Hezarfen is a historical Turkish character. The story takes place in 1632 in Istanbul, where he will attempt the first flight of the human being.
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Hezarfen Ahmed Celebi
10 October 2013 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

Hezarfen is an animated short film by Tolga Ari and Romain Blanchet, attributes to the story of Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi who was an Ottoman scholar from 17th century became one of the first achievers to fly with a wing which was fully enhanced and designed by him from feathers. To let readers being more informed about Hezarfen: His original name was Ahmed Çelebi and in due course of the reign of Murad IV Ghazi, Ahmed was begun to be called Hezarfen, means sophisticated, by the subjects of Istanbul owing to his extensive knowledge and his numerous attempts for flying. In 1632 Hezarfen climbed up to Galata Tower where he achieved to fly over Bosporus on a stormy day with covering a 3358 meters distance to Anatolian side of Istanbul.

The success story of Hezarfen was turned into a screenplay differently by writers in that short movie; He even dreads to jump over from Galata tower to set off his flying over and his attempt brings about chaos into Istanbul. However incorporating of the components of chaos is totally a cliché among numerous other animated shorts such as; Tangled Ever After(2012), Parigot(2010), hereby the animated short would be much more remarkable and prospering if the original story was kept.

Even though the screenplay seemed to me unauthentic I feel obligated to speak about how the visual-effects were marvelous in movie; here it must be thrown light on that animated short owes many thanks for its prospering visual effects to Tolga Arı who is an expert of visual effects works miracles within the company 'Double Negative'. Tolga Ari proved his accomplishment many times as being in charge of visual effects of substantial movies e.g. 'Skyfall(2012), Fast & Furious 6(2013), Man of Steel(2013). It is surely beyond doubt that, his talent was obvious from the visual effects of Hezarfen which was Tolga's first occupation.


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