Week 4 : Location Research

My Kitchen (Change Of Location)

Due to the recent news of going back into level 3 lockdown, I have made the decision to change my location to my kitchen. I decided it would be easier to have a location I am able to access often and at this stage I am unsure when we will be out of lockdown so getting to my location isn’t possible. Although this wasn’t my initial idea, I had originally thought of choosing my kitchen when deciding on a location so I have an idea of what kind of film I would like to create but I will need to further define my idea and do a lot of research to catch up the weeks I have lost focusing on the Hamilton Gardens.

Video Research

Sebastian Mayrs approach to this food reel is very calming and elegant, everything is smooth and flows well with the soothing music. He uses slow motion to capture these elegant movements and highlight the attention to detail and care that goes into creating these foods.

  • Close ups/ Extreme Close Ups
  • Action Shots
  • Slow Motion
  • Blue/ Cyan Hue
  • Soothing Soundtrack
  • Underwater Shots
  • Order (Prep, Cook, Style, Garnish)

Jurek Dytkiewicz’s approach is a lot more upbeat and makes extensive use of stop motion to demonstrate processes like create of eating a sandwich. These rapid transitioning images work well with the beats of the music. He also has some very impressive and almost seamless transitions, that look like they are part of the same sequence making these footage almost look like an illusion, specifically the cutting of the vegetables around 1:40. I imagine this would be very difficult to do and get everything to line up so perfectly but I would be interest in experimenting and giving something similar a go.

  • Stop Motion
  • Fast Past Soundtrack
  • Slow Motion
  • Speed Ramping
  • Camera Movement
  • Transitions
  • Camera Angles

In this film Jurek uses a lot of speed ramping to smoothly ramp up or ramp down the speed of his clips to emphasise the movements. There is also some sound effects added in post production to accompany the action in the shots which can help make the film more immersive and the viewer feel a part of it as it activate another sense.

  • Transitions
  • Speed Ramping
  • Stop Motion/ Video
  • Action Shots
  • Underwater Shots
  • Extreme Close Ups
  • Flow
  • Sound Effects

Sven Siegrist captured a lot of moving liquid throughout his film as due to the unpredictable movements they make upon impact it makes for great slo-motion footage. Sven also demonstrates great use of carrying camera angles and movements into the following shots to create more seamless and flowing transitions.

  • Camera Movement
  • Stop Motion
  • Flying Food
  • Action Shots
  • Close Ups/ Extreme Close Ups
  • Food Textures
  • Timelapse
  • Underwater Shots
  • Transitions

Video Research Reflection

This week I did a lot of research to find the elements that make an effective food reel film, these include high action/movement, using slo-motion, incorporating different filming styles (including stop motion, timelapse) and using camera movement to create seamless transitions to transition between footage that is related. I realise that most of the researched footage above are B-roll sequences which lack narrative/story as they are more commercial/advertisement focused however I would like to use this style but attempt to add a personal underlying narrative to the film.

Shooting Slow Motion

I did a lot of research into how to effectively capture slo-motion footage with my DSLR to still achieve a cinematic effect, as attempting to slow down footage with my normal settings would affect my playback frame rate and make my footage look choppy. To avoid this I needed to increase the frame rate at which my camera recorded at, by default my camera only shows 24fps and 60fps which would only allow me to slow my film to half speed and still achieve a cinematic playback of 24fps. After some digging I found my camera had a extra mode called ‘Variable Frame Rate’ which allowed me to change my fps up to 170 at full HD. Shooting at 170 fps would allow me to slow down my footage down to around 1/7th of normal speed.

Location Textures

Above are some of the textures I took in my location. The textures seen here are a mixture of earthy & raw but also some that are quite fine grained and repetitive. At this point I am unsure about how I can incorporate these textures into my film, but if I do I would like to take a subtle approach.

Location Typography

I decided to take some photos of typography found within my location as reference incase I would like to incorporate text in my film. A common trait you can see in most of these photos is the use of an organic typeface.

#1 Moodboard

I put together a moodboard of images I found online that I could possible use to inspire the scenes I could capture for my film, including displaying foods in action. I also kept in mind the color scheme as its full of natural and earthy colors which I think would help re-enforce the natural and healthy eating aspect of my film.

Further Ideas

Below are some proposed ideas I hope to experiment with throughout this filming process to hopefully achieve my desired results.

  • Immersed within location
  • Bringing food scenes to life
  • Shooting at 170fps
  • Extreme Close Ups/ Close ups
  • Kitchen Establishing Shot
  • Food Textures
  • Action Shots
  • Underwater Shots
  • Transitions
  • Camera Movement/ Angles
  • Stop Motion
  • Timelapse
  • Upbeat Instrumental Soundtrack

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