Baris Azman / Filmmaker

Forum Istanbul – Assistant Director

Posted in Commercial, News by barisazman on September 7, 2009


At the end of August I was an assistant director on a commercial done for Forum Istanbul. Europe’s largest indoor mall. The production was a mix of Dutch and Turkish professionals. I was approached by Dutch company Boegbeeld to work as an assistant director, which comprised of me overlooking the duties of the day on the set, communicating with the different departments (lighting, catering, security, production) as a translator. And in directing the Turkish actors, since the director himself was Dutch and didn’t speak Turkish. It was a very fortunate thing, because the production was looking for someone who had experience in filmmaking, knew Dutch and Turkish and had worked with child actors before.

It was a really great experience, met lots of good people, had a very pleasant stay in Istanbul. The whole production was top notch (hotel, transportation, catering) and the collaboration was smooth and relaxed. I also had a chance to work with Willem Nagtglas again, my cinematographer on EFENDI, who was shooting this commercial too. During the shoot I was asked to act a small part in the commercial too, so look for me when the commercial airs in Turkey somewhere next month.

I could talk more about the project, but I will let the pictures to most of the talking. Click on More to see some other pictures. (If you’re a friend of me on Facebook, you can see more pictures there)