Crew shot from the first episode of the new ABNR season- Haiti.
Premieres Monday February 28 at 9PM e/p.
- Helen Cho, @IntoNoRes
From left to right: Tom Vitale (Producer), Diane Schutz (Segment Producer), Todd Liebler (DP), Tony Bourdain
- Helen Cho, @IntoNoRes
by Helen Cho, Production Coordinator/AP
You see, back at the ZPZ headquarters in New York, the crew blog purging experience is often times very much close to that of loan-sharking. It begins with the initial probe … “Do you have the blog?” “Soon, soon” is the usual answer. It quickly progresses to the more specific time-sensitive fishing …“WHEN will you have the blog?” A guilty “Soon, soon, I promise” and a brisk walk away. It buys you some time and you go about the rest of the week in your normal routine: you come in and out of our office, walk the same cruise controlled path from coffee to your desk, say hello to the same people … And? No mention of the blog. Coast is clear but it goes eerily unmentioned and unspoken of for some time … and then… just when you least expect it … a wrong turn from the bathroom and BOOM – you get “the look” It’s come to the point where no words are even exchanged but you know what they want. They know that you know what they want …you owe them … a crew blog. I’ve seen this same situation unfold countless number of times, indiscriminate of position on the production team totem pole. There have even been attempts of blog bribing… blog pawning. “Hey [insert former intern’s name here], so … how’s that blog coming along?” But no, no … alas, I somehow find myself in this situation again … writing the beloved crew blog.
But don’t get it twisted; this is by no means a complaint for lack of blog-worthy content.
Continue reading: Another Year, Another Holiday, Another Blog … »
By: Nari Kye, Associate Producer
The day we touched down in Madrid, the city was humming with excitement -humming even greater than those awful Vuvuzelas. Faces had permanent smiles on them and everyone walked a hell of a lot taller and prouder. And the sense of camaraderie made me jealous. South Korea fell out earlier in the series so I rooted for Spain to make the finals knowing I would be in Madrid. And it really happened. The day we arrived in Madrid, history was going to be made.
Continue reading: Yo soy Espanol! Espanol! Espanol! »
By: Eric Ripert, World-Renowned Chef and Tony’s Paris Sidekick
I had an amazing time in Paris and I loved the new places we visited. I always get inspired by trips like this. It was a real pleasure to get to spend time there with Tony and see what is new.
I find it thrilling that 35 years after Gilbert and Maguy Le Coze opened a tiny, hole-in-the-wall place called Le Bernardin with Gilbert cooking alone in the kitchen and Maguy taking care of the dining room, chefs all over the city are once again embracing casual, one-man kitchen operations and at the same time, serving very refined food.
To me it feels like the cycle is starting again. I remember Paul Bocuse, Michel Guerard, Joel Robuchon also all starting out like this in the 1970s. Years later Gilbert and Maguy transformed Le Bernardin into a beautiful fine dining destination in the heart of Manhattan. I am excited to see how these talented young chefs will evolve and where all the inspiration will lead.
By David Robinson, Editor
I’m sitting in an edit room poring over hour upon hour of footage from the second camera crew that was taken along on the Kerala, INDIA episode of No Reservations. The idea was to document the makings of an episode of No Reservations. You know, pull back the curtain and see the magical machinations at work, that sort of thing. The reality, so far, is a laundry list of TMI moments that would make a band of syphilitic Vikings queasy. Given that each member of the crew is a veteran of the show it’s amazing how unaware or apathetic they are to the presence of cameras recording everything they say and do. Let me try to be delicate here. . . .These people are animals.
Continue reading: S*%t Happens! »
By Diane Schutz, Segment Producer
By now, you may already know – we first attempted to shoot a NO RESERVATIONS episode in Lebanon in 2006 – and wound up in the middle of a war [as my snarky friend Brian said: "Who would have thought such a thing could happen... IN BEIRUT?"]. I’m still a little bitter that we lost that Emmy to Ted Koppel, but I digress…
We’d fallen in love with the country before war struck.
We’d had two days of meeting people who were proud of their country, who wanted to share their homes and their food and their culture with us. After experiencing wartime Lebanon, we were determined to go back at some point to experience fun, happy, proud Lebanon.
Continue reading: The Return to Beirut »
By Jared Andrukanis, Segment Producer
I know this is a blog about our Rome shoot, not a lesson on film methodology…but trust me – this is important stuff to know.
In filmmaking parlance, there are two particular kinds of shooting, that can be used to quantify the day’s work – “On Set” and “On Location”. The names themselves are relatively self-explanatory, whereas one refers to shooting in a controlled, man-made environment and the other, a less controlled, natural setting.
Most films with a considerable budget film the majority of difficult scenes on set due to the unpredictability of natural locations. On set certain things are a given: there will be large generators consistently powering the shoot, moveable walls to accommodate large camera setups and dolly rigs, suspended rail systems to hang or “fly” lights, sealed entrances to keep out sounds or “lockdown”…these are just a few examples, but essentially all variables which can make filming more difficult are considered and factored into the mechanics of studios. This allows the filmmakers to focus on getting what they need without extemporaneous worry about mechanical items.
Sounds nice, right?
Continue reading: No Reservations in Rome »
by Dan Kelly, Director of Photography
Dubai. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, except for tremendous heat and the tallest buildings in the world. Little did I know that Dubai, much like New York City, is a melting pot of peoples and cultures that all welcomed us into their shops and homes with smiles and friendly nods. One man, a wealthy local fisherman who saw me filming his ships and workers, brought me into his cool air conditioned rest tent to have a moment’s rest and share a delicious cup of coffee with him and his friends.
Continue reading: Dubai Crew Blog »
By: Chris Collins, Executive Producer
The Where It All Began episode of No Reservations is made up almost entirely of footage from the unreleased documentary “Out of the Pan into the Fire.” Ten years ago, just after “Kitchen Confidential” was published, a photographer named Dmitri Kasterine had the foresight to walk into Brassiere Les Halles with a video camera and start shooting Tony Bourdain in his environs. He beat Lydia and me to the punch by roughly ten months and personally that made the material, which we had never seen before, all the more compelling. His film gave us an early glimpse at the guy who we would go on to spend the next decade of our lives with making television and forming a very strong relationship.
Continue reading: Executive Producer Takes A Look Back »
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