Joule, Seattle, Washington

Joule, Seattle, Washington from tastingmenu on Vimeo.

OK all you armchair Spielbergs… ;) This one’s a bit better. The audio is a little quiet but at least it’s understandable. Baby steps people. Baby steps. Also… I think it being shorter keeps it more focused. We’re learning, comments welcome.

5 Responses to “Joule, Seattle, Washington”

  1. matt wright says:

    I like the new shorter format for sure. Sounds like you are doing the voice-over during editing – which seems to work much better. But blimey, speak up man.. you are right, very whisper like quiet. I can only guess that you were recording the audio with your sleeping kid on your lap….hehe

    So I walked past Joule a couple of weeks ago with my wife a todler son on a regular weeknight… I really wanted to give the place a go, but the hostess at the door took one look at our lad (who was behaving), and gave us a pretty shitty look.. So I figured this was a sans-family deal…

    Out of interest, where are your top picks in Wallingfood for decent food, but a place that likes kids? I always thought that Wallingford was meant to be super kid friendly, but I couldn’t find much.. And having JUST molly moons for dinner seems wrong somehow…

  2. james says:

    I’ve been hearing a lot about this place – looking forward to checking it out – reviews have been mixed, though…

  3. Victor W. says:

    Hi Hillel,

    I like your approach on food and restaurants and have visited your site since you posted Scott’s apple cookbook. It is within this context of respect that I write to you the following thoughts.

    Please don’t go video!

    It’s not a good medium to communicate food service environment experiences. Unless you can control lighting, frame, angle, filter, visual context and a lot more, the result is always inferior. If you can visually communicate a personal dinning experience then you’re directing a shoot and not eating dinner anymore. Which leads me to the next point. It interferes with and changes your very own experience of the meal and the interaction with your friends and guests. A camera at the table changes everything!
    And finally it pulls attention to your party in a way that at best alters the natural behavior of the staff and at worst creates reactionary behavior among employees in the front as well as back of the restaurant.
    You’re good writers. Keep writing and take the occasional photo.

    Victor Witschi

  4. michael says:

    I am sure the second piece took alot more post meal work, but to be honest, i like the first one more. It came across as more personable, more believable, more honest. I like the background noise, the candid conversation, the lengh, shoot, are you making comercials? No! i hope not, your bloging, and i am willing to spend 5 minutes on your video, and if it gets boring, i know how to fast forward it.

    I am a fan of your conversation as well. When you start talking about something, i don’t know if it’s gonna be good or bad right of the bat. For instance, when talking about the foie terrine, i was totally intranced, i didn’t know if you where gonna dog it or praise it, i was plastered to the screen! Awsome work, or great gut feeling either way, very sucessful.

    Maybe we can get the camera in the kitchen with your co-author sometime?

  5. Lee says:

    Keep doing video. If a picture is worth a thousand word, video is worth a thousand pictures. The more you do it, the better it gets. I use a mac and for snap shot convenience a Flip Digital camcorder (no, I don’t work for Flip but I wish I did). I also use a monopod to cut down on dreaded camera shake and I read as much as I can about doing video.Also, look at other people’s videos. It gets better and it is worth the work. Video captures those fleeting moments like your adorable kid at the restaurant.

    Meanwhile, I’m off to check out your text portion of your blog, like the Apple Cookbook your readers talked about.

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