Filmed in Prague: the Instagram capturing the Czech Republic’s cinema city
Prague’s old-world beauty and relatively low production costs have made it a popular destination for filmmakers. Amateur photographer Musa Bektash is going behind the lens to put the scenes of many famous movies in context.
The process is painstaking. Bektash has to match up every line and every corner, which can sometimes make for a lengthy shooting session. I went to Prague Castle to watch Bektash photograph a still from the 1998 Les Miserables, and he told me about the challenges of recreating a scene.
"The first thing is light, and the second is finding the exact spot where they put the camera in the movie. Sometimes I do some shooting, like 30 minutes, 1 hour, and then I realize, oh no, this is not the place!"
"For me it was really impressive. To shoot a couple of seconds they put a lot of things, lot of people working behind background, it was like wow. I was there maybe 20, 30 minutes to watch what they were doing. And then I said okay, I know already some movies shoot in Prague. And then I start searching if I can do something related to movies and Prague and then that's how I started."
Bektash captions the images on his Instagram feed with background about the shooting locations and trivia regarding the films themselves.
"One of my aims is to show Czech people and also tourists from a different perspective Prague, and I wanted to show which movies are shot in Prague, and I wanted to give them information about this place."
"At least I want to live two to three years in Prague, then I will see. But most probably I will move another place, but not Turkey. First I want to live other places, countries, experience the life, different cultures. And then I will see."