showcase istanbul issue 207 Mar 2010Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to the latest issue of Showcase Istanbul, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the very best of the Turkish visual media industry, with more information available in our dedicated Film and Photo directories.
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Our cover image was shot by Emre Unal with designer Tuvana Buyukcinar Demir for her fashion brand Tuvanam-A46.
- photo agents
PPR Istanbul Istanbul photo agents
Istanbul-based PPR was established in 2000 as a photography-focused production company, and now represents 17 photographers both locally and internationally.
PPR Istanbul features a still life studio and a large space for all other types of shooting. The studios are climate controlled and have office spaces, wireless internet connections, full bar and cafe services and an i-Mac computer for use by clients and agencies. The company has two other facilities that also feature a cafeteria and internet services.
PPR Istanbul has a team of 20 people to complete any job, including producers, production managers and assistants along with a casting director and studio manager who are available to assist with all types of production.
Rpresenter Istanbul photo agents
Latest projects involving the Rpresenter photographers include:
- Ford Cargo chose Zafer Kaptanoglu for its new truck advertising campaign.
- Gökhan Ertem shot famous Turkish singer Deniz Seki's new portfolio.
- Fashion stylist Pinar Eris' latest creations were photographed by Akif Hakan Çelebi.
- Murat Süyür shot actors from the film 'Veda', written and directed by Zulfu Livaneli and based on the life of Atatürk.
- Rainer Stratmann photographed Istanbul's historic peninsula for the city's 2010 European Capital of Culture promotion campaign.
- Nejat Talas shot an editorial for Arena magazine.
- Carioca shot personal work entitled 'Fashion United'.
- Zona 13 completed the Kit Kat 'Movie Break' campaign.
Collectiff Istanbul photo agents
Collectiff Representation recently completed a variety of different projects for top advertising agencies in Istanbul as well as international clients Bakcell in Baku and On Request Images in Istanbul. Collectiff was also assigned by Ogilvy and Mather Istanbul to carry out two different productions for Mudo Collection in Sweden and South Africa that were photographed by Eric Josjo and Alexa Singer.
Four photographers joined Collectiff Representation in 2009: Roberto Prosdocimo from Italy, Szymon Swietochowski from Poland, Eric Josjo from Sweden and Ciler Erbil from Turkey.
The company is very proud to serve top national and international clients both in Turkey and abroad.
- film production companies
MinusGreen Istanbul film directors
MinusGreen is a new production company based in Istanbul. Formed in 2009 by a young, creative and experienced multilingual crew, the company offers feature film, TV commercial, music video and photography production, line production services and artist management.
MinusGreen collaborates with and represents talented directors, DOPs and photographers, including Miguel Gaudencio, Noaz Deshe, Andy Liew, Renato Novakovic, Jose Pedro Torrez, Emir Khalilzadeh and Atakan Azaplar.
The company has just finished shooting a feature film entitled 'Kar Beyaz'. Previous work included post production for the Volkswagen Caddy TV commercial with the Kangaroo Agency, line production with Vessel Productions for a film and photo book project entitled 'Threads of Compassion' shot in Istanbul by American documentary filmmaker Randi Vaughn, and DOP for still photography by Tarun Chopra and Dustin Kueepler.
The company also provides rental services for Profoto lighting.
IDA Industrial & Digital Arts Istanbul animation production
IDA Industrial & Digital Arts was established in 2003 as a 3D animation and visual effects studio.
Besides having post production services such as 3D animation, visual effects and compositing IDA is also specialised in 3D visualisation. Combining the opportunities of CG, IDA has become a leader in photo manipulation and digital matte painting.
IDA has a strong team supervised by Kaan Ozsoy and also hires additional operators on an individual project basis. IDA offers a range of different perspectives and CG options to its clients who trust the company for its experience in lighting and digital environments.
Pozitif Film Istanbul commercial production
Pozitif Film Productions, established in 1987, is one of Turkey’s leading full service companies for commercial film production.
With a portfolio of both national and international directors, aptly addressing different aesthetic and technical needs, the company provides a line of complete high quality services.
Pozitif has a highly flexible approach to production demands, combining hard work and adaptability with strict budget controls. Turkey’s vast geography and cosmopolitan culture offer a wide selection of landscapes, towns, backgrounds and casting options that can pass for any European or Oriental part of the world.
Dijital Sanatlar Istanbul editing
Latest news from Dijital Sanatlar Production House, Istanbul:
- Leading beauty director David Johnson shot Komili with young Turkish talent Pelin Karahan on the Mediterranean coast.
- Two new cosmetic products, Blade and Privacy, made their debut commercials with Dijital Sanatlar director Mustafa Uslu.
Check the website for more details and latest productions.
Gokce Erenmemisoglu Istanbul advertising photographers
Gokce Erenmemisoglu founded his own studio and works extensively in Istanbul. His images have appeared in some of the biggest campaigns for global brands, including Vodafone, Adidas, American Express, Burger King, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Hilton, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.
Gokce offers his clients a wide range of skills, from studio to worldwide location shoots, Sinar high-end digital and post production equipment, retouching, image manipulation, CGI and illustration techniques.
He specialises in still life and advertising but also enjoys taking food and drink photography. Gokce has won several Epica, Golden Drum and NYFest awards and was also given the Gourmand 'Best Cookbook Photography Award' in Paris in 2008 for his book net:425 gr.
Ahmet Agaoglu Istanbul advertising photographers
Ahmet Agaoglu was previously based in London working as a food and beverage photographer. He moved to Istanbul in 1995. His clients include Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Burger King, Pinar, Eti, Ülker, Tat, Knorr, Nescafe, and many more. Ahmet is one of the rare photographers in Turkey to specialise in food and beverage.
His studio includes a well-equipped kitchen as well as production and styling facilities.
He shoots film and digital in all formats, mainly using Sinar and Hasselblad digital backs. Ahmet is also capable of manipulating his images in Photoshop and 3d Max.
Tolga Yurdaer - SPPD Studio Progressive Photo Design Istanbul beauty photographers
SPPD, Studio Progressive Photo Design, is owned and managed by Tolga Yurdaer. Based in Izmir, Turkey's third largest city and considered the capital of bridal fashion, the company has been involved in professional photography since 1999.
Tolga is a passionate and creative fashion photographer who has shot memorable bridal fashion. He began his career in advertising photography whilst still a student at the University of Fine Arts in Izmir.
Despite being heavily focused on fashion, Tolga has a remarkable reputation in advertising photography. With the support of a team of two master and two junior photographers, a visit to his webpage gives a fine introduction to his unique perspective on fashion and advertising concepts.
Mehmet Turgut Istanbul portrait photographers
Photographer and director Mehmet Turgut has been working on theoretical photography, printing techniques and painting for many years. He has dedicated most of his time to mastering skills in fine-art photography and has worked with many musicians, actors, actresses and advertising companies as both photographer and director.
He has staged numerous exhibitions and earned countless awards, including Austrian Super Circuit "Emotions - Human Relations" (Gold Medal), "Portrait" (Gold Medal), Photographic Society of America PSA (Gold Medal).
Mehmet has worked with successful names such as Metallica, Apocalpytica, Patricia Kaas, Emma Shapplin and Jay-Jay Johanson.
Cem Kamaoglu Istanbul architecture photographers
Cem Kamaoglu's images make his audience look a little bit closer.
Visit his website for more information.
Serkan Ozalp Istanbul fashion photographers
Serkan Ozalp is an Istanbul-based fashion and advertising photographer. In the '90s he began to photograph cityscapes and landscapes, and after graduating from high school he became fascinated by photography and fine art as a profession.
His elegant fashion, beauty and portrait images always contain a strong visual sophistication and energy. As a fashion photographer, Serkan's work belongs to a tradition of posture and elegance, effortlessly making his subjects look strikingly modern and natural.
He is currently concentrating on fashion photography, advertising and celebrity portraits for various clients and magazines, in addition to continuing his own personal projects.
Hakan Yavuz Istanbul advertising photographers
Hakan Yavuz has over 10 years of professional photography experience. Based in his native city of Istanbul he has shot numerous advertising projects, particularly in the fashion industry. For each project he follows his artistic instincts and passion for aesthetics, producing ever polished and attractive results.
His high profile clientele include Hotel Les Ottomans, one of Turkey's most elegant hotels, Dedeman Palandöken, Dedeman Ski-Lodge, The Central Palace and Pera Tulip. His recent projects include aerial photographs of Istanbul, Life Style magazine and designer Turkish handbag brand Cashhimi.
Hakan is looking to work as a solutions partner on international projects and is willing and able to travel wherever the job may take him.
Clients include: Action, Papatya, Dedeman, Yunteks&Alize, Sel, A46, Bozkurt Pener, The International Vision Center Amsterdam, Harmanci Kumas.
Tuvana Buyukcinar-A46 Istanbul fashion designers
Turkish designer Tuvana Buyukcinar built her career in fashion by following her own set of rules. Known for her celebration of the rich, the embellished and the 'over the top', Tuvana has been rocking the Turkish fashion industry with her unique and original designs since the day she began.
After graduating in 1991, Tuvana officially entered the Istanbul fashion scene working as a stylist for fashion magazines Vizon and Cosmopolitan. In 1999 she began her foray into retail by opening the A46 boutique in partnership with her husband, Selim Demir. What would soon become known as Tuvana's trademark look began its formulations here: butterflies, pink ribbons, colourful hippie-inspired flowing fabrics, whimsical detailing and, most importantly, a fabulous fit.
In 2005 the brand designed and produced costumes for the musical "Yildizlarin Altinda", and Tuvana was subsequently nominated as 'Best Costume Designer' at the Afife Jale Theater Awards. 2005 also saw her start the international brand Tuvanam, with her designs appearing at fashion fairs in London, Milan, Paris, New York and Moscow.
Anjelique Istanbul bars and nightclubs
Anjelique provides quality service combining fun and pleasure across its three floors. The venue provides a pulsating atmosphere for enjoying summer days with delicious food and stunning Bosporus views.
The first floor offers exclusive Asian flavours while on the second and third floors special tastes are prepared by James Wilkins, who formerly worked as executive chef for Michel Bras - one of the world's leading restaurants with 3 Michelin stars.
Anjelique was awarded Best Nightclub in 2002, Best Bar in 2005, and Best Summer Venue in 2007 in the TimeOut Miller Food & Beverage Awards.
Two resident DJs play between the first and top floors, and the venue regularly hosts world-class names. Anjelique also provides sea transportation from its own pier located in front of the restaurant.
Wan-na Istanbul restaurants
Istanbul Doors Group introduced Far Eastern cuisine to Istanbul's bustling nightlife through Wan-na restaurant in December 2003.
Wan-na offers Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese and Chinese specialities along with a dedicated sushi menu. The restaurant was chosen as "The Best Ethnic Restaurant" in the 2004 TimeOut Miller Food & Drink Awards.
- hotels and apartments
Olira Boutique Hotel Istanbul hotels
Gundogan, formerly known as Farilya, is one of the oldest residential areas on the peninsula. Fishing, olive, and mandarin trading were the area's traditional sources of income and a rich history is hidden in the rocky hillside surrounding the town.
The Olira Boutique Hotel & Spa is made up of three separate buildings located in a lovely secret garden where the blue sea is framed by lush greenery. The hotel offers standard and deluxe rooms as well as tastefully decorated suites, each with a minibar, LCD satellite TV, climate control, a safe for valuables, hairdryer and Internet access.
Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, private beach, sun deck, laundry service, room service and water sports.
The Spa centre offers a fitness room, steam room, sauna, massage room and heated pool, along with an A la Carte restaurant.
The Sofa Hotel Istanbul hotels
Cafe Sofa, located on the first floor of the Sofa Hotel, offers gourmet international breakfast, lunch and dinner 24 hours a day. This is the place where specialty coffees and cocktails await the connoisseur all through the day, with free Internet connection for guests a welcome little extra. Patika Bookstore is the place for ardent booklovers who, after a long day, look for a little rest and relaxation in a good book. Guests can browse a rare selection of books in a calm and peaceful environment.