Shooting The Kitchen: Trying To Keep A One-Location Indie Visually Interesting

In early 2011, my longtime friend and collaborator, director Ishai Setton, told me about a (very) low-budget feature he was trying to get off the ground called The Kitchen. I had shot his first two features, The Big Bad Swim, and 3 Days of Normal, and while those were also low-budget films, we shot them in a miniaturized version of the way a typical movie is shot—with many locations, a real crew, SAG actors, and on the best shooting format available that we could afford (Super16 for The Big Bad Swim, and Red 4k for 3 Days of Normal).

According to Ishai, The Kitchen would be a different animal altogether. It was a passion project that he wanted to do regardless of whether or not we could raise any money to shoot it. The script, by Jim Beggarly, seemed to lend itself well to no-budget style filmmaking. It was all set in one room—the titular kitchen—during a party, with an ensemble cast in their twenties and thirties that could be comprised of the many actor friends we knew in LA. We would shoot it in Ishai’s own house, with only available light and practicals, little to no crew, and entirely handheld with my Canon 7D DSLR.

I was apprehensive, but also excited about the many challenges of shooting this type of film—not the least of which was how to make a movie that all takes place in one room visually interesting. Here are some of the tools, tricks, and techniques we used to try to accomplish that goal…

For the full article written by Josh Silfen, please check out Shooting The Kitchen: Trying To Keep A One-Location Indie Visually Interesting on  Moviemaker Magazine’s website!