We took the fate of ‘Istanbul story’ into our hands by whatever means at our disposal, whatever the budget – due to the global financial crisis which reduced substantially film funding and production budgets, investors and donors. But no matter the thin budget, Emre remained calm and confident, always searching for solutions to the increasing problems in this demanding common effort. After all, that’s the way to defend and protect the director’s creative work and craft. Working close together in pre-production, preparation and shooting, I appreciated his communication talent and power of arguments, his sensibility, as well his honesty, sincerity and fairness on all issues. Concerning also the terms and conditions for artistic collaborations, productivity and creativity to make better movies. There is a bright future waiting SKY and its mastermind.

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