FINE & RAW Chocolate is the latest project I shot and published on Edible Brooklyn.
I love my job! As a cinematographer I get the chance to meet interesting people, learn about a diverse range of topics, and every day is different...sometimes I get to eat amazing chocolate.
I interviewed Daniel Sklaar, a chocolate-maker in Brooklyn. Sklaar is from South Africa and moved to the states to pursue a career in finance. After a brief stint in the world of finance, Sklaar started making chocolate in his apartment for friends and family. Their encouragement inspired Sklaar to start FINE & RAW Chocolate Factory. Raw chocolate is unique because it's made using innovative low-heat techniques to preserve the nutritional value of the chocolate/"super food".
I discovered FINE & RAW Chocolate at the Brooklyn Flea Market on a Saturday and fell in love with the chocolate immediately. I went online and discovered that they have a chocolate factory in Bushwick. I looked through the photos and knew it would be an interesting story visually. I e-mailed them and immediately received a response. They invited me over to check out the factory. After a location scot and a pre-interview we scheduled a shoot day. The whole process took about 2-3 months from start to finish.
I shot most of the footage on a Canon C300 and used a 5D Mark III with L series glass. The day we scheduled to shoot was a day following a horrible snow storm. The first interview audio was ruined by a very loud heating system above the factory. The day I scouted the location was a warmer day so I didn't hear the heater running. Luckily, Daniel is such a pro we were able to do the interview again and come out with some even better sound bytes.
I edited using Adobe Premiere, Audition, Speedgrade and After Effects. I'm used to editing on Final Cut, but figured I would give the Adobe Creative Cloud a shot, and I really like it. It's subscription based so it's only like $50.00 a month for access to all of the Adobe software.
This short was published on Valentine's Day 2014 by Edible Brooklyn. I hope you enjoyed watching this as much as I enjoyed making it.
Photos by Alexandra Peter (I've taught her well!)