This is the beginning of my favorite episode of All In. Cam is scared of snakes, and the kid he’s aiming to help in this episode wants to be an herpetologist. It was a blast to cut.
This was a first season show for Nickelodeon, and we editors had virtually limitless freedom. Transitions, music, graphics, sound effects, jump cuts… everything was on the table. I even used a star wipe in one episode! It made for an incredible show, that was incredibly fun to create.
One of my favorite things to create are comedic relief moments during an otherwise tense situation. When you have chef’s as different as these two, it all just kinda works!
Oh what fun the ladies had that day!
This was a big puzzle of a scene- single camera, cramped kitchen, continuity and audio issues all over- but it was a really important fight that sets up why this team eventually loses.
I’ve always really liked this scene. It took ages to edit, we had 8 cameras and probably 17 mics running for 25 minutes (for a two minute segment…) That is not including interview footage of all 15 chefs talking about this cookoff. Totally a crisis of options, but it turned out great.
Competition shows maintain a blistering pace! There’s so many storylines to follow that each moment has be compacted as much as possible. This team-cook-pod is a near perfect example of what the network wanted.
It starts with some quick team dynamics, establishing them as cool chefs who are comfortable with each other. Then we tell the audience the team’s flavor goals, and then have a chef make a personal connection to the recipe. C’est magnifique!