Category Archives: Film Directing

“Genre Summit” Workshop

I attended the “Genre Summit 3” online horror workshop (April 24th-April 27th). It was very helpful, enjoyable and motivating indeed 😉

The Genre Summit is the first ever platform to focus on horror film production. The workshops presented by horror directors, producers, screenwriters and other experts.

Many thanks to the founder & the host of the Genre Summit, Shant Yegparian and all the horror film professionals who shared their knowledge and experience with us.

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“Women Behind the Camera” Film Screening & Panel Discussion

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I was a panelist for the  4 Film Directors, 4 Films “Women Behind the Camera” Film Screening & Panel Discussion organized by 11th National Short Film Festival on  Thursday, March 28, 2013  at  Dogus University H Block Theatre Hall in Istanbul.

The other panelists were  Bilgi Diren Güneş, Gökçe Pehlivanoğlu and Simge Gökbayrak. The panel was moderated by Asst. Prof. Mustafa Bülbül ( Dogus University- Faculty of Fine Arts And Design, Department of Visual Communication Design)

First,  our short films Metruk (The Abandoned), Oh No! My Father is Retired, Pierrot the Living Statue and Trace were screened and then the panel discussion begun. We talked about our personal journey for the short film genre, our filmmaking experiences, finding fund and sponsorship  for short films.  And finally, we shared our thoughts and experiences about being a female filmmaker in the film industry and in the cinema art which are still male dominated all around the world.

Thank you for the  IKFD/Istanbul Short Filmmakers Association & Dogus University gave us this opportunity.

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Women Directors

I’ve seen my name on the “International List of Living Women Directors” by Women Directors: Navigating the Hollywood Boys’ Club . I’m honoured and thrilled. Thanks for their support.

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Eminönü ’77 (Eminonu ’77)

Eminönü ’77  (Eminonu ’77)

Me and my brother made a one minute silent documentary which is the first film from our Super 8 film footage. We will make the second short documentary film (by using the whole film material) later. Stay tuned! 🙂

Synopsis: Eminonu ’77 is a Vintage Film was shot with a Super 8 movie camera. Filmed by our father in Istanbul in 1977,  mom and Okan take a small boat from Asian Side to European Side to visit Eminonu town which is especially famous with its historical  The New Mosque (Yeni Camii) and traditional pigeon feeding area located front of the mosque.

Edited & Produced & Directed by: Orkide & Okan Ünsür

Filmed by:  Ayhan Ünsür

Appearances:  Nermin & Okan Ünsür

Being Interviewed by “Her Film”

Her Film” is a global project to build audiences for films by, for and about women. Her Film is run by Kyna Morgan in collaboration with Marian Evans  and with contributions by Lotus Wollschlager .  Kyna is a screenwriter and producer as well as a film publicity and marketing professional based in the U.S. and Toronto, Canada. Marian is a writer, cultural activist, filmmaker based in Wellington, New Zealand. She is the author of the Wellywood Woman blog and podcast.  Lotus is the official Her Film Reviewer, and an avid movie enthusiast based in U.S.

“Her Film” begins its country-focused series with female filmmakers and I’m honored and glad to be the first interviewee from Turkey.  Many thanks for their interest and support.

Click here to read the interview:

(source: http://her-film.com/)

Director’s Statement

When I was a child, me and couple of my friends were very interested in playing around abandoned houses. We used to call them “Haunted Houses”. I loved them, though they scared me some.

I find these abandoned houses helpless, sad in a state of condemnation and loneliness. It seems that they have an amount of pride and integrity even in the state they’re in. People neither live in, nor collapse them. Basically, they’re just “hanging around.” People just pass by them without caring nor wondering, taking for granted their destiny to disappear bit by bit.

A home is a very special place which gives us privacy and provides us with a warm, secure nest. It’s our shelter. As a community, we have shared love, joy, happiness and bad times with seemly mixed emotions in these houses. In appearance, it gives a somewhat claustrophobic effect. Almost like our relationships with our love ones. Once we cruelly leave these houses to their loneliness, the house turns into a devastated place as time passes. Like abandoned lovers. These houses are very gothic for me because they bring weirdness which is actually enormously familiar to us normally. Take a word like “Heim” that means home in German and “Unheimlich” (Unhomely) means “creepy, spooky, uncanny”. These two words have the same root “home”. I find them very charming and interesting. The correlation between them is relevant to our lifes.

In my neighbourhood, I have seen these abandoned houses for a long time. I took some pictures last year.

I was thinking about making a short docu this year. Months ago I realized this one in particular, is very close to collapsing because of the fire and it was looking very dangerous for the humans and animals as well in its neighborhood . So I immediately decided to shoot this movie before it was too late! I had no fund at the time or sponsor. I spoke to my cameraman  friend Umut Can Sevindik and his partner Hasan Serin in Alternatiffilm. I explained the situation and how I’ve been feeling about these abandoned houses and mentioned to them about my project. They love the idea! As they believed in the project and supported me. So with a small amount of production & post production money I produced my short film. We worked together and made Metruk (The Abandoned).

Of course there are many other abandoned houses in Istanbul but I just wanted to focus on the ones in my neighborhood only. I aim to help these houses with my movie because if Metruk is screened so many festivals or broadcasted some TV channels the authorities or rich investors may want to refurbish couple of them as they are historical old houses. I consider it to be kind of a duty on my behave to brighten my neighborhood and glorify something that has meaning as well as history.

Orkide Ünsür

Metruk (The Abandoned): A short experimental documentary by Orkide Ünsür

Watch the trailer

Metruk ( The Abandoned )

Genre: Short Experimental Documentary, Duration: 12′ 07”

Producer & Director: Orkide Ünsür, Camera & Editing: Umut Can Sevindik

LOGLINE: Condemned houses are like abandoned lovers.

SYNOPSIS: Condemned houses are like abandoned lovers that once shared good and bad moments. Now, because of abandonment and rejection they are left alone for selfdistruction. They are disappointed, upset and same proud. They’ll try to survive by resisting the passing of time. Yet if the lover comes back again one day, there is no possibility for living again together in the same house as it is. The house is now disconnected, worn by the weather and the aging of its stillness. The home has no more to offer as it once did.

Filmmaker Orkide Ünsür is observing the condemned houses in her neighbourhood…

(Special thanks to Alternatiffilm…)

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