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November 27, 2007



This is reminiscent of the way Ken Burns can generate an amazing level of impact with nothing more than still images and audio.

It also a abject lesson in the power of paring back. Which (perhaps strangely) reminds me of the chef Jamie Oliver who says; Complex dishes with lots of ingredients are relatively easy to cook because there are so many flavours it will always 'kind of' work.

But to do something really, really simple like bread with oil and balsamic vinegar you have nowhere to hide. So the bread has to be fresh and soft and crusty, the olive oil needs to be so good you can almost drink it alone and the balsamic must be the best because each taste has nowhere to hide (naked! ;-)

'Al'l this slideshow has is the quality of the photography and the audio to carry it. But just think about WHAT they chose to shoot ... I especially recall the shot of him playing pool, while the bar is jumping on the lh side of the shot and the wall between him and the bar is both literal and figurative. Very very well shot and directed.

Likewise compare the audio record of the slideshow to his live talk near the end of the slideshow. In the VO they have him right up close to the mike capturing a very intimate record softly spoken. He's actually a bit of a 'high talker' but they have ensured the VO did not go that way.

All of these comments about the artifice are only on reflection of the production , I got none of that from the first view, I was just blown away.

Nice catch Garr.

- Dean

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