It's always a real treat when I get the chance to work with friends, especially with someone as talented and creative as local chef and sushi master Max Millefoglie.
I recently paid a visit to Max at his office in downtown Gloucester, which just so happens to be a sushi pit submerged below floor-level in the harbor side restaurant Latitude 43.
I can't even begin to describe how interesting this shoot was. The big takeaway for me was that sushi itself is an art form. Each chef has their own style, vision and inspiration that is translated into works of art on the canvas (or plate.)
As time went on, I started to realize that Max and I take a very similar creative approach to our work. Sure, he deals with raw fish and I deal with motion pictures. But in both cases, there's no right or wrong way to go about producing our work.
Art is interpretive, and while it's necessary to know the rules, it's also important to know when to break them. If I were to show the video below to an actual critic, they'd probably find a laundry list of things I did "wrong."
The thing is, I'm starting to care less and less about doing things the way they're supposed to be done because that's what everyone else is doing. And to me, that's boring. I finally feel like I'm settling into a groove, stylistically, and it feels great to be honest.
There were a few new elements I was excited to test drive in this project. Most notably, the smooth jump cuts that seamlessly bring the audience from one shot to another. This is something I was trying to figure out for quite some time, and while they weren't perfect, I think it's a good foundation to build from.
Overall, my goal was to keep this video as raw and badass as Max's sushi, which is why there aren't a ton of visual effects in the mix. With something so simple and beautiful, I took the approach of any great chef and let the food do the talking. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy.