Director: Daghan Celayir
Concept and idea: Daghan Celayir
Client: Turkish Airlines // Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism

AWARDS:
2017, Worldwide Best Tourism Film GRAND PRIX Nomination (To be concluded in January 2017)
2017, PORTO Art & Tour Int.Tourism FF - GRAND PRIX - 3 AWARDS
2017, CANNES Media and TV Awards – PRIX GOLD – Best Tourism Film
2067, 49. KARLOVY VARY Int. Tourfilm Fest – GRAND PRIX
2016, 49. KARLOVY VARY Int.Tourfilm Fest – Best Commercial Film
2016, 49. KARLOVY VARY Int. Tourfilm Fest– City of Karlovy Vary Prize
2016, ZAGREB Int.Tourism Film Fest– GRAND PRIX
2016, ZAGREB Int.Tourism Film Fest – Best Commercial
2016, ZAGREB Int.Tourism Film Fest– Best idea & Best script
2016, SILAFEST Belgrade -GRAND PRIX
2016, Following The Equator - Int. Tourism Film Fest – GRAND PRIX
2016, Following The Equator - Int.Tourism Film Fest – Best Sport Film
2016, US International Film & Video Festival – Creative Excellence Award
2016, ITFF – Bulgaria “On the East Coast of Europe” – GRAND PRIX
2016, Istanbul Tourism Film Festival, Best Film on Destination
2016, Istanbul Tourism Film Festival, GRAND PRIX
2016, Festival Film ART – Poland, GRAND PRIX
2016, Festival Film ART – Poland, Best Film on Destination
2016, Festival Film ART – Poland, Best Picture
2016, Tour Film Riga - Latvia International Tourism Film Festival- Special Jury Prize

Production: Kala Film
Producer: Hazer Baycan & Daghan Celayir
Screenwriting: Daghan Celayir & Musa Paça
Assistan Director: Macide Erkılavuz
Director of Photography: René Richter, Engin Özkaya
Editor: Aylin Zoé Tinel
Talent - Kite Surfer: Annabel Van Westerop
Music: Marios Takoushis
Sound Design and Mix (+Dolby Atmos): Burak Topalakçı - Zound Istanbul
Orchestrator: Alastair King
Orchestra: Fame's - Macedonia
Online: Tuncay Paksoy - Prototip
Grading: Paul Harrison - Finish, London
Aerial Filming - Director of Photography: Ugur İcbak
Underwater - Director of Photography: Chris Bryan
Drone operator: Basar Caner Skyprostudio
Location Manager: Cihan Ocak
2. Assistant Director: Buse Halaçoğlu
Synchronised swimmer: Laçin Akçal
Post Production Coordinator: Asli Erdem
Costume: Derya Uğur
Making of: Akın Çetin

“Two roads diverged in a wood … I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

My aim was to capture the nature and turquoise as the way it was, but from a different perspective, making tourism film far from what has been done before. Feeling the heaviness of the responsibility to make a film for my home country, which the previous one has been made 9 years ago, I have tried to fulfill my vision and dreams for this land, in the surveillance of two big brands, Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism & Turkish Airlines as a client. After months of work, this creation has fly from home to be seen in 45 different countries in all medias.

I should admit, this adventurous project was hard to make. As we start the production in the middle of autumn, for a project which requires summer, we have seen many faces of the nature. Roughness, thunders, storms, cold, extreme warm, heavy wind, heavy rain, no wind (not a great thing if you’re filming kite surfing) whirlpools, vortex in underwater caves. And at a given moment, clouds hided our quest of turquoise waters, then a storm came washing all the earth and bringing to the shores of the sea. There was no chance to film anything for 8 days. Some of the crew members were injured; broken chin, broken ribs, cuts on the legs and arms thanks to the sword like stones, we were mentally and physically exhausted. It felt like we were running after something that we can’t catch. But after the storm, we all learn not take the nature as adversary but to catch the opportunities that allows to us.
Like in all journeys there were heroes involved in, to make our path visible:
The master of plan and crew organisation under any circumstances, Macide Erkılavuz, the courageous and multitalented Annabel Van Westerop, master of light and my third eyes, Rene Richter and Engin Özkaya, the master of delicate editing Aylin Zoe Tinel, courageous on any weather circumstances, the god’s eye view crew, Uğur İçbak (Shotover K1) and Başar Caner (drone), the eyes on the water Chris Bryan, the master of sound design and a dear friend Burak Topalakçı, one of the top colorist in the world Paul Harrison, the man who added tremendous spirit to this film with his music Marios Takoushis, the orchestrator known from The Martian, Gravity, Harry Potter, Alastair King , 72 great musicians of Fame’s orchestra, the most rigorous and efficient online artist Tuncay Paksoy, the hard worker, post production coordinator Aslı Erdem, all the production team of Kala Film and the producer Hazer Baycan who has trusted in me, thank you all !!!

Now, let the stunning turquoise coasts sweep you off your feet and cast into the air by a journey through the exact meaning of “Turquoise.”

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