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Gokhan Okur - Last train ride

4:00, 2006, Animation
A bored, desperate, lonely man in New York and what he has in his mind. First steps to madness.
DirectorGokhan OkurProducerJoe CheWriterJoe CheCrewMusic: Jigsaw Soul

CountryTurkeyEdition2010

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Interview

Who is Gokhan Okur?
Gokhan Okur was born in 1981. He makes illustrations, graphic design and movies for the last 6 years. His work was shown in several festival in USA, Canada, Poland, Turkey. Now he studies a master degree in visual communication design and works as a freelance designer.


Why filmmaking?
Actually I am an illustrator and I wanted to see what will I do when the time concept involves in my drawings. So the films occur.


Last Train Ride is about...
A bored, desperate, lonely man in New York and what he has in his mind. First steps to madness.


Financing your movie?
This film is a no-budget movie. I did every thing on my own in my own computer. For high volume editing I used the facilities of my university. Music is done by Triboro Sound.


New Media; a challenge for film makers?
Internet gives a big opportunity for independent filmmakers to distribute their films. And new technologies make film making much more easier and available for people. So idea and concepts becomes much more important than craft of film making.


Do your films have style, just as some painters have?
Films have styles, that is the signature of director. I am in an amateur stage of my film production. I need more time to define my own style. Just now I am experimenting.


Individual film making or co-operation?
I prefer working on my own. But sometimes I apply to specialists about music, sound design and special effects. Keeping the team as small as possible makes the work much more controllable. My spciality lies in concept visualization and directing.


The future...
I am planning to continue to film making. Upgrade my skills and story telling techniques.
My dream is to gain international recognition.


Did you ever had another ambition in life than to become a filmmaker?
My primary ambition is to become a more skilled illustrator. But film making gives a different pleasure than still illustrations. Right now I am focus on animation and motion graphics so I do all my work in digital environment. I use general softwares like Photoshop, Flash, Premier etc. I have my own graphic tablet which saves a lot of time.


All other remarks
This film is done for Triboro Sound. Triboro Sound is producing a performance project combining music, film, modern dance and other artistic disciplines.

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