Several months ago, Sarah got an itch to try her hand at making short, documentary-style films using an HD-capable DSLR. For one of the recipes I worked through in the Alinea cookbook recently, we thought it might be fun to borrow such a camera and document the making of the dish. Most of the shots were lockoffs using a tripod; for the dolly shots, we were perching the camera on a skateboard and slowly pushing it through the kitchen. For the dolly of the cookbook itself, we mounted the camera on a cutting board, which was placed on top of about a dozen colored pencils so that it could slide along the countertop frictionlessly.
Here’s how it turned out.