This final version of my short documentary on 'Our Big Kitchen' has had a soundtrack added to it as through feedback, we needed to cut out some of the interviewer's part because their was too much talking and we needed to add sound in the break. The soundtrack fits quite nicely as it is uplifting and fits with the message we are trying to convey. Also, cutting some of the sound out was really beneficial as there was too much talking and it felt really bombarded, so removing some of it lets the viewer focus on the visuals more. Note: This version has been filed down in size to fit into the regulations on this site, so the video quality has reduced, however to view it in HD, please visit the Youtube link: youtube.com/watch?v=S2HWRc90l3g
In our short documentary, we wanted to capture a unique story with a powerful message. Originally we chose the topic of homelessness in Sydney, however we wanted to explore this idea more and find a more unique story for our documentary. We chose ‘Our Big Kitchen’ (OBK), a non for profit organization, founded by Rabbi Slavin and his wife Leah in 2007, located in Bondi, intended to act as a kosher and halal industrial kitchen where people from all walks of life, including the homeless, that can come in and cook quality meals for themselves as well as to donate that food to charities, such as the Clown Doctor with the children’s hospital, homeless shelters, and to anyone else in need. Our angle for our short documentary was to show our this kitchen was a place for everyone, no matter what your background, where people are brought together by love and the food. We found this message to be really strong and great to explore within our documentary. As this was a short documentary, we had to chose our questions wisely. We interviewed the general manager, Greg Fisher, as the Founder was not available to speak with us when we need to, however, I think that we covered every aspect of the kitchen that we wanted to. We asked him to elaborate on what OBK does, what inspired the founders to create the kitchen, the various programs they run, what type of people they attract, the financials to run the place, as well as where he wants to see OBK go in the future. Within our documentary, we captured Jewish mothers and their daughters on Father’s Day cooking their special bread as a gift for their fathers. This event really showed how food brought the mothers and daughters together, where they enjoyed the process of making a gift for their father and taking time out of their day to do so. We captured some of the many thank you letters the kitchen receives to show how much people appreciate them and how it has changed their life, giving a sentimental feel to the documentary. We also captured the many social causes the kitchen as helped out with, such as disaster floods, as well as various influential people that have visited OBK, like that of Mike Tyson and Kevin Rudd, as well as the many awards and certificates they proudly display to give the documentary more of an authentic feel. We played with the use of colour with the cakes and baked bread to show the warmth and love the people put into the food, not only for themselves but for others as well. Although a simple concept of giving back through the power of food, we found this to be a particularly strong message that needed to be documented and put out their for people to see what ‘Our Big Kitchen’ is and how others can help those in need.