View Full Version : The Italian Chef

03-09-2007, 08:20 AM
Updated 5/07 Pics from first day of shooting!! See page 3 of this post. 5/24 ***NEW SCREEN GRAPS ON PAGE 4 !!

Screen Grabs (before color correction)









03-09-2007, 09:27 AM
lol, sweet poster.

Jazz Dog
03-09-2007, 10:45 AM
Sweet, I am a professional Chef so if you need any script review for authenticity of the Chef scenes I could help you out. I was thinking of using a Chef angle for a second entry but most likely will not have time. Glad someone is!

Norm Sanders
03-10-2007, 01:28 PM
I like the name of this title, and fun poster/banner too! From the look, will this have a comedic bent to it?

Sweet, I am a professional Chef

Greg! I just realized how you & I can work together, since you're not too far away .... we just lost our caterer/crafty! I'll provide room, board, and gas for ya! :)

Ted Arabian
03-10-2007, 01:37 PM
haha! Great title and artwork!

Looks like fun.

Good Luck!


Jazz Dog
03-10-2007, 01:51 PM
I do film-work for free. I only cook for $$$....a lot of $$$.

03-10-2007, 06:11 PM
Right you are, it does have a slight comedic element to it.


03-10-2007, 11:10 PM
I've been looking for your thread - I knew you couldn't resist.

03-11-2007, 02:58 PM
I updated my poster to show the actual gun we will be using. A walther with a laser! Very Cool. Already have one location picked out for a chase scene. Will post next week.


03-11-2007, 06:24 PM
Sweet, I am a professional Chef so if you need any script review for authenticity of the Chef scenes I could help you out. I was thinking of using a Chef angle for a second entry but most likely will not have time. Glad someone is!

Thanks Jazz, I'll keep you in mind!

03-14-2007, 10:48 PM
Update: I have my cast now! 4 guys and 2 gals. One location: a river in north florida secured so far. I'll post pics hopefully soon.
Will shoot in HD on my new HVX camera. I have David Jerome (sonic man & ajar) assisting as co-producer for the opening scene!

03-15-2007, 12:47 PM
Looks good. Cool poster,too! Good luck on your entry.

david jerome
03-16-2007, 06:59 PM
Hey Rich, are you gonna let me check out your script? I want to see it. And when are you going to break in that HVX? That things gonna explode if you you don't use it soon. You know how the saying goes. So hurry up and get that boy some action.

03-23-2007, 08:00 PM
Location shots for opening chase scene below! Location is a 3 hour drive from where I am now, so haven't been to scope it out yet but wanted to show you pics to give an idea. It's an awesome cabin in the woods by a huge river. Me and the crew plan to make a weekend camping trip out of the shoot next month. Character pics coming soon.



03-24-2007, 08:00 AM
"Revenge is a dish best served cold" - isn't this a Klingon quote? Good luck!

03-26-2007, 07:59 PM
The klingon quoted it in "Star Trek the Undiscovered Country" but it was originally from Shakespeare.

03-27-2007, 03:29 PM
interested to see how the location fits into the chef theme, I thought for sure there was going to be a kitchen and some cleavers.

03-28-2007, 05:05 PM
haha three river movies.:laugh:
It's like we have our own subtheme of Spyfest :thumbsup:
Looking forward to it :)

04-01-2007, 12:02 AM
Ok, here's my cast so far:


More to come


Zak Forsman
04-01-2007, 12:20 AM
klingon? shakespeare? it was neither. it was Pierre Choderlos de Laclos and KHAAANNN!!!


04-01-2007, 12:30 AM
Good looking cast, and I like how you presented the headshots.

04-01-2007, 08:55 AM
You are right! Sorry

The proverb "revenge is a dish best served cold" is credited to the 18th century novel les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons), written by the French official and army general Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Although it never actually appears in the original text.

04-03-2007, 07:20 PM
Love the poster!

04-07-2007, 09:16 AM
It was nice to meet you yesterday. Good luck to you with your film:thumbup:

Ralph Oshiro
04-08-2007, 04:20 PM
The proverb "revenge is a dish best served cold" is credited to the 18th century novel les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons), written by the French official and army general Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Although it never actually appears in the original text."
Does this mean your food stylist is serving cold spaghetti? How about a nice summer pasta salad? Good reference footnote--always wondered where that quote came from!

04-10-2007, 10:23 PM
Nice meeting you as well Noel.

Cold spaghetti? probably so. lol and if we don't get started with shooting this @)(*(#*$#) film soon then the spaghetti is gonna get even colder.

Couldnt shoot the last two weekends-- Tore my kitchen completely apart and had to get it back together before my wife went nuts. The remodeling took alot longer than planned.

Didn't shoot this weekend - Easter and everybody had plans.\

Can't shoot next weekend - Leaving for Las Vegas (NAB)

Geeze!!!! time is running out!!! TIme to put this puppy in overdrive.

05-01-2007, 08:15 PM
We will begin shooting this Sunday May 6th! Hope to post some stills and behind the scenes pics on Monday!

rich nation

05-06-2007, 10:14 PM
Here's a few shots from behind the scenes of our first day of shooting. Our first two locations fell through and had to make alot of last minute revisions, but hey, at least we didn't give up. More to come later, including image stills from actual footage. We will be shooting exteriors on our 2nd day of shooting, next week.

Rich Nation





Ted Arabian
05-07-2007, 05:01 AM
Looking good! Crane shots.... YEAH!

I just got a crane and am putting it to use immediately on Spy Master!

Best of luck!


05-08-2007, 12:58 PM
Screen Grabs (before color correction)






05-20-2007, 11:32 AM
Rich, how's it comin' along?

05-23-2007, 07:49 PM
Just wrapped up the last days of shooting this past weekend. Shot in the woods, on the Suanne River in N. Florida. Anybody know what chiggars are? Me and the crew got COVERED in them. I have over 60 bites on my body and they itch like living HELL!!! I haven't had these since I was a young kid growing up in Georgia and we would go out into the woods.

Anyway, it's coming along nicely (the movie that is).
I'll post more pics tomorrow....Stay Tuned

Rich Nation

05-24-2007, 06:12 AM
The Italian Chef in the woods? What, did somebody order theirs to go?:D

05-24-2007, 06:22 PM
He He..got you asking questions...love it!





Bridget D.
05-25-2007, 06:15 PM
Rich - can't wait to see your movie!

05-25-2007, 07:57 PM
Love the shots I'm seeing so far. Chiggers are awful. That is one of the things I love about living in the Northwest. We don't have chiggers and I have only seen a tick once or twice. Oh, no red ants either!

05-25-2007, 09:54 PM
Love the screen grabs. Nice crane. I'm jealous.

05-27-2007, 07:55 PM
Nice grabs.

I wanna know what she's whispering now.

05-28-2007, 02:09 AM
Keep ya fingaz out the pie

06-01-2007, 05:49 PM
Well its finally done and over with, and the film has been uploaded!
Considering that I almost abandoned the ideal of doing this film (several times) because of actors quitting on me and locations falling through. AND the fact that it was pretty much GORILLA FILMMAKING all the way....it didn't turn out too bad. I do not, nor at any point did I ever, expect to win this fest. Having said that, I'm quite happy with the whole experience.

All the people involved with the project really like it. I want to thank them ALL for working with me and helping me with this vision. I couldn't have done it without them THANKS GUYS!!

Rich Nation


Norm Sanders
06-03-2007, 05:26 PM
Congrats on getting it finished, Rich! Yours will be among the first that I watch. :)

06-03-2007, 07:24 PM
Congratulations Rich....I didn't think you would finish...well, until you came back with chigger bites...then I knew, you MUST be serious, lol!

Thanks for including me, it was fun...ps, sorry for running over Miss Joy. -The Chef

06-03-2007, 09:16 PM

Thanks! I feel honored that you have me that high on your list of films to watch!

I'm sure its not anywhere near as good as yours!! Your last one was awesome as well. Maybe I will borrow your steady cam for my next one. lol

I'm jealous that you got your username changed to your real name. I've messaged Jarred numerous times requesting a change but still no reply. :-(

Rich Nation

Norm Sanders
06-03-2007, 09:42 PM
Don't underestimate yourself, Rich. I'm sure there will be more than one sleeper hit around here. Just because a film gets a ton of buzz or exposure doesn't mean it'll do well once viewed. Yours could easily be one of those sleeper hits, and I'm looking forward to watching it. :beer:

Oh, and thanks for the kudos; very kind of you.

Regarding the name change, it didn't happen overnite, and I can't recall if I PM'd Jarred about it more than once or not ... but I do know the guy is EXTREMELY busy, and as DVXuser becomes more & more self monitored by the members, I'm thinking he's not on here as much to have to take care of things ... so it could be a while why the change has been delayed.

It'll happen.

06-03-2007, 09:53 PM
No sleeper for me. I know I am looking forward to this one. :beer:

06-04-2007, 10:45 AM
Rich, you guys cracked me up. I'm glad you managed to finish it.

I want royalties on that Stella photo, btw. Should at least amount to a cannoli, I think. Nudgenudgewinkwink :thumbsup:

06-04-2007, 05:37 PM
Hey Rich.

Congrats on your entry. Nice job.

The things that worked for me:
I loved the opening music and the opening shots. Very nice.
The scene where the girl gets run down by the car was very "Soprano-ish" for me - and that's good

Here are the things that didn't work as well for me (and take these with a grain of salt - they're just my opinion):

I sense your pan shots are too fast so you're really losing clarity for the blur - which is fine for some shots if that's what you want to convey, but not all
I wasn't too sure about the "spies" theme here. But then again I can be rather dim.
The chase scene. I just didn't buy it. The chef takes one shot, then despite being really close (at least as close as he was when he was on the beach) he re-holsters and chases. And there were too many scenic shots that didn;t really advance the story. Just my opinion, of course. And I swear on the beach scene I could see your actor starting his run. Cut into that shot a little later and that problem is solved.
Watch your sound. There were some issues with it on my system. Such as the woman's dialogue just as she exits the restaurant and before she gets run down. There were other examples too.
Watch your lighting - especially those difficult shots where two heads are close together - the shadows can be distracting and not complimentary to your actors (especially female ones)

Anyway, I am glad I watched this, enjoyed it and am pleased you entered it.

Thanks very much.

06-04-2007, 06:43 PM

Thanks for viewing my film and for your comments.
Hind sight is always 20/20 it seems. Most of what you commented on I realized after it was too late.

Glad you liked the opening. It was a last minute thing and easiest part of the entire film. I originally had the italian music over the woods scenes but felt it took away from the suspense so this is what I came up with instead and it worked.

The pans: you're right I need to slow them down.

I don't know what happened to the sound during the encoding, but like when Chef walks out the door and doll (my wife btw) follows after him, her voice just went away for a second. NOT that way on the master.

Yeah we all talked about how I should have had the bad guy running alot farther ahead of the "spy". (it was not the chef chasing the guy in the woods, it was Robin the spy. dunno how u missed that) It's what happens the last day of shooting when everyone is screaming at me that they gotta hurry up and head home, so I'm rushing.

This was gorilla filmmaking to the core. No shot lists. And I think all my actors thought this was just gonna be a one shot take and they would be in and out in 30 minutes lmao!!!! I didn't explain otherwise to them, probably because I knew they would have bailed on me prior to shoot day if I had told them what's really involved!

Two of my locations fell through at the last minute and I had to improvise, so I rented the clubhouse at my condo for the interiors.

Nonethless everything it seemed was on a short ticking timeclock. I had just 3 hours to shoot 3 scenes for the interiors, as I rented the space and had to shut down by 11pm.

The exteriors in the woods: We were fighting sundown and I only saw the location for the first time 1hour prior to shooting!! Next day everyone was leaving.

Considering that the choice was either go with what I had or forget doing the spyfest altogether, I'm pretty pleased.

Sorry If these sound like excuses. Just wanted to reply to your imput, which I do really really appreciate! Thanks again.

chris f
06-05-2007, 12:51 PM
Standard Disclaimer: I've yet to see a bad film so far in this fest. Congratulations to every film maker, everyone did a great job. All my comments and criticisms are meant to be constructive and helpful and in no way am I trying to take anything away from what you accomplished.

Good: Some really great crane shots in there. Lighting was pretty good.

Not as Good: The first minute of the film doesn't do too much to grab the attention of the viewer. The music had a little bit of an 80s low budget feel to it.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
06-05-2007, 03:10 PM
I thought that the lighting during the dark scene with the girl was lit poorly. Too much of your shadow on her face at times.

I did like a lot of the shots you used though, very good angles.

The ending was good as well.

Nice entry.


06-05-2007, 04:57 PM
Thanks for your comments and for watching.
Yeah the shot of the Spy and the girl at the table..I HATE IT and wish i could re-do. We were soooo rushed to get out of there. It was the fastest shot I've ever done. lol Many thanks to Sarah for working with us on that scene. She was the only good thing about that scene. lol

No one has commented but.. do people get the ending? Do they understand who the girl is and that she's now over a foot taller than the Chef? (No that's not all from the boots). I tried to hide the fact she is alot taller than him til the end of the movie.

Anyway we had alot of fun with this and will raise the bar on the next filmfest!!!

rich nation

PS: some behind the scenes shots for ya:



david jerome
06-06-2007, 06:42 PM
Hey Rich,
When can we go out in the woods again with a bunch of loaded guns and a cooler of beer? And when can we take your HVX back out on the river in a very unstable canoe? Good times.

06-06-2007, 07:07 PM
yeah Dave, except nobody invited me . . .

06-07-2007, 08:18 PM
Good job with your film. I liked it.

06-08-2007, 09:48 AM
Kind of like the Sopranos meets Magnum PI (or insert other 80's show here). :)

Dialogue was cheesy, but if that was what you were going for, then it was perfect. My favorite line:

"Boys... time to make the sauce." That was classic!

I agree with Dahopa on the technical stuff.

KUDOS for the Walther! Used one in my film, too.

And I think you were the only film to have a credit for a "Weapons Specialist". Awesome!!!

Thanks for screening. Good job.

06-09-2007, 11:59 AM
...--> time to make the sauce bwahahahaha

Thanks for bringing me into the mind of an Italian chef mobster... wait a minute my Uncle Peter Petruzziello owned a restaurant.... I wonder.....

Ralph Oshiro
06-09-2007, 03:58 PM
Nice camerawork!

06-10-2007, 11:55 AM
My Thoughts:

At first.. I thought this was going to be "Sonic Man 2". Then it just turns out two guys running through the woods with really bad aim. I mean.. comon'.. Stop. Breath. Aim. and shot the punk.

Really cool river location. I dug it.

The second half of the film.. well, felt like another film. I think you could have halfed the chase sequence to get to the same point and bingo.. you have 2 more minutes to work with. and second 2nd.. I'd look into another audio library. Shew. Pop gun sounds just didn't work for me.

I really dug many of the shots and visuals of the film.

Looking forward to your next entry.

Norm Sanders
06-10-2007, 12:38 PM
Hey Rich, finally got a chance to watch the film. I laughed when I saw CHIGGER BUG productions ... was that AFTER you guys got chewed alive out in the woods, you decided to honor the little buggars with that in the title? Lol.

My favorite lighting scene was with Agent Robin and the leader (guessing that was you?), and the computer at the table. Nicely done. I also though the Italian Chef had some VERY strong Rober Deniro moments, facially, especially while he was in the kitchen.

When he saw the gal in the rear view mirror still mouthing off to him, I was thinking, he needs to gun it & run her down ... I was laughing as I saw him do just that.

The acting needed the most work in this, and the script could have used a little strengthening as well, but what I felt needed the most work was the opening. It took too long, IMO, to get into the story or any action, and when we did we had the agent chasing someone, yet unable to catch up with, someone who was obviously not in as good of shape as he was. Next, he misses a shot at less than 15 feet away, partly I guess because he doesn't think to stop running for a second to get a solid bead on the guy?! Finally, when he does, he gets the drop on the guy, but then holsters to run up to him, and then pull the gun back out to pop him at point blank range ... I dunno, that whole opening just seemed unrealistic to me is all.

The rest was fun to watch, and liked the characters. Loved the CU of the woman whispering into his ear on 'set up'.