Insane Films: Kugel Experimental


More experimental footage in preparation for The Great Kugel-Off documentary.

Produced by Two Yentas Productions.

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First, your new hair cut looks good. It was a contrast (length and volume, not looks) from the shot of you in the background with the big (almost Adam Curry sized) hair.

As for the Kugel, I’m not sure if you intend on leaving in the jump cuts (same subject but with sections taken out so the audio is more to the point) but since you don’t use that often, I’d suggest either use it more or use some B roll to cut away so you can avoid the jump cut. Either make it part of the over all style or don’t use it at all.

I do like how you have the seemingly random clips that seem to move the day’s event along. I believe so long as you move all of the people down the time line in parallel, jumping from one person to another as you did covers the even very nicely and keeps the piece going. No offense to your models, I’d be willing to wager that if you spent too much time on any one person, the piece would drag. As it was, the direction you were going make nine and a half minutes fly by. The method you are using seems to be moving several story lines along and let them intersect as per the natural course of events.

As for the home kugel baking, that may be a good way to break up the fast paced subject-to-subject editing that you’re doing on the actual event. Maybe find a little piece of your rapid-random cut material that would segue into a home kugel baking and then go down that stream of thought for a couple of minutes before getting back into the hustle-bustle of the actual event.

Over all, Richard, I really like the direction you are taking this. You made something that was kind of interesting a lot more fun to watch.

Oh yeah — and some of those younger chefs are kind of hot. Work that Kugel, honey.

Thanks for the feedback & the jumpcuts are temporary. I have tons of b-roll to cover them.

Now that I’m thinking of it using the relative calmness and single threaded nature of a hope baking might help people who don’t know Jewish cusine better understand what exactly a kugel is. I’m not sure if your footage shows that but I would find it handy — this is the first time I’ve ever heard of a kugel (i guess it was never mentioned on Fiddler on the Roof [I grew up in a white-bread Christian America]) and though it sounds potentially delicious, I’m quite sure about what I’m getting excited (although I’m fat and it’s food so that, alone, may be enough).

Just a thought.

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