Director Ridley Scott teams up with Turkish Airlines for short film 'The Journey'

The short film that pays homage to the ancient city of Istanbul, the airline’s hub for 85 years, was aired at Super Bowl LIII

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Feb 4, 2019 3:58 PM Updated: Feb 4, 2019 3:58 PM
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Acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott has teamed up with Turkish Airlines to direct a cinematic short film set in Istanbul, where East and West meet 

‘The  Journey’, the story of a chase across the city’s iconic landmarks was shown at Super Bowl LIII on February 3. The film pays homage to the ancient city of Istanbul, the airline’s hub for 85 years. 

The 30-second commercial was featured in the first quarter of the most watched sporting event on the global calendar amongst a line up of some of the world’s most recognisable brands, while the six-minute cinematic short film version was launched simultaneously via Turkish Airlines’ YouTube channel. 

Turkish Airlines debuted “Batman v Superman” campaign with the leading role played by Ben Affleck in 2016. 

M. İlker Aycı, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, commented: “When viewers tuned into the Super Bowl on Sunday they were treated to a stunning portrayal of Istanbul in this thrilling film from Ridley Scott. We invite travelers around the world to join us on our journey and experience true Turkish hospitality at our brand new home at Istanbul Airport.” 

Director and Producer Ridley Scott said: “Istanbul is an inspiring city to build a story around with its beautiful topography surrounded by water. The city is a powerful backdrop to the story that brings together the main characters in an exciting and spectacular way, much as Istanbul has done for generations.”

Sylvia Hoeks, known for her role in ‘Blade Runner’ 2049, plays the leading role alongside key Istanbul sights such as Çırağan Palace, Basilica Cistern, Ortaköy Square and Istanbul Airport.  Istanbul Airport hosted the shooting with a cast of 250 people while the film in total starred 500 actors. The scenes at the airport portray Turkish Airlines’ cabin crew wearing their new uniforms as well as innovations in inflight cabin design. 

Four promotional versions and a six-minute cinematic short film were created as well as a behind-the-scenes special that details the entire experience including interviews with the director and cast. 

Previous high profile Turkish Airlines collaborations include sports stars Lionel Messi and Kobe Bryant, actor Morgan Freeman and Kevin Costner, and “THE JOURNEY” stars actresses Sylvia Hoeks and Aure Atika.

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