By: Gustav Hoiland

Jun 22 2010

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The Hand that Stirs


So I eat a lot of oatmeal. A ton actually. If you were to measure out a ton of bulk oatmeal, it’d probably come to like, $0.35. That’s part of the reason why I love it. None of that loathsome instant stuff either. We’re talking full on slow cooking steel cut goodness. In milk. With freshly ground natural peanut butter. And an organic banana. And sometimes chocolate chips. And sometimes honey. And sometimes whatever catches my eye and has potential to be absorbed into that which is the eternal oatmeal.

I happened to have a Canon 5d Mark II on my hands before this nightly cooking ritual had occurred, and having not shot anything yet that day (yesterday I think), I decided I’d try my hand at a little cinematic oatmealing. It turned out quite well if I do say so myself. Even used Adobe Premiere, though the iMac running it was certainly struggling under the strains of my undeniably righteous high def footage of boiling oats.

It was actually quite a bit harder to shoot than I had anticipated. I guess that comes with having high standards for my own work. That milk went damn near warm by the time I had finished the framing of the opening shot (seen above). So I did all of this pre-cooking shooting which took a while, but once the burner was on there was only so much time. Perhaps seven minutes or so to cover about five distinct steps in the making of  the mush.

Anyhoo, check it out. I think it’s charming. I disabled the audio when I rendered it in 1080 because I figured it’d be terrible, but forgot to disable it when I rendered it in 720, and after previewing it on Vimeo I heard it for the first time and was most pleasantly surprised. It’s great!


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