production notes

POYRAZ / BOREAS 

-----The film was shot on location in the family village of the director, in Ordu, on the Northeastern Black Sea Region of Turkey. The derelict family house in the village was redecorated as in old times.

-----The principal photography started on the 17th September 2005 and took twelve days. The crew went back to the location one month later for four-day pickup shooting.

-----140 minutes (appx. 4000 meters) of 35mm Kodak film stock (all short-ends!) was used for the 13-minute film. The first draft was 19 minutes.

-----Offline editing with Final Cut Pro 5 took nearly seven months (with part-time working) being completed in March 2006.

-----This appx. USD30,000-budget short film was supported mainly by the director's family with big sacrifices (both financially and through providing accommodation, catering, transportation etc.) as well as the top-notch studios and laboratories from the Turkish film industry via providing either in-kind support or great discounts.

-----The film is a debut:

      for Belma Bas both as writer and director,
for Mehmet Y. Zengin as director of photography,
for Berke Bas as a picture (and sound) editor for a fiction work.

-----All the actors are non-professional and it's their first time appearance on the silver screen. Besides, they are all natives of the region and relatives of the director: the ferryman, her father; Lutfiye (the woman), her mother; Reis (the man) her mother's brother; the child, her niece; and the "old lady" a very close neighbor whose mother and uncle once looked after by the director's family in the village house where the film was shot.

-----The actor O. Rustu Bas (the ferryman), started to grow beard for his part 12 months preceding the principal photography, for the first time in his life and only for 15 seconds of screen time.