This week’s “Special” episode is a compendium of footage, shot over time around the world, celebrating the joys, delights (and occasional perils) of street food.
Basically? It’s a clip show.
The thing I’m proudest of on this show is not what’s seen on the screen. It’s what you hear on the soundtrack: Now, ordinarily, we can’t afford to use music from my favorite albums. Or ANY albums, for that matter. It’s a ridiculous amount of money to get the rights to even the most innocuous of songs. For a long time, even the singing of “Happy Birthday” during a scene–or played on a jukebox in the background, could cost you BIG money. We’re a tiny, five person crew, shooting entirely on small DV cameras with homemade jibs, using bags of rice and skateboards as dollies. We can’t afford even “Happy Birthday!”
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The show not about a place, or even places, per se. It’s certainly not a well-rounded introduction to the food scenes of Baltimore or Detroit or Buffalo. And it’s probably not what the respective chambers of commerce of these three fine, noble and deeply troubled American cities would like us to see right now. Baltimore, arguably, isn’t even really a “Rust Belt” city.
I like to think that tonight’s episode celebrates that particularly American character — who proudly survives and thrives in places like late era Baltimore, Detroit and Buffalo. And it does introduce a few quirky indigenous specialties.
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I can’t tell you how happy and proud I am that NO RESERVATIONS just got nominated for three Prime Time Emmy Awards. But I am particularly exuberant that the camera work and editing have been individually honored.
True, the show was also nominated for Best Non-Fiction program, a category which brings glory, presumably, to all of us who work at Zero Point Zero Productions.
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Whatever they’re calling it, what starts airing Monday is the 2nd part of Season 5 of NO RESERVATIONS. That means we finished filming the episodes a little while back and they’ve been in post-production since (Editing, Voice Over writing and recording, color correction, sound, graphics and all sorts of really important but mostly incomprehensible- to- me technical stuff). You’ll find the list of episodes somewhere on this site.
Already filmed for Season SIX, are episodes in Brittany and Provence. And sometime in August, our intrepid crew will head out once again to destinations which may or may not include Prague, the Central Highlands of Viet Nam, Iran, Rome, Ecuador, Cuba, Kerala India, China, Maine,Turkey, the Congo … and a return to Beirut (among others).
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