December 8, 2023

Filming in Iskele

Steven Roberts continues his report on the making of the film ‘Reis’ about the life of Turkish President Erdogan on location in Iskele.


Iskele5Filming has now started in Iskele, as you can see from these pictures. The shops have been changed to look like Istanbul in the 1950s and 1960s, and there are even film posters from the era in evidence.



The ‘butchers shop’ shown here was still in use in its normal role of a hairdressers behind the false front. In this picture you can also see the ‘stone’ wall (actually plastic), and the wooden windows, which have been constructed to hide the UPVC ones underneath.


You can also see the way a straw side on a building has been used to hide a satellite dish from view!

Considerable use has been made of wooden frames, tin roofs and cloth awnings in order to hide 21st century signs, and in many places painted wooden ones have been installed.

Filming is due to last for another couple of weeks, so come and have a look at how central Iskele is being transformed while you have the chance.

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