Ethnography of Television Film Sets in Turkey: The Dual Performance of the Cast and Crew

ARZU ÖZTÜRKMEN (Boğaziçi University)

This study explores the sets of dizis, the television drama series in Turkey, whose production and broadcasting processes are tightly interwoven. Shootings are the prime time for the performance of actors, whose first audience is the set crew. Sets offer therefore a layered performance ground where the cast and crew demonstrate their own performativity. Actors’ performances in a given scene occurs within a much larger performance enacted by the other social players of the shooting: the crew members. This performance happens in the form of structured movement systems as well as verbal-art like storytelling, punning, or gossiping.

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