Behind the scenes: Kkaenip Pesto
For every cooking video, I have to come with something new. Not just a new recipe but new clothing, music and script as well.
I purchased the apron I’m wearing in the video at the Sunday Farmers’ Market in Windsor, Calif. It’s reversible, one side with garlic, the other side is a simple light brown with a garlic pocket. I might wear the reverse side in a future video.
Even with the best, most well-written and edited script, interesting things can happen during recording of a video shot. These unplanned, improvisational moments can become the high point of a video. For example, the comment, “Since I don’t believe in animal testing, I tested it on my husband’s coworkers!” was an off-the-cuff remark. My husband thought it was funny, so we kept it in there. He’s the director.
On the other hand, one can write something, specifically, in the script, but when it is actually recorded, it doesn’t quite end up looking the way one thought it would in the mind’s eye. Sometimes, there’s a huge disconnect between imagination and reality.
An example of this is my short bow shortly before I started making the recipe. I did the brief bow to acknowledge the person who first introduced the world to kkaenip pesto. However, some people watching the video might think I’m trying to flip my hair like some kind of narcissistic starlet. That was not the intent at all.
This video was also the first video we made which only took a week between the date of filming and the date of posting. Most of our videos took much longer to edit and prepare for YouTube.
What made the difference was recording good audio in the video files. Previously, we have recorded the audio separately from video, first with a digital voice recorder and then on a laptop computer. The audio and video would be aligned in post-production, a tedious process without time-coding on those files.
We use an Audio-Technia lapel microphone to capture realistic, undistorted audio. Just listen to one of my first videos and compare it to this one. If your ear is good, you’ll hear the difference.