Emre Korkmaz is a writer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles.
Emre was born and spent his formative years in the vibrant European side of Istanbul, Turkey. His most influential early experience was playing one of the leading roles in a successful high school play, portraying a Turkish poet stricken by poverty right after the Second World War. The intense character study conducted under the tutelage of Turkish National TV’s acting coaches during the year-long rehearsals kindled his interest in storytelling, which led to his desire to study theater, but at his family’s and teacher’s insistence that he should study a subject with more practical job opportunities, he studied business management.
He ended up landing a well-paid job in an American company in Istanbul even before completing his bachelor’s degree. Although he tried to remedy the insipid character of his creative life with weekend photojournalism, after a four-year career in finance, he was no longer able to ignore the voice in his heart. He quit his job and moved to California to study filmmaking.
He studied digital video and multimedia while working as a production assistant and boom operator in movies. After gaining adequate production experience, he prepared his graduate application and was fortunate enough to be accepted into some of the world’s most distinguished film schools: AFI, Chapman, UCLA, and USC. He studied directing at UCLA and screenwriting at USC, making short and feature films: www.imdb.com/name/nm2408701/
He recently completed his MFA degree in screenwriting from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with the prestigious “Honor of Distinction.” Emre is currently developing documentary and feature film projects.