Not To Be

To be, is being succesfull within the rules that are well accepted in the society. If you are unsuccessful for others, you don't exist. For a non-existent individual, failure is nothing but a monotony. Not to be, is the monotonous life of the people that aren't even be able to vanish.

  • Onur Akın
  • Onur Akın
  • Onur Akın
  • Onur Akın
  • Murat Livaneli
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 18, 2013
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • Onur Akın
    Country: Turkey
    Rights: All Rights, Internet
Director Biography - Onur Akın

Born on the 15th of October, 1994, in Turkey, the early life of our subject was one of constant movement and change. The nature of his family's business necessitated frequent relocations, engendering a childhood and adolescence punctuated by shifts between cities and schools. These experiences, while disruptive, cultivated an introverted demeanor which lasted through his university years. The isolation fostered a deep interest in books and cinema and an exploration into the world of computers and technology.
His linguistic prowess is noteworthy, with Turkish as his mother tongue, he has developed a fluency in English and a working proficiency in Spanish. This polyglot nature is reflective of his diverse life experiences. His perspective on life is deeply shaped by a pronounced atheistic worldview and a skeptical outlook towards established ideologies.
His intellectual influences draw from an illustrious line-up of writers and philosophers. Friedrich Nietzsche, the provocative and iconoclastic German philosopher, remains his favorite, providing much of the intellectual fodder for his thoughts and inspirations. The works of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Franz Kafka, and Albert Camus also figure prominently in his literary influences, offering a nuanced view of the human condition.
His taste in cinema is as distinctive as his literary preferences. He admires directors like Quentin Tarantino, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, and Andrei Tarkovsky, each renowned for their unique styles and storytelling prowess.
His engagement with the arts is not limited to passive consumption. From an early age, he showed a proclivity for acting, participating in numerous theatrical productions. Towards the end of his high school years, he took on roles as a theatre instructor and a Latin dance teacher. He pursued an undergraduate degree in acting at Beykent University, during which time he balanced academic pursuits with various jobs and engagements in several projects. At the age of 19, he directed his first short film, "Not To Be."
His time in Istanbul was characterized by extensive involvement in the digital advertising sector, where he worked as a graphic designer and videographer. He also served as an editing assistant, production assistant, and director's assistant in several production companies. His first long-form film experience was with the movie "Kanlı Postal," where he played the role of a torturer, and contributed as an assistant director and editing assistant.
Upon graduation, he moved to Hungary for a year to further his English language skills, followed by a year in Spain to learn Spanish. Upon his return to Turkey, he worked as a freelancer for several years, a professional arrangement that continues to this day.
He is currently enrolled in the Film Design and Management program at Başkent University and the Visual Communication Design program at Anadolu University. His recent work includes serving as a cinematographer, editor, and actor in several award-winning short films. His latest project is a short film titled "Benmentor," released in 2023. His journey, marked by constant learning and exploration, testifies to a life lived at the intersection of arts, technology, and self-discovery.

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

As the director of "Not To Be," I endeavored to explore the introspective journey of a solitary man who exists invisibly within society, wrestling with apathy and existence. The film's theme resonates with those who grapple with feelings of nihilism, depression, desolation, and suicidal tendencies, reflecting a corner of the human condition that is often left unexplored.

The notion of 'failure' as depicted in the film is an illusion originating from our inability to fulfill the societal obligations imposed upon us. We tend to measure success through the lens of societal expectations, yet through the narrative of "Not To Be," I seek to encourage viewers to see the merit in a life lived for oneself, without the compulsion to prove anything to anyone. I aspire to inspire viewers to break free from society's cyclical constraints and seek authenticity over ostensible success.

My inspiration for this film was drawn from extensive contemplation of indifference and existence, fueled by an array of literature on the subject. The darkness, sepia undertones, and muted ambiance of the film serve as a mirror of this introspective exploration, setting a stage for the profound existential dialogues that unfold.

As my debut short film, the process of creating "Not To Be" presented a myriad of technical challenges and doubts around narrative delivery. Despite these, I prevailed, learning from each difficulty and growing as a filmmaker.

The completion of "Not To Be" has allowed me to convey an emotion and context that had long been building within me. This achievement has made me realize the true reason behind the existence of art: to communicate deep-seated feelings and ideas to others. It represents a significant step in my artistic journey, reaffirming my belief in the power of cinema as a means of expression and connection. It is through this lens of artistic expression that I will continue my journey as a filmmaker, eagerly anticipating where this path may lead.