5 Tips to make feature length films as you travel around the globe!

In this article I want to talk about how to live your life fully while making cinema in its original sense. The two may sound counterproductive, but it is not, if you know the trick how to realise your daily “filmmaker dreams&ideas” into instant videos, chapters of a web series and ultimately sequences of an ongoing feature film! Does this sound too futuristic! I hope not, because I’ve been doing it for quite a while lately and today I want to share with you how I made there feature length films as I traveled for 7 year from across the Atlantic ocean and from the last port of the Mediterranean Sea, Istanbul, until I reached the shores of another ocean, the Pacific. Here is a link for a quick look at it:

What I wanna talk about today is cinema as Lumiere brothers and others who used it as a means of liberation of the mind. Well, to tell you the truth it is such a time consuming job that you finally start to live it as a life style.

What is this lifestyle? This lifestyle is closing yourself into a space and thinking and writing and researching continuously until one day what you have been dreamt of for so long becomes the reality of all the people who followed you up to that “mountain top” which sets you free again in terms of shooting that dream together with people who followed you there and bringing it down to earth together.

That’s why it’s important to choose a dream that will be great enough to maintain your attention for a very long period of time. But what happens when you are from a “third world country” where dreaming big is not allowed? You start traveling with your dreams! First, you travel in your mind and then in physical terms. Basically your grow out of the soil where you have been planted and try to reach the sky with as many branches as you can produce where other birds soon will start nesting. You become a proverbial “pepper tree” – “the tiniest seed that grows the highest tree” as Jesus put it quite nicely. There is no other way here but aligning yourself with a higher consciousness that only can set you free.

My journey started as I was getting bored of what I was doing back in Istanbul seven years ago. I had already made then over a 130 commercials, promos, TV programs, music videos, mini documentaries along with 10 shorts and a hybrid feature documentary thanks to which I was lucky enough to have been invited to a film festival in Iceland. An epic country and landscape which was about to be the food for my dreams for a long period of time. I had been probably observed by another dreamer with strong convictions, a festival programmer.

This is to say that we travel as long as we have been observed by another human being with some bigger than life expectations similar to yours. That’s why we make films, no? To open a star gate to the other dimension, as is the latest trend nowadays. But you don’t need to create a black hole for it that will suck everybody in and bring out other dark forces! There is a more environmental way to do it! Namely, connect with those who have an eye to see and an ear to hear.  How about making a quantum jump! Going through a slit and make a mark on a big screen behind the curtain. Do I sound like talking metaphorically here? No, indeed I don’t. I was probably a bit too scientific. I was trying to talk about an experiment which is the most astonishing experiments of the quantum physics, the so called “double slit experiment”. Here is a short video of the experiment which explains very well the strange behaviour of electrons or photons and is the very fabric of the universe:

So, after watching this amazing video you probably are more in picture now why I am talking here science instead of what was expected of me talking about how to make cinema as you travel? Well, me, as the electron have noticed that I was being observed by someone else (call it God, your family or friends, depending on your belief) and decided to couple up with my other electron partner. I left the unnecessary luggage back home and went through the double slit acting as a particle, previously knowing that electrons or photons were created with a duality of acting both as waves and and particles (I used a lot of light meters in sets which are designed to measure this weird behaviour of photons as was explained to me by one of my first electricians!)

But I didn’t know yet who would be the accompanying electron once I will hit the big screen! I had to find her out. And as I expected it to happen I made two dots out of me at “the screen behind the curtain”. I have a Colombian partner now and she sat just across the stage when I was giving a conference at the International Film Festival Pasto (her birth place) last week! We “made two dots instead of forming an interference pattern” which is the result of the earlier experiment without an observing eye. If one of you agrees to be cheerleader, the other can tackle the task at hand. When their shift is over, you can switch roles. That’s part of the joy of coupledom: splitting the work and doubling the joy. But nevertheless we are nothing but from the same idea of spooky long distance entanglement as Einstein called it.

So, the first question (or tip) to may want to ask yourself is

  1. where you want to get noticed and by whom you want to get noticed and which screen you want to make a mark on?

Also do you have the patience to make through both experiments to understand why you behave differently on different planes? And most importantly do you really can sustain your initial dream until the second experiment where you will put your mark in a very significant way than acting no more than just “making waves”. If you answer is “yes, I want to see the big picture!”, then celebrate your ability to stick to a project even when it seems like you’re not making any progress. Like a long-distance runner training on a treadmill, the passing scenery of long waitings to realise a film project will give you no clue about the benefits you’ll reap. The major benefit being finally getting to know who you really are and are not, getting real with yourself and your essential needs as a visionary human being and not the needs the society dictates to you. Let God be your observer, not the multitude of crowds! And there is only you and Him/Her!

This long waiting periods of making films led me to another channel which I had to learn first before shooting anything else which will make me get through that tiny slit by letting go off my invested ego and thus getting to the bottomline with a “significant other”. So I decided to make a film about how to find true love in Istanbul! A city which Napoleon called “the capital of the world if the world would be one nation.”

So big a compost of ideas, dreams and isolations caused by a strange geography of being the one and only city in the world that sits on two continents! Probably the biggest trap of the mind in the world! To undo it I had to become a champion of all arts and sciences, that made this hologram. A multi layered puzzle created by the incapacity of a certain elite of various empires who created a whole religion, 4 popes and three empires just to act as if they are being real in Istanbul. To be “real in Istanbul” you have to leave it and re-create it in Heavens, as its distinct geography symbolises the Rapture!

The city that was called in ancient times “the mother of all cities!” So, after seeing there is nothing new to be found in the ordinary way of looking at it, I delved into the underground life of Istanbul to search where the chain was broken and where my proverbial missing “partner electron” was. I found it just next-door to the house which I was using as a set and later as my home for 3 years in downtown Istanbul. That project was the first attempt to make an online film as I was living in my own set. I had become a true protagonist of a “Truman Show”. I literally decorated a house according to the character that I wrote and then I moved and started living in it. I cast people from the streets along with real actors. I started sharing various material on the Facebook group of the project as we kept shooting. That place soon became a paradise for many artists and musicians who started living with me there and I filmed them in a semi-scripted way.

They were people from a very underground district of Istanbul and I first learnt to be a minority within a minority; we were very different. So here comes the second tip

2. Learn to be “the other”

in my case, I was to learn to be “your kind filmmaker neighbour who is willing to share his life with you, as he observes and films it in real time.

That project lasted 3 years and it was the same project which not only took me to see Iceland, but also discover other distant parts of the world.

I had to learn to “become no one” first to be literally born again from my ashes in another place very far from Istanbul and look to my culture with the eyes of no one, yes the best way to see it would being “someone like a minority within a minority”. I came to South America as almost “no one” too. When they ask me where I am from, they sometimes need two, three minutes to continue talking with me making sense, as probably my answer makes them dizzy.

I am just a traveling filmmaker from Turkey, namely from the lands where all the byzantine intrigue of Constantine to rule the world was originally created. So, it probably translates in their minds: “I am coming from the initial crime scene and I am the only living witness from there who made it up to here”

So I basically know in my genes how the whole deck was created. And I am now looking to another culture with the eyes of a man who was not here when this culture was created. How so?! They just feel busted in their games! But I know very well from what perspective to look at it, if it fits to the gran scheme of things, my journey with God as a traveling filmmaker or better put “for what scene I have come here to shoot which will further this journey to my next chapter”. We just had a scene to write and shoot on the go last week in Ecuador for a web series which came as a new kid on the block out of the necessity to share more of this mystic journey with my couple and thus the world. Now there is a new branch building up next to the mystic river that we are on. Here is a clip that lately shot on a river trip on the Pacific coast of Colombia between Ladrilleros and La Barra/Buenaventura.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/129xG-_PN3S8-k7nS4BBNPGq2PELbmDdiIw/view?usp=sharing

We have to learn to look at the state of world with the same eyes – the eyes of a filmmaker who has learnt to film flowing with the energy surrounding him – almost like making jazz – in unison with his environment that ironically defy the reality of some decisively blind people who rule the world and create the mess that we are forced to live day-in-day-out as if it’s our reality. No, it isn’t! But we keep mimicking as if it is, because we lack visionary people to show more of what’s what, the way things are in reality.

I have no more titles here in Colombia now than being the screenwriter/director/producer of a screenplay that I started writing in Istanbul 7 years ago and kept on re-writing and adapting to various countries along the way until I finally decided to shoot it in its totality here in Colombia. When I say that people get amazed by my endurance and astute standing as a filmmaker. Do I need more as a title than being just that. This journey is about finding water in a desert. Every new level you rise up to you will come to another desert where you have to find the oasis again! That’s the kind of flow I am talking about. The only river being the waters of virility that flow through you. I am a visiting filmmaker now seeking partners from all around the world to realise the biggest dream of my life here in Colombia. Now comes the third question that needs a new tip to answer it.

3. How can you shoot a film without depreciating the original idea of the script for the sake of just making no matter what, i.e. at the other end of the world?

You can make it by connecting with the main need of all humanity: love in its least used sense, the love of “the other”. Real love is not as we know it. It’s what makes you one of those smart electrons that know how to make to the big screen behind the curtains by letting go off the things that you can’t take with you on the road or better put by splitting into two as was shown in the quantum experiment above. Learn the duality of your self that sometimes acts as waves and sometimes as particles! 

You will find them just next to you once you make a leap of faith to make a mark on the big screen. It’s like taking your book draft to the battle field and keep revising it in the ditches as you try to survive there like Salinger did while writing “Catcher in the Rye”, Salinger took The Catcher in the Rye to World War Two with him. He was even involved in the invasion of Normandy from the very day he landed on Utah Beach on D-Day, he carried six chapters of the novel with him, which he worked on throughout the war.

As the famous saying goes: “the reality is in the eye of the onlooker.” I wonder how Salinger was witness a terrible war as he was writing his book in the ditches. So was my case!

I was just witnessing how soul mates are made by connecting with the core energy of the universe which created all these cosmoses. This is what looking at things with the eyes of God is all about: to get vested with the Spirit. The result is you get on a lifetime travel as long as you maintain this connection, because this energy is the building block of every good and bad in the world. And your job as a traveling visionary filmmaker is to see the good in everything, since the result of all of the good and the bad is good! 

My forth big question was

4) how can I maintain the connection for such a long period of time until I make my film about the best kept secret in the world?

The answer is simple: You can only do it if you don’t waste your time looking at the living among the dead! That’s where the two pillars of this article come into play: 1) The weekly interpretations of old scriptures into your daily life 2) Finding answers for the most dramatic progression of the plot through the help of a software as what story you want to tell in accordance of your interpretation of this journey.

5) how can you sustain making films for people where you don’t really can make a living after all?

And my answer to that question is that in mundane norms you can’t! You will be rejected by funds and gatekeepers until you can afford to make a series of self-funded films to give a brief idea of who you are and what novelty you aim to bring to the world of cinema in a time of drastic changes of how films are made today. There are actually no more gatekeepers nowadays. Everybody has the chance to become his own producer and distributor if he or she knows how to use the internet well. Filmmaking has become a self-sustainable medium.

The rest is easy, just have your basic camera gear and laptop with you where ever you travel! And have them ready and charged! More tips later! Keep on travelling, mate!

Submitting a script or submitting myself to a New Me!?

When I left my home 16 months ago this day, February 24th and set out for a “desert walk”, my aim was to fully live a life just for making movies on the road and nothing else! A life of a devotee for an amalgam of direct cinema and nouvelle vague where I would travel with a story and a script draft I already had, and develop and shape it as I travel through various geographies where ever my own story will take me until I can shoot it and make it real, because how dramatic it may sound, I couldn’t shoot my debut feature in my country, beyond my parents knowledge I probably had become the dream of a higher consciousness in the meantime or my country was captured by aliens.

I had to make this film in a way breaking the barriers and routines of filmmaking which is in fact a very tedious job most of the times and by the time you finish a film you may end up losing track what led you to where you are when you cross the finish line.

The more films I make I realized that they all lead to a more stronger connection to what makes us more genuine and centered as who we really are as human beings. Making indie films after a while becomes like a habitual worship that you do, in a sense, to keep this connection with your core constantly and don’t want to loose it, but the question is: “Is this worship something about what you don’t know yet about yourself or about what you’ve always felt that you knew but couldn’t put it in words, yet?”

Because there are again certain gatekeepers in the mainstream filmmaking and certain rules of the industry that you have to follow, if you want to make a commercial film, but chances are the finished product may not look like what you have initially expected to see. What to do then? You have to take a break to see things in perspective as to what was the reason that resulted to how things are like now in your life. Then you should start walking again as you construe every moment of your walk with a new perception of righteous causes and righteous consequences in mind.

San Pedro de Atacama/Chile

Thus, the dramatic quality of the final version of your script depends on how much drama you can bear in this life to turn your primal cry into a universal dream. But then, the question you should ask yourself is “Does the final product reflect the variety of things and different interpretations that I had no idea of when the initial idea came to my mind?” If your answer is “no”, it means that you have a universal story at hand that is like water or air; not exclusively yours, but something so urgent that everybody needs right now! It means that you made enough effort to integrate yourself with source of the whole universe and were bloody honest not to shade the truth your existence to correct the chaos everybody else is so afraid of doing, because it has always been the toughest and most avoided job in the world.

If you deny the universal law that the sum of all the things – good or bad – will always result in good, you will end up making a lot of effort in trying to stay at the dark side of the moon without being able to see how marvellous the trip to the other side of the moon is where you the real shape of the moon as it reflects the sun in its entirety. We need to take the extra mile to see ourselves reflecting the light in our full form as we unite with our dark side  at some distant part of the world, when we discover that our existence yet unbeknown to us has a very important meaning for someone we haven’t met yet at the other side of this planet. This is our real journey on this life that we can’t avoid, but only deter to different lifetime.

Motorbike tour to the other side of the Tierra Bomba island where you’ll suddenly see Cartagena in the horizon like a mirage of Miami.

Refusal of the “good result of the creation” will lead you to a sense of ineffectiveness and thus, being stuck in the dare measures of some naysayers of the film industry of how films should be done according to the industry standards. But today even 5-6 years old kids know how to use a mobile phone as a camera to make their first experimental shorts at very early age.

Although we live in a time of a very advanced technology where everybody can now become a filmmaker technically. More than technical issues with camera gear and stuff, the very nature of traveling is being in constant motion – physically and mentally, you become aligned with the constant motion of the universe to keep things in one place – even if you decide to take longer breaks at some certain places. Though it has a very positive effect on your story to develop it to the hilt while you start seeing from more different angles as you travel with it, but keeping track of the changes in locations with different gimmicks but similar energies and landscapes reflecting the same initial idea is a common denominator of how crafty you are in adapting your personal story to ever changing environments and conditions as you come close to becoming a highlander figure traveling through space and time.

Bocachica/Tierra Bomba

In respect to truthfully illustrate and maintain the core idea of the story, until very recently the language barrier was an important issue.  I simply couldn’t speak Spanish more than some words or basic sentences. I will never forget the day, when I sat down on a table at a seaside restaurant facing the waves of the Atlantic ocean where I decided to re-write the whole script for South America only to be able to finish it 1 year later at another far end beach in Cartagena/Colombia. By then I was fluently speaking Spanish and could even correct the typos and misinterpreted words of its Spanish translation. I even went further and interpreted the protagonist for a promo I shot for the film which received more than 2500 views in the first 5 days after I uploaded it on Vimeo.

Love in Seven Letters” has been written and re-written in a script development process of seven years zig-zaging between one adaptation to another in the greater Mediterranean area spreading over 4 distant countries in 3 continents. I was finally able to turn my initial protagonist of an disenfranchised underdog of an introverted environmental activist character to a heoric figure akin to a king on exile conquering a lost continent in search of the greatest mystery of his life: his long missing dad!

I had to really know and understand well what I have been worshiping for so many years until I reached the point where I integrated myself fully to what was superior to me until then: I learnt Spanish to tell my own story! The story of my childhood dreams, my debut film to be shot in South America, my new home. That’s what I was trying to do all along as I was traveling all that way up until here: making a New Me without the routines of me!

I had to make long breaks to let go of the negativities that I had piled up without knowing as I was taking things only to make a film, my film, my personal logic. But there was also another logic beyond my “80 square meter logic” of my family heritage. And I ended up developing my protagonist until I converted his actions moving with the logic of the universe. And there things moved in quite a different manner, in a manner of constant giving as you constant keep receiving from the source of what made all the things surrounding me which were once obstacles in my way, now suddenly lifted up as I showed them also how to move mountains to the seas.

Palomino/Tayrona National Park/Colombia

I received an email yesterday in my mailbox for an open call for a script contest at a film festival in Mexico and decided to submit my script as I just finished the last few touches last night. But the funny thing something that I noticed how far I am ahead of myself when I was filling out the application form where one of the standard questions are “the country of origin of the project”, “the language of the screenplay” and “the current address of the applicant”. Still having a Turkish passport and the birth place of the initial idea being Istanbul, “the country of orgin” must still be Turkey. Although the first versions were written in my native language, Turkish, some earlier versions were written in English while traveling and the final version was translated to and re-written in Spanish. And I was applying from Colombia!

I was merely struck by the revelation that how many spiritual re-births and journeys we have to undergo just to be again our original selves. No wonder why Napoleon called Istanbul as the capital of the world, if the world would be one nation. I then realized I was born as a true “citizen of the world” and had become one when I finally clicked that shiny “submit” button last night. I had finally submitted myself.

Plot Progression Chart for my next road movie is ready!

Aside

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).

Direct Cinema is where you break the ice!

Aside

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.

matador&his_lover

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

El camino_afiş

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.

balık_şiş

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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