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Behind the scenes: Soju Cream Sauce video

Behind the scenes: Soju Cream Sauce video

Every video is a challenge, a learning experience. This video was no exception. Here are some tips we picked up during the creation of this video that might help you when making your own.

  • Do a few audio tests before you start filming “for real.” The wireless microphone channel we usually use to record was not working properly. It sounded like a cell phone call dropping every several words. If you have a similar issue while recording, first check the batteries, they might be low. If that’s not the issue, skip a few channels and make test recordings. Once we changed the channel,  we were able to proceed into the actual recording.
  • Our video camera has an automatic white-balance feature, which limits a green cast under fluorescent light and yellow cast under incandescent light. The automatic adjustment worked fine when we taped the introduction, but the automation faltered when we filmed the cooking segment under a low wattage incandescent bulb. Getting the color issues taken care of up front makes post-production proceed more quickly.

I originally wasn’t planning to make another pasta video. I prefer to eat a low-carbohydrate diet, but the testing, tasting and filming the videos for Korean Latkes, Korean Potato Salad and Kkaenip Pesto videos wreaked havoc on my diet. However, a Korean television documentary changed my mind, encouraging me to eat pasta again.

The Korean Broadcasting System sent me a review DVD copy of its award-winning documentary Noodle Road in early September. I had been waiting to see this documentary in its entirety since I saw the previews on KBS’s YouTube channel in December 2008. I waited almost a year for the network to publish it on DVD with English subtitles.

After watching the documentary a couple of times, I got excited. I “dusted off” my penne with soju sauce recipe that I had set on the proverbial shelf and decided to fast-track it onto YouTube.

After testing and re-testing the recipe out on my family, friends and husband’s co-workers and writing a script, we were ready to film. Then “life hit us fast” (as Nationwide Insurance would say) with moving my sister-in-law back to college, going on vacation and getting the flu in mid-October.

Korean television drama and film star Bae Yong Joon said in his new book, The Beauty of Korea, “I might chat for hours with someone who is interested in the culture of The Silk Road that has lots of hidden stories which connect Asia and Europe … No matter how difficult and troublesome they are, the usual worries and concerns disappear like smoke when we sit and face each other at the dining table with fresh foods. It gives us the power to overcome.” from “Soju Pasta Sauce,” Tamar1973, Nov. 5, 2009

After overcoming all these competing life issues and illnesses, the filming of the video itself was relatively effortless, after resolving that brief issue with the wireless system. This production took an hour and a half — our shortest production time yet, despite my numerous takes. 

Clothing is an important part of every video — at least to me. Clothes set the tone. For example, in the Chuncheon Wings video, I’m wearing my decade-old-plus Kangwon National University sweatshirt. It sets the tone for a recipe that would be best-suited for a Super Bowl party.

Hubby prefers I wear V-neck shirts, because it eases placement of the microphone. Wearing high-necked T-shirts, such as the one I wore in the Chuncheon (Korean) alfredo video and the Kalbi video were quite the challenge. It the mic is placed to close to the mouth, it gets caught in my necklaces. If it’s too far away, it picks up more of the room noise — particularly the refrigerator.

Etsy is one of my favorites sites to find unique wardrobe and props. I purchased the floral long-sleeved t-shirt I wore in the Soju Sauce video on at at store called Ellembee. I’m also wearing the necklace I designed, with items I bought on Etsy as well.

If you would like to buy a copy of KBS’s The Noodle Road, check out the website at  Samples and previews are available on KBS’s YouTube channel.


  1. I really enjoyed the video clip! mummies? and pasta? entertaining and yum yum 😉

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