice German for the sake of my first post for now! 🙂

This scene we shot on a mount in Granada where there is this wall with a corridor in it and at dawn the light shines through he holes in the wall. That was a perfect start for the shoot!

This scene we shot on a mount in Granada where there is this wall with a corridor in it and at dawn the light shines through the holes in the wall. That was a perfect start for the shoot!

You may be a novice filmmaker and want to develop your filmmaking skills with hands-on experience on filmmaking starting from conceptualizing to the final shoot and editing, and even beyond all the way down to its gala, or you may also be a talented actor who wants to make a bold start with an off-the-beaten path film project in the international avant-garde film festival circles, then this blog is for you. Once it’s released,  get to see also “The Grenadines Road”, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2723318/ my latest feature which has come out in the same vein. https://www.facebook.com/landofgrenadines

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In my last project I was able to balance the density of wisdom of my hometown Istanbul (an amalgamate of a myriad of ancient cities one on top of each other, namely Byzantine, Konstantinopolis and Chalcedony – the so-called “Land of the Blind”) where you as a visionary filmmaker literally have no place to speak this knowledge out but your films or scripts, as it is the end of one world and yet the beginning of another, namely it’s just a bridge to pass you onto the other side. A bridge between our 5 senses and what’s beyond them, the sixth sense which doesn’t exist on this world, but it still does have its effects on this one! In getting into contact with the wholeness this city offers with its geographical location and history, you have to find out on your own what doesn’t exist yet there, namely “the hidden city within” or “the hidden self with us” so to speak.

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There is this statue in Barcelona where they lit it in order to have a shadow at the building overlooking the square. The people living in that house must be chosen people! 🙂

When you cross the Bosporus, you start internalizing those notions which you only heard about up until then and start creating something beyond the material when you reach the other side. This transformation of ideas and the self can work both ways, from East to West or from West to East.

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This the bridge in Barceloneta where you pass over a highway on the seaside to go to the Ikaria Beach

There you leave behind what was taught to you up until then, you become the coach of yourself. There you no longer need to take things for the self, there you take on the responsibility to act now as the bridge between these two worlds. There you suddenly disappear from one world by attaining the consciousness of logos that is to say that you become one with the whole universe and create a hook between the two ends of the world – the known and the unknown – which as a result empowers you to turn evil into good and the curse into blessing.

At that stage you start hearing a new call. A stage where no one really touches you anymore in a sense to hinder you from doing things. There you become untouchable. You actually pass beyond the limitations of cultures and nostalgia and heresy. Taking on the responsibility of studying the meaning of this road, you are also facing off the death&resurrection, taking this wisdom into your lives where you don’t need to prove your love of a certain kind of fish, for example, to anyone. The spiritual things have no way of proving them right.

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You have passed the stage then of doing things just to show off. Like cleaning up some space just to satisfy our need to pretend as a clean person, whereas our inner self might be full of corruption, for instance. No, you don’t want to do that once you are out there in direct contact with the universe. You don’t do things there so that some people give you the paradise beyond your perception of some beliefs or ways of doing things right. There is no right or wrong there. There is just you who has become one with the universe! As the saying goes “you either become part of the universe or part of others’ herd.”

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The demonstrations in September 2011 in Barcelona

I don’t want to state that the light of the world is where I come from or where I am planning to travel next and I am just hanging out in those places to mix in with the vibe, no! Just in contrary, I want to protect my light as I sustain my mobility as a visionary according to where I deem most necessary to strike a balance with what I have found out lately and to meet those people who see this light in a way that they see the connections and are capable of drawing lines between the dots in that vast space of darkness in between them. There are less and less people out there who can draw or willing to draw these lines, as the connections which allow these lines to be drawn get more fainted every day in a decaying world where everything is instantly converted to a high degree of materialism.

My last trip was to Spain where I spent 9 months to map out the extent of the Greater Mediterranean for my upcoming film project “El Cosmico.” As I said before I am a filmmaker from Istanbul, the city where you can find all the answers to all your questions you wondered about all your life, but you can’t bring them to full fruition there. It’s a city which both sets you free from your bonds and also sends you away to your own journey. When you discover Istanbul, you most likely find yourself in some quite other place then you were before both mentally and physically.

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This is a blog that I am making to find kindred spirits who may be like me stuck somewhere around the world and looking for a way to unleash their ties from their past and break free, but don’t know how. I offer my expertise of filmmaking with over 20 years of experience in the industry, if you really want to become a genuine person which is something else than what the world teaches us to become one, you know. You may find it somewhere in Spain or on a boat on a multi-year journey across the oceans or even sitting in your cubicle stuck in a mega city or a little town where you may even become a traveller of time and space without even moving anywhere.

I have been making films mostly with people who haven’t been all necessarily in the industry for career-sake, but I rather enjoyed doing these films by reforming the blueprint of making cinema as there are so many places about which no films are made yet to reform our ideas about filmmaking  with the indigenous people there. Istanbul being just one of them which I am still finding out.

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I mostly travel with the characters I write for long periods of time until I define them completely.  There has been times that I decided not to make a film about them once I reached the core of the characters I wrote and shot through some short films fiction or non-fiction which usually come out as a video diary of sorts during theses journeys –  that I shoot while I am traveling with them in spirit of the characters during recherche.

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Don’t just ask ‘So, what do you do?’ Instead, go for something far more revealing. You could meet people who share your point of view in some really amazing ways somewhere in the world now and the internet might be just the beginning of that great journey — but you’ve got to ask all the right questions. And I ask you now, “you say I don’t like tea in the breakfast, I want coffee, but why would you make then movies in the same manner wherever you go in he world. Break through your own habits of doing things and enjoy the abundance of life and make real heartfelt contacts with people who are most likely passively looking for someone to change their habit of looking at things surrounding them from a finite viewpoint, thus creating more and more of a crust around them.

How about creating a completely new genre of cinema and breaking through these shells which are all made due to our own lack of practicing the way of meaning and due to our own way of seeing the whole creation as a system that punishes people where there are illusionary limits to doing things. Could that be your own lack of making these necessary contacts with the right people? And as a result of this you may be creating these limits that you set upon yourself. You can be totally lost in your own head and still have a productive day, when you are on the road. And if you are on a shoot there, imagining your next move could be one of your hidden talents. Go ahead, string fantasy and reality together into a silky braid. Your instincts will lead you to like-minded people, when you are out there. Go wherever your gut tells you to go. Fun people will be waiting there for you. Besides being able to predict how people are all going to react to you, your instincts will tell you how to prevent anything bad from hurting the people you love. This will be a time of great connectedness between you and the people you care. Get on your own Grenadines road!

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