Well, it is free to say that here but although we have succesfully shot and completed our film, we still cannot send it out to the world. The festival submission fees are devastating if you are a mass sender, which you have to be, and have no sponsor.
What HUNGER is about...
Despite the pitch video above, Hunger is a Drama / Thriller short film. It is 2 minutes long and all the reactions seen on the video are real. As I could not have shown the film itself (due to general festival regulations), I decided to show you how it made people feel. Writing a storyline without revealing anything for a 2min. film is not easy, yet this is our logline:
"Round of a deadly game played by a family of four, where no one seems to have ever existed..."
You can watch the trailer in Vimeo right here: Hunger - Trailer
Why we need help...
This film is completely independent from any production companies, sponsors or any other third party that might interfere with our decisions on the film. That is why, it is shot with a very low-budget (~$1500), volunteering cast & crew.
Now all the post-production completed, it is time to submit the film to festivals. And that is the part with low-budget confliction! As mentioned in the video above, we will be needing around $2500 to submit, ship and print the copies of our film for around 50 festivals. That might sound a lot but for a mighty project as this, it is normal. We even expect some fee waivers after a certain amount of screenings, but it is early to tell yet.
For now, we need each and every dollar we can get. You think contributing $5 would be worthless? Even that would mean a lot for us...
This film had been waiting to be shot for almost 10 years now, before I even knew I would be chasing a career as a filmmaker. Yet, I am glad that I could be patient enough to hold onto such a project and not waste it at an earlier stage. After some years in film making, I finally thought it was time for a serious debut so I gathered my crew (which also happen to be my friends/classmates/instructors) as soon as I had the opportunity to cover the modest budget. I believe it all turned out well and gave me further motivation of carrying on with my career.
Thanks in advance, for helping. And that doesn't only mean contributions... You may not be able to contribute, but that doesn't mean you can't help. I'd appreciate even if you could share this page with your friends, colleagues, family, etc.
The whole crew who helped make this project happen consists of 22 people. And here is the fantastic four:
GÜÇLÜ AYDOĞDU Producer/Writer/Director/EditorGüçlü Aydoğdu is a Turkish filmmaker and photographer living in Ankara, Turkey. He found out his love for visual arts in his early childhood, when his grandfather taught him how to use a photo camera and even process his own films in the dark room. Later, he carried on with his hobby and decided to give a chance to moving images as well. Eventually, he studied at the Department of Communication and Design in Bilkent University and graduated in 2011 achieving to get his Bachelor's degree in 3 years, as the top of the class, with High Honors.
He has taken active part in several projects as director, dp and editor both at school or at corporate business. "Hunger" is his first short film after his graduation, and a debut for his professional approach towards being an auteur.
GÖRKEM TAŞ - Director of Photography
Görkem Taş is born in a small city of Turkey and became a cinephile at early ages. Yet, he initally chose to study Economics in Bilkent University; but in no time he understood that his real trade is filmmaking! So he quit his department and attended Communication and Design Faculty of the same university and earned a full scholarship. Following his graduation, he worked as an assistant director in several commercial productions. Then he realized he wanted further control over the image and worked as a camera assistant in various projects to learn advanced usage of light and camera. Shot several short films and music videos as D.P. ever since, and still doing commercial and film productions in Turkey.
SERDA CEREN SAĞBAŞ - Art Director
Serda Ceren Sağbaş is born in 1988, Ankara. She studied at Communication and Design Faculty of Bilkent University and took part in many projects as a production and costume designer. Having worked in art dept. of several short films, she has created an art installation as her graduation project. She has been actively working in advertising sector since then, and is continuing to do her M.A. in Kadir Has University.
UFUK ÖNEN - Sound Editor
Ufuk Önen is a composer, sound designer, audio recording engineer and filmmaker. He produced and recorded more than 50 albums, EPs and singles in Turkey, his native country; worked as a composer, engineer and sound designer in more than 200 Turkish, European and North American audio-visual projects, including films screened in international films festivals; and recorded and toured with Hazy Hill between 1988-2000.
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Q&A will be regularly updated here. You can post your questions as comment.
Q) Why don't we see the film?
A) As much I'd love to show it to everyone, festivals generally do not accept films that got screened online. So, I'm truly sorry about that... But you can contribute and help me send the film to a festival close by.
Q) How do we know your project is for real?
A) There has even been a news coverage of it in a Turkish national newspaper. Well, the reporters happened to be there, but we were so intriguing to them that they couldn't resist writing an article about it. Here is the link: Hunger News Coverage (Zaman)
Q) Are the people in your pitching video, reacting so to the trailer?
A) Of course not... They are trusted friends and family members of whom I'd like to get opinions of. They saw the whole film. Yes, the whole 2 minutes! Wow!