Epic B-Roll: Fun in the Gingerbread House – Behind The Scenes

On his recent video photographer, Daniel Schiffer takes us behind the scenes of yet another food-related video making Gingerbread for the holidays and looking at his unique shooting process.

We have already covered several of Schiffer’s epic handheld b-roll BTS videos (which you can find here) and his special blend of fast action/slow-motion combined with sleek transitions and fantastic sound design and music simply never gets old.

On this project, there is nothing particularly new in terms of technique that we have not seen in his other projects but it doesn’t make it less fun to watch and if you haven’t watched any of his previous videos there is also a lot to learn.

The whole idea behind the gingerbread house is a little bit of fun for the holidays and it seems that shooting the video was also a lot of fun. As always Schiffer uses manual focus (with the 25mm and 40mm Batis lenses on the Sony A7 III). Each movement is done with as much fluency as possible so for example, Schiffer doesn’t walk but moves his body and finally his hands with the camera.

As he did on previous videos Schiffer uses the Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 2X Macro Probe Lens (we have a number of videos looking at what you can do with this super special lens) moving on a motorized slider from Edelkrone to push into the gingerbread house. Adding snow in camera was not working so he used some online assets which can always be interesting as long as you don’t overdo it.

The final piece of the puzzle is Schiffer’s great sound design and of course grading and music.

Bonus video: how was the Fun in the Gingerbread House edited

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For more epic b-roll videos – check out our new epic-b-roll list. Also, if you are into food photography and videography we have a special sub-section here on LensVid dedicated specifically to food photography.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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