A Bit of Fun with Truffles

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Every now and then I get to really have fun on a shoot.

Take a look at the finished video on Vimeo

Take a look at the finished video on Vimeo

In late March, with NAB looming and the James Beard Awards coming to Chicago for the first time, my crew and I descended into a cramped warehouse space on the near north side that is home to  Rodrick Markus‘ bastion of unquestionably rare and yet edible ingredients known as RareTeaCellar.

Sourcing those teas, herbs and exotic ingredients from around the world RareTeaCellar has become the go to source for Chef’s in the midwest and around the world when looking for exotic items to go on their plates.

Tough work, but someone has to set up the shot and that requires every truffle be inspected prior to going on set.

Tough work, but someone has to set up the shot and that requires every truffle be inspected prior to going on set       Photo: Adam Seger

Yet Rodrick does not stop there, he regularly collaborates with Chef’s and Mixologists and for our shoot, we would working with Adam Seger to capture some of the essence of their  Truffe Amere, the worlds first botanical truffle bitters.  We went to work, first selecting the best looking of the fungi, picking through a couple of kilo’s of Black Winter Perigord Truffles just to find the 800-900 grams of truffles (about a pound) we used for the for pouring down a luge into the waiting lens of a Phantom Flex4K so we could capture the truffles in slo-motion at the highest resolution possible.

Paul DeMarte and I discussing how our test looks onscreen

Paul DeMarte and I discussing how our test looks onscreen  Photo: Adam Seger.

An Intel camera crew captured the behind the scenes action that day then interviewed me after the shoot on how my use of Intel’s Thunderbolt technology defines my process and my workflow.

My thanks for the support on this project go out to
Bob Monaghan at GlueTools, Toni Lucatorto at Vision Research, Rob Vose at Zacuto, Paul DeMarte on Camera and Thomas and Joshua from Intel for their assistance and support.

Yet I am left wondering when the next time I will be able to muster up craft service that was comprised of hand sliced Iberico “pata negra”  ham and truffled wonton soup to feed my crew on a shoot.

NAB Monday, PhantomFlex4K, BMCC4k, SonyDLSR4k, RED Element, Avid MC7

I am thinking the Show has not even started yet and I am exhausted from the previews.

AbelCine and Vision Research announce PhantomFlex4K, http://blog.abelcine.com/2013/04/07/nab-2013-first-look-at-the-phantom-flex4k/ but the best part is Vision Research is showing footage here https://vimeo.com/63490371

BlackmagicDesign Announces 4K for $4k version of BMCC camera, 1080 Version for less than $1000, Details to come on their website http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagiccinemacamera/

Sony snuck a couple of camera updated one a 4K Sensor update to their DSLR Line, and a new lower profile 2K prosumer camera. Details to come.

Element Technica has been acquired by RED Digital Cinema http://elementtechnica.mybigcommerce.com, I am thinking this is one of the best announcements of the NABShow so far.

Lastly Avid announces Media Composer 7, it seems that some native codecs are supported, specifically the just released Sony XVAC codec for the F5 and F55 cameras.