Welcome to the first installment of Feimster’s Filming… This is my coworker Michael Feimster, Associate Producer in our department, Creative Services.
A part of Michael’s job at Food Network is to shoot behind the scenes footage of talent for our department. Recently, Michael filmed on Guy’s Big Bite’s set.
Michael, can you explain what this particular footage will be used for?
We use this backstage b-roll [additional shots to cutaway from or cover up a main interview or video story] when we’re trying to jazz up the Upfronts [talent or show reels for advertisers]. Or, it can also be used for any [Creative Services] producers who need backstage footage for their promos [on-air commercials]. I shoot about 2 hours worth of b-roll per talent, sometimes more.
Yikes! So you’ve been tapped as the official behind the scenes guy for our department. Which means that you’ve gotten to go to some very cool shoots for exciting & new (sings) upcoming Food Network seasons. Just between us of course, give me the on-set scoop!
I got to meet Guy [Fieri]. He was really fun to shoot, and he’s a well nice well guy and a really nice individual. He’s really professional when the camera’s on, and when the camera stops he can joke around, [but] as soon as the camera starts rolling again he’s back on.
Really, you got to meet Guy?! What did you say to him?
Hi my name is Michael.
(Laughing) Nice! What did he say?
He said that I should feel free to put my camera in the face of any of the crew… that I could help pay them back for always having a camera in his face. (Both laughing) And even when the show cameras stopped rolling, he was cool with me getting the footage I needed.
That’s so awesome! I wish I had been there!
Well, in addition to hanging out with the stars, what I REALLY want to know is, what did the food smell like?
There was something savory in the air at the Guy shoot, a beef dish? I can’t exactly remember the exact ingredients, but it smelled good.
Just for fun, give me three words to sum up the experience of shooting behind the scenes.
Hurry up and wait…stop and go then stop and go again. (laughs)
Even though you didn’t technically say three words, I will accept that answer. Well, I put together some sneak peeks of your Guy’s Big Bite footage. Anything you want to say to the good people of FN Dish about them?
Here is your first look at the behind the scenes promo footage before anyone else gets to see it!
And lastly, what shoots do you have coming up/what will you hopefully have for us?
Rachael Ray, Anne Burrell, and the winner of The Next Food Network Star, somewhere down the line.
Thanks for all the goods Feimster! Til the next time!
Sommer, Creative Services