Film producer and digital storyteller Tunç Topçuoğlu (@Tunctop), has been creating spaces where they can tell their stories combining different tools and channels since their university years. Working with many local and global brands and producing specific stories for each medium, the artist followed the events with us at festivals such as Web Summit, SXSW, Cannes Lions and prepared the videos that we shared at the time. New creators that we host as guests at the meeting He receives academic training in Turkey and the Netherlands, detects created by the different disciplines and we had the opportunity to talk about being very disciplined. Tunç Topçuoğlu reflects his creativity and storytelling in his latest project.
“We are two but I am alone” prepares to raise awareness among young people
The short film “We are two but I am alone” aims to raise awareness about the prevention of substance use. Film; Carried out by the University of Harran, Norway, Portugal, Poland and Turkey as partners, the “Prevention of drug abuse for young people” was prepared in the framework of the Erasmus + project KA205. It aims to raise awareness about the prevention of substance use among young people.
The project, carried out under the umbrella of the University of Harran and the association called Dapy.org, is a project funded by Erasmus and the EU. Hakan Gülerce, the founder of the association, contacts the artist and director Tunç Topçuoğlu to carry out an effective creative production and create a work. Tunç Topçuoğlu, who previously produced these types of social projects focused on analog, paper, drawing, stopmotion under the umbrella of El Turco Digital, is involved in the work because he supports the project and the idea behind it.
The film is currently being used in online trainings, but it may be seen on social media and television as a public announcement in the future. The first film of the project was released, which consists of a series of 3 films, “We are two but I am alone.” Tunç reported that work on the second film has begun and that the second film will be released soon. In this film the story of a real drug addict will be told. In the last film, the harms of the drugs will be recounted one by one.
We had the opportunity to hear the story, the production process and the stages of the film “We are two but I am alone” from Tunç Topçuoğlu, who is the script and director. Have a good read!
“We are two but alone, the production of the film was completely analog.”
How did the process start?
Tunç Topçuoğlu: The process started with the fact that a professor (Hakan Gülerce) from the University of Harran became my follower and if he spoke to me about this delicate subject, the artist and director Tunctop would tell me clearly and entertainingly. Hakan Gülerce, the founder of the association, wanted to create effective work, but anything that was done creatively about the harms of substance use was encouraged or lacking in interest. The team contacted me at this point and we began this journey.
How long did the movie take to complete? What phases did the project go through?
Tunç Topçuoğlu: It took almost 4 months to give the correct message, prepare the lyrics and music, make the pictures and color them. The drawing and coloring process ended at the end of a 2-month study, while the rest of the montage, music and animations were completed. Although the project employees were not physically seen, a more well-done work emerged.
During the production process in which Hakan Gülerce and his team participated, I realized the entire production alone. I own the lyrics of the songs, the character designs, all the drawings, shootings, montages and animations of the project, whose images are produced only with pencil and paper. I produced everything in-house analogously, including the colors and 3D cutouts.
Colorful illustrations and sound design increase interest
Tunç Topçuoğlu: Cartoonist I’ve been a fan of since my youth during the pandemic Emrah ablak I had the opportunity to meet online for about 3-4 months and I specialized in caricature. I had the opportunity to learn from him about storytelling, character creation, and illustration techniques through Zoom and Whatsapp. As I also participated in Emrah Ablak’s karikafilm processes, I decided that this technique was correct to explain this kind of sensitive subject in the most precise and naive way.
At the end of the day, Emrah Ablak is a cartoonist and I am a director. As it is impossible for me to achieve the line quality and scanning techniques of Emrah Ablak, I always tried to see the work in the style of the storyboard. For example, my frames are rectangular and colored. The reason for this is to capture the viewer’s attention in addition to the detail of my drawing. I also add detailed animations and sound designs to these colorful drawings so the interest never goes away.
Think about it, someone has thought of a sitting story, drew this story, and recorded what they drew on camera. While watching this movie on the screen, you can even see the pencil drawing of the person who draws it. In an environment where technology is so dominant, it’s impossible not to look at this old-fashioned approach without blinking an eye.
Why a song narration?
Tunç Topçuoğlu: Karikafilm, Ablak’s invention, has a static format. In this project, sound design is of great importance in telling the story. I have a lot of confidence in the sound design of this project. SOCIAL MUSIC We did it with your team. This team, consisting of a former advertiser Emre Çakar and a former banker Eren Tokgöz, make social music with the rest of the team, just like their names. It is also possible to say that the team has created quite interesting projects during the pandemic process.
Script: Tunç Topçuoğlu
Director: Tunç Topçuoğlu
Music: Social Music
Project coordinators: Dr. Hakan Gülerce, Dr. Ruken Macit
Supervisor: Dr. Murat Coşkun
Visual: Tunç Topçuoğlu