Yeşilçam (TV series)

Yeşilçam is a period drama directed by Çağan Irmak and written by Volkan Sümbül and Levent Cantek. The series, broadcast on Turkish digital platform BluTV, is about Turkish cinema in 1960s. It stars Çağatay Ulusoy, Afra Saraçoğlu and Selin Şekerci in the leading roles.[1]

Yeşilçam
Yesilcam series poster.jpg
Series poster
Also known asYeşilçam Bir Sinema Hayvanı
Genre
Created byBluTV
Starring
Country of originTurkey
Original languageTurkish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Running time45 minutes
Production companySunset film
DistributorCalinos Entertainment
Release
Picture format
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseApril 22, 2021 (2021-04-22)
External links
Website

CastEdit

PlotEdit

A story of a producer's survival during the golden years of Turkish cinema known as Yeşilçam. Semih Ates is a young, handsome and ambitious film producer who is the owner of Ates Film. When he is betrayed by his business partner Vehbi, Semih is forced to leave everything behind and start a journey from scratch. He immediately opens a new company named Buyuk Ates Film and aims to make a successful film as soon as possible in order to survive in the Turkish film industry. At the same time he tries to win back his unforgettable ex-wife, Yeşilçam's famous actress Mine Cansu. Hakan, who is both Semih's partner and Mine's brother, introduces Tülin to Semih, whom he saw by chance and believed to have starlight. Tülin, a young and talented girl, will slowly change the balance in Semih's life. [2]

ProductionEdit

ScriptEdit

Yeşilçam is the third collaboration between the scriptwriters Levent Cantek and Volkan Sümbül. They wrote the pilot in forty days and then wrote all ten episodes within five months. Turkey's leading digital platform BluTV[3] ordered the 2nd season in October 2019, and it was completed by December 2020.[4]

In an interview, Levent Cantek said he watched about 80 percent of the films released in Turkey in 1964 to understand better the political atmosphere and people's ways of living.

Casting and crewEdit

There were speculations about Çağatay Ulusoy joining the project being produced by ES film since Çağan Irmak, the director of the project started following him on social media. BluTV announced on December 5, 2020, that they are producing a period drama series that will showcase Turkey in the 1960s and confirmed the news that Çağatay Ulusoy is gonna be the leading actor.[5]

Afra Saracoglu was then signed as one of the leading actresses of the project.[6] In the show, Çağatay Ulusoy gives life to a film producer named Semih Ateş as he loses everything in the cinema world and tries to rise from his ashes and regain everything through his newly found company as he experiences the golden age of Turkish cinema.

At the same time Afra Saraçoğlu and Selin Şekerci accompany Çağatay Ulusoy. Afra Saraçoğlu plays the role of young and beautiful Tülin Saygı who knocks on the door of Turkish cinema Yeşilçam to become a true artist while Selin plays the role of Mine Cansu, one of the most beloved names of the industry and ex-wife of Semih Ateş. In addition to Çağatay Ulusoy, Afra Saraçoğlu and Selin Şekerci, successful and master names such as Güngör Bayrak, Nilüfer Açıkalın, Altan Erkekli, Yetkin Dikinciler, Özgür Çevik, Ayta Sözeri and Bora Akkaş meet in the cast of Yeşilçam.[7]

Çağan Irmak became the director of the project. This was the first time Çağatay Ulusoy and Çağan Irmak were working together although they had already met each other during the 2015 Rome film festival. Speaking about Çağan Irmak, Çağatay Ulusoy said in an interview with Episode Yerli that Çağan is a master director who has a lot of knowledge about the era which is shown in the series.[8] It is one of the few productions in which Çağan Irmak didn't write the script.

FilmingEdit

Filming of the series began in January 2021. Filming was done in Istanbul in the Beyoğlu district near Taksim Square. It was also done in Yeşilçam street and Ayhan Işık street. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all the restaurants were closed, so the crew didn't have to take care of onlookers.[9] The mayor of Beyoğlu district visited the series set and assured the crew that even due to the pandemic, work on the series should not stop. It is the highest budgeted series of BluTV. Istanbul serves as a necessary "actor" for the series. The show focuses on the political and social changes of Turkey. Gökhan Tiryaki was the director of photography. In Seka Park in İzmit, 55,000 m2 (590,000 sq ft) of indoor space and 300,000 m2 (3,200,000 sq ft) of open space, the filming on Europe's largest film plateau shows every detail of 1960s, from Beyoğlu's famous venues to nostalgic trams of İstiklal Avenue.[10]

OverviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110April 22, 2021 (2021-04-22)June 10, 2021 (2021-06-10)
210October 28, 2021 (2021-10-28)December 10, 2021 (2021-12-10)

Season 1 (2021)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"I'll Make a Movie That'll Cure the Ill"Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek,Volkan SümbülApril 22, 2021 (2021-04-22)
22"Queen's Tears"Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülApril 22, 2021 (2021-04-22)
33"Dancing Child"Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülApril 29, 2021 (2021-04-29)
44"One September Day"Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülApril 29, 2021 (2021-04-29)
55"Where is the Love, Where is the Corpse?"Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülMay 6, 2021 (2021-05-06)
66"Little Big Wounds"Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülMay 13, 2021 (2021-05-13)
77"Flowers and Weeds"Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülMay 20, 2021 (2021-05-20)
88"Cage"Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülMay 27, 2021 (2021-05-27)
99"Problematic Movie"Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülJune 3, 2021 (2021-06-03)
1010"The Hell Within Us"Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülJune 10, 2021 (2021-06-10)

Season 2 (2021)Edit

First part of season 2 released on 28th October 2021 with first five episodes.Second part is set to be released on 10th December 2021

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111""Nice house""Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek,Volkan SümbülOctober 28, 2021 (2021-10-28)
122""A snake by the sea""Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülOctober 28, 2021 (2021-10-28)
133""The happiest fire in Istanbul""Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülOctober 28, 2021 (2021-10-28)
144""An apartment in Beyoğlu""Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülOctober 28, 2021 (2021-10-28)
155""4 years ago""Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülOctober 28, 2021 (2021-10-28)
166"TBA"Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülDecember 10, 2021 (2021-12-10)
177"TBA"Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülDecember 10, 2021 (2021-12-10)
188"TBA"Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülDecember 10, 2021 (2021-12-10)
199"TBA"Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülDecember 10, 2021 (2021-12-10)
2010"TBA"Çağan IrmakLevent Cantek, Volkan SümbülDecember 10, 2021 (2021-12-10)

ReceptionEdit

Yesilcam had a gala premiere a day before its release. The show was praised by critics. Many praised Cagatay Ulusoy for his portrayal of Semih Ates. Many commented on how it takes the viewer to the nostalgic period. Turkish site Beyazperde had criticized the characters of the series and said they didn't match with the settings of the 1960s.However it praised Cagatay ulusoy,Yetkin Dikinciler,Altan ekrekeli and Ozgur Cevik.It, in particular, praised Cagatay Ulusoy and mentioned that he suits the role, and Ozgur Cevik lives it to the fullest. Overall, it gave a positive review when subsequent episodes were released [11] . Another critic commented about great acting while praising the script and master director Cagan Irmak for showing realism.

Yesilcam was an excellent success for the digital platform Blutv. After the first two episodes were released on 22 April 2021, the CEO of the platform himself announced that the viewership numbers were very high and thanked the audience for showing interest in the project. In addition, the dance sequence of Cagatay Ulusoy and Afra Saracoglu was praised. The actors had undergone practice for a week to perfect it.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bu haberi vermek için daha fazla bekleyemedik". Archived from the original on 10 December 2020.[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ http://www.calinosentertainment.com/en/film/133
  3. ^ "Discovery to acquire 35% shareholding interest in Turkey's BluTV". seenews.com.
  4. ^ International, Cagatay Ulusoy (May 4, 2021). "The View from the Creators: Our Interview with "Yeşilçam" Screenwriters".
  5. ^ "Çağatay Ulusoy Blu TV Dizisinde Oynayacak".
  6. ^ "Yeşilçam dizisinde Çağatay Ulusoy'un partneri Afra Saraçoğlu oldu". Mynet Magazin.
  7. ^ "Yeşilçam | Yakında Sadece BluTV'de!" – via www.youtube.com.
  8. ^ "Cagatay Ulusoy Episode Yerli 2021". CAGATAY ULUSOY NORTH AMERICA.
  9. ^ "Where is Çağatay Ulusoy's TV series filmed?". Turkish Series: Teammy. January 16, 2021.
  10. ^ "Yesilçam (Green Pine) Synospis and Cast: Turkish Drama".
  11. ^ "İnceleme: Yeşilçam'da Bir Küçük Hollywood".

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