Turkey A to B
Having created and produced/directed well over two dozen series for broadcasters ranging from Discovery, Travel Channel to Nat Geo I have shot in over 70 countries. Having a trusted local fixer/producer is vital to the success of the production. Cem is one of the best fixer/producers I have worked with, he is experienced, reliable and trustworthy. If you are shooting in Turkey your first call should be to Cem!
The Trail of The Caribou
Cem Yucesoy, The Turkey Fixer! Two Words “The Best”, everything we needed was provided. His professionalism and knowledge of the Gallipoli Area made our Turkey segment of the Documentary “The Trail of The Caribou” a very easy shoot. We were on a tight budget but that did not stop Cem from getting us into the perfect accommodations and great food. We felt by the end of the shoot Cem was a member of the team and we wanted to take him with us to France and Belgium! If we ever head back to Turkey anytime it would be Cem Yucesoy The Turkey Fixer to take care of us be it business or pleasure!
Producer / Camera
The Lost Stories of Gallipoli
I have worked with many fixers in many countries and Cem Yücesoy is up there with the best. He is the quiet achiever who gets things done fast and effectively, without fuss. He fits into a team, maintains a ready smile and is trustworthy. If he says ” it will happen” then it WILL happen. He has excellent contacts throughout Turkey and a mastery of logistics to make a shoot go smoothly.”
Waves of Anzac Cove
Thank you for making Essential Media’s “Waves of ANZAC Cove”’s time filming in Turkey effortless. From the busy alleys of Istanbul to the shoreline and hinterland of Eceabat, nothing was too much trouble and everything went without a hitch. From changing charter boat brief and then and adding an additional vessel to the mix, nothing was too much trouble and there was always a solution, never any problems. Cem, you made our time in Turkey memorable in the best possible way, and the Waves of ANZAC Cove team could not have done it without you. I would not hesitate to recommend you to any other team filming in your beautiful part of the world.
When The Sea Ran Red
We nicknamed him – Cem the Gem! He was a pleasure to deal with from start to finish. We were making an hour long programme on the Irish who died in Gallipoli. Before the trip, he organised the permissions we needed for our visas and advised us on how to go about things. He made everything so easy – hiring the car – picking us up from our hotel, negotiating his way through Istanbul traffic and down to the Gallipoli peninsula; He liaised with locals to get contributors and colour shots; He came up with ideas for locations and was always aware or what would make a good shot; He booked a boat for us to get some pieces to camera and haggled on price. We were on a very tight budget and Cem was very aware of that. What was extremely impressive about him though was that he was such easy company and offered support when we were under pressure. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Cem to anyone.
Ann Marie O Callaghan
Wildest Middle East / Wild Turkey
The shoot was challenging and Cem never sat back for one moment; constantly on hand, organizing logistics or mucking in with carrying/looking after kit. He’s very experienced and efficient on all levels. He gained all the film permits, effortlessly dealt with any red tape, but most importantly he is passionate about making the best film. He’s wonderful with dealing with contributors and during the setup he was on hand to research, recce and find local scouts who could help track species. For a short shoot our expectations were high. Travelling across Turkey to many different habitats he was instrumental in organizing all logistics, taking the budget into consideration and most importantly preempting changes to our schedule.
Game Of Stones
Cem and his team were excellent at accommodating our many last minute requests for locations, equipment, transport and people on the ground. His in-depth knowledge of Turkey, and its culture, was invaluable in making the show work and he was always ready with information and advice. He worked all hours of the day to make sure everything was in place when we needed it. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.