Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Order is complete!

Last week we finished our production, and the film is now completed.

Go ahead, have a look! And please feel free to comment!

The Order from Bendik Stubstad Henriksen on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


To get a more detailed view of what will happen throughout the film, we recently jotted down a rough timeline of some of the main-events. These are linked up with certain changes in the music, and will accompany the story-board.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Progress - visual example

On saturday we did our first pre-shoot, testing out lighting at the location.
The following shots are set using one Dedo light at 5600k.

The Order - Stove from BendikSH on Vimeo.

The Order - Pan from BendikSH on Vimeo.

Watch this space for more updates and visual examples! We are soon to go into production!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

About this blog

This blog is created by Bendik S. Henriksen and Monty Luthera.
It is a presentation of our Visual Music assignment for the paper Video Production 3 at the University of Waikato.

Feel free to roam around on this site, and please leave comments if you wish to.

You can also contact us by e-mail if you have any enquiries:

Monty: tsl1@students.waikato.ac.nz
Bendik: bsh8@students.waikato.ac.nz

Thank you for visiting!

Music piece

In this production we will be using a song called "Lykkevenn" by the norwegian artist P.E.R.


You can also visit his profile at Urørt



It’s quiet, we see two chefs wearing white chefs hats and overalls. One sits on a blue basket and the other sitting on either side of the kitchen, one chef peals a potato and the other just stares at a wall. The men look depressed, as there hasn’t been an order for days and the restaurant has been quiet.
All of a sudden a hand reaches in from a little hole the runs besides one of the chefs; it’s the waiter.
He yells “Order!” and slams the piece of paper down on the table. The men stare at it with amazement and drawn by the curiosity of what it would be they both reach for it, and the second chef gets hold of it.
The head chef grabs it off him and begins to look at it in a stare. All of a sudden their personas begin to brighten, he sticks it on the top of the extraction hood. The music piece starts to play.
The head chef takes out a pan in rhythm to the sound track. The second chef stretches some dough and slams it. Some oil is then thrown on the pan while we hear the dough being thrown. Some spices are thrown on top in sync with the beat. The dough is then slammed into the oven followed by the clinking of skewers. The noise of a knife chopping down some potatoes and onions matches the beat, then we hear clapping of hands as naan breads are being prepared and white flour fills the air.
The head chef places pots with curry powers on the table and arranges them according to the beat. We then see the other chef clacking his skewers as he takes out the Naan bread one by one. By this time the head chef throws some spices onto the pan and begins to fry.
We see Naan bread being thrown onto plates with the use of the skewers, and at the same time the head chef begins to chop the chicken.
He then begins to drop the chicken in the pan peace by peace. At the same time we hear the other chef grinding his knife repeatedly. We then hear the sound of the fire emerging from the pan, aswell as the pan being grinding with the stove. The sounds of the knife being grinded and the pan emerge and sync in beat. The chopping starts as the second chef begins to chop the Naan breads, and the head chef begins to grind the Masala.
By this time the atmosphere is exhilarating and excitement overwhelms the chefs as they continue to cook. This pace continues as the preparation proceeds, until the dish is finished.
The dish is presented and slid to the table where the waiter grabs it and exits the scene.
The music stops and we see the chefs relax, anxiously staring at each other they soon become bored and begin to slouch their body’s again. One sits down on the basket and the other continues to stare at the wall, resuming the position they had when the film started.


One of the challanges we will encounter with this film is that the location is quite small, giving us less room for camera positions and lights. The restriction of space has affected our decision of using a fair amount of close shots, putting emphasis on one action at the time instead of several movements within a large frame.

The following images illustrates the location we will be working at, giving an example of what we have at hand and what to expect from the visual contents.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Visual examples and character research


Music for one appartment

STOMPoutLOUD (kitchen scene)

Viral - Kitchen Kuts

Amon Tobin - Kitchen Sink (black box)


Head Chef (Lead) Ram Avtar
Second Chef (Accompanied Lead) Manjinder Singh
Waitress/Waiter (Kimsy Singh / other)

Chef's costume


In this project we wish to explore concepts of visual music, blending it with classic genres such as documentary, music video and abstract visual music film.
We will be looking at the relation between the body in motion and cinematic technique, as well as the relation between dance choreography and editing technique.
The movements of the chefs during the production relates to theories of kinesthesia in the way that their movements draw the audiences attention and empathy towards the characters.

This film takes place in an indian restaurant kitchen, where two chefs will be producing a dish accompanied by a music piece. The films narrative will evolve around the process of a dish that is being cooked, with a traditional dramaturgic curve and a closed ending. The set-up of the film is the order being delivered, working as a catalyst that makes chefs come ''alive'', and act with the music. The music piece we will be using is by P.E.R., and it is called ''Lykkevenn''. We found that this piece relates well to our concept.
The idea comes from the sounds that are being made when cooking, and also the movements that are carried out. In restaurants producing a dish is a hectic process, and it can often appear as if it has been rehearsed or choreographed as if it was a dance. These are some of the elements we would like to capture in our production.

Having been given the freedom to choose whatever visual style we wanted, we were left thinking that the key elements in this production will be the various colours of the food and the movements that are being made whilst making it. We will try to enhance these to elements in our production by setting appriopriate light and by using close shots and quick paced editing.

The process of the project will consist of a pre-production stage of choreographing the visual elements in the film with the music. During this process we will have to engage the actors with the story and the music piece which will relate to their visual performance.
The production stage will be the most challenging, as each shot has to be planned and choreographed according to our visual idea and the soundtrack.
During post-production we will focus on the films tempo and colour, using repetion and the possibility of multiple images within one frame (picture in picture/split screen). During post-production the sound editing will be an important factor, as it is crucial that the soundscape matches the visual elements of the film.

The chatel list

Following is a list of items that will be used during the cooking, and that will contribute to the soundscape:

Knife- chopping
Dough- being slammed
Clapping of hands
Frying masala – spices
Skewers being taken out from oven
Grinding the pan on the stove
Fire from the pan – repeated
Fire being lit – once
Knife being sharpened
Pot of rice being moved
Thali dishes taken out
Shaking to make lassi
Strerring to make lassi or mixing