You are never sure, never ready, in filmmaking. You expect to find a method within the shooting. When you don’t have all the elements with you, you cannot be sure of anything. So I prefer remembering the atmosphere and try to find a way to express this atmosphere in the shooting. I do my best to do it, and I shoot a lot of things, and I’m always suspicious, I’m never sure. I shoot out of order, of course. In the editing of course, is the only place you can really resolve some of these issues. Something works or it doesn’t. You try to find a way. Sometimes, what we expect to work really doesn’t work in the editing. In general, if you like something in the shooting very much, you don’t like it in the editing. Generally, unexpected things create the miracles in the editing. Knowing this reality, I shoot many different things, so that I can find good surprises in the editing. Sometimes I shoot just the opposite of what I intend to use, only if I feel it, if I feel that I have to shoot that. If there is even very little suspicion in me that something won’t work, I shoot something else in the shooting. I’m not the kind of director that only shoots what I wrote. The script is only a guide, only something to make me feel safe in the shooting. I put the script aside at many times in the shooting.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan