My story in a nutshell
Yavuz Selim Isler is a Dutch-Turkish cinematographer living in the Netherlands.
He is born on March 2, 1998 in the capital Ankara, Turkey as the son of Sezgin and Suzan Isler. When he was two, Yavuz Selim and his mother migrated to the Netherlands. Seven years later his father followed and the family finally reunited.
His first encounter with film was at the age of eight when he was making stop motion videos with his Lego toys. Later, when fourteen, he wanted to work more professionally, so he knocked on the door of his local television station to ask if he could work there as a cameraman and editor.
In the years that follow Yavuz Selim gained up experience in working fast and efficient. After doing lots of television work, he made the step to film after he went to the Graphic Lyceum in Rotterdam, a vocational school oriented to media, entertainment and technology. Peterjan van der Burgh is the one who taught him the art of cinematography. While studying, Yavuz Selim did an internship at Dutch cinematographer Robert Max Berger NSC. He graduated with his film Boxer in 2017 and from that moment his life turned into a roller coaster.
In the summer of 2017 he shot his first feature film Silent Storm which won several awards including the one for Best Film at the Euregion Film Festival. 2017 was also the year he attended the Netherlands Film Academy for cinematography. During his study he shot two projects on analog film, the coming of age film Mehmet & Tim (2019) and the documentary Als Er Gedanst Is (2019) who both received positive critics. In his third year he shot the psychological thriller Para (2020). Next to his school projects he continued to work on short films like Little Man (2018) and Ella (2018) who was almost entirely shot in the interior of a moving car. Now he is in his final year and expects to graduate in 2021.