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Creating high-quality corporate video content today is a highly competitive process, where brands need to be at the top of their game to produce material that stands out. This becomes easier when you have a reliable location to launch your film productions, a place with the locations and infrastructure to support your efforts.

Brands from a wide variety of regions could find success filming in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city and a gateway between Europe and the Middle East. Istanbul’s history as a center of trade, government and culture goes back thousands of years to the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. All the many eras of the city have left their mark on its architecture and diverse makeup, adding up to a dynamic filming locale.

Whether your brand is most interested in capturing historic grandeur or modern hustle, you can find a helpful site in or around Istanbul. The local film commission points to Turkey’s unique climate, strong exchange rate and well-developed transport infrastructure as key reasons why international film projects have made Istanbul home. The same factors can help your video shoot thrive — especially if you have the support of industry experts.

The value of an expert-led Istanbul video shoot

When you film in a new location, it pays to have a connection with film professionals who understand the region and can take the lead on matters ranging from permit applications to gear acquisition and navigation around town. For international companies working in Istanbul, it can also include currency conversion, language translation and more.

Crews Control works exclusively with production teams who know their respective regions, delivering a high-touch level of support. With these professionals helping you get acclimated, your talent and internal creative personnel can focus on keeping the overall video strategy on track.

In addition to their regional knowledge, Crews Control video professionals have a high degree of technical video expertise. These experts can provide polished, fully produced video content for your brand without the expense of hiring your own in-house video team or purchasing equipment.

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Our video production services in Istanbul

The footage you capture in Istanbul can fulfill several distinct roles for your business. You may be most interested in internal videos that target your own staff members, such as training clips or messages from management. Alternatively, your brand may be more concerned with external videos such as TV commercials, explainer videos or client testimonials. With the assistance of video experts from Crews Control, you can craft a fully-featured video strategy that reaches both internal and external audiences.

The form of your Istanbul video could range from a seconds-long TikTok clip to an hours-long live stream from a convention or other industry gathering. The level of polish could be Hollywood-level, candid and handmade or anything in between. The most important consideration is what your brand needs at that moment. Video can be the missing piece in an overall communications strategy, fulfilling multiple roles simultaneously for your business.

Our video services in Istanbul include:

  • Interviews and B-roll
  • Event coverage
  • Presentations
  • Drone production
  • Animation and motion graphics
  • Motion pictures
  • Live streaming
  • Panel discussion
  • Man on the street interviews
  • Corporate meetings
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Commercials
  • Broadcast television media
  • Employee training materials
  • Sizzle reels
  • Time-lapse videos
  • Happy-face videos
  • Focus group recordings
  • Testimonials
  • Video news releases
  • Documentaries
  • Web conferencing
  • Red carpet coverage
  • Action and sports video
  • Product demonstration clips
  • …and whatever else you can imagine!

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Unique factors about filming in Istanbul

Every location around the world has its own character as a filming spot, and Istanbul is no different. Once you’ve set up your production in Istanbul with the help of the Crews Control team, you’ll quickly discover important details, including:

  • New and old attractions exist side by side: Whether you’re interested in seeing the Grand Bazaar or intent on filming the thousands of sea creatures in the Istanbul Aquarium, you’ll never run out of places to turn your camera. Or, if you want to take it all in at once, you can head to the top of Buyuk Camlica Hill, the apex of the city.
  • Permission is needed in advance: Filming anywhere in Turkey requires approval, which is handled through the Turkish Film Commission. It’s important to plan ahead for your shoot because it tends to take at least two weeks to receive permission.
  • Snowy mountain vistas are relatively nearby: If you’re looking for some varied scenery in your video, you can capture outdoor footage at the ski resorts around Mt. Uludag. The mountainous region includes the city of Bursa, itself a historical attraction set amid heavy forests.
  • The country is a transportation hub: It’s relatively simple to gather your team in Turkey, no matter where in the world they’re coming from — over 12,000 international flights come into the country every week. This bustling nature reflects the country’s position between Europe and Asia.

Whether your production is mostly focused on ancient monuments or modern city infrastructure, you’ll find plenty to film in Istanbul. Once you and your Crews Control professionals start creating high-quality content in and around Istanbul, you’ll doubtless have plenty of ideas for future projects.

Our Istanbul video crews: Experience and gear

Crews Control directors of photography each come to the role with at least 10 years of industry experience. This background helps them keep projects on track, from initial planning through on-the-fly adjustments. No matter how complex your needs and requirements are, your Crews Control video crew will work with your internal team and talent to achieve your objectives.

In addition to knowledge and experience, Crews Control teams come to every shoot with the best available gear. In today’s market, the vast majority of companies use video marketing, hence, high-quality visual and audio content can help you stand out. Filming with the most advanced technology is a way to achieve that level of perfection and polish. Crews Control’s professionals use gear from Sony, Panasonic, Canon, JVC, Ikegami, Thompson (Philips), Hitachi, RED and Arriflex.


Check Out Our Extensive Camera List:

  • Silicon Imaging SI-2K
  • Silicon Imaging SI-2K Mini
  • Vision Research Phantom v12.1
  • Vision Research Phantom v640

8K, 4K, UHD & 2k


  • Arriflex ALEXA

AVC Intra (NTSC)


  • Sony HXR-NX5U
  • Canon EOS C100


  • Panasonic AJ-HDX 900


  • Panasonic AJ-HDX900E



  • Panasonic AG-HVX200E
  • Panasonic AG-HPX 171E
  • Panasonic AG-HVX 200E
  • Panasonic AG-HVX 200P


  • Sony PMW EX1
  • Sony PMW EX3
  • Sony PMW-EX1R
  • Sony PXW-X70
  • JVC GY-HM700U
  • Sony PMW 300
  • Sony PMW 320
  • Sony PMW-350
  • Sony PMW 400
  • Sony PMW-F3


  • Sony PDW-F355
  • Sony PDW-F350
  • Sony PDW-F330
  • Sony PDW-700
  • Sony PDW-F800
  • Sony PDW-335


  • Canon EOS C500
  • Canon EOS C300
  • Canon EOS C100

Skilled professionals with high-tech equipment can turn a great video idea into a powerful finished product. This is the combination that Crews Control offers your business. Request a free quote now!


By pairing expert crews with technologically sophisticated equipment, Crews Control delivers top-quality results for clients every time.


Some of our Happy Clients

Companies of all sizes entrust Crews Control with their video production needs, from ambitious start-ups to industry-leading corporations, including over half of the Fortune 500. Crews Control has spent the past 30-plus years providing video services that meet these clients’ exact needs and preferences. With our experts on your side, your Istanbul video shoot could become the next Crews Control success story.


Prepared, Creative, Professional and on the 10 scale an 11

I’ve been producing and directing videos for Broadcast (NBC/ABC/CNN/C-SPAN) and Corporate for over 30 years – and Matthew and Dan were one of the best crews I have EVER worked with.




The footage was well done.

Just got out of the edit. Tim did a great job. Considering the talent we gave him to work with, I would go as far as to say he’s a bit of a magician.

Thanks for the help!



Thanks for the great shoot yesterday.

Everything was great and I wanted to let you know that our Executive Producer said the footage we got from the different regions was the best footage he had ever seen come from remote crews that we didn’t have control over. That is a great compliment coming from him.

I appreciate all your help and look forward to working with you again!


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