Taste Of London - Shamaiza Haider. (Directors Cut. The experience) Stay Tuned. Story to follow soon!!
This officially brought my food experience on the project to a close. By now my understanding of my expectations in doing the documentaries had become so fluid that it had become second nature to know what to do and how I wanted things to turn out without referring to the documentary structure sheet.
This documentary was a fun experience full of laughter and experiments. One thing that I have loved throughout this project is that each documentary has told its own story different from each other, but can be related to the audience reading which is what I was aiming to achieve.
The process of going to university is a time of finding ones self and students from different borough’s and towns afar embark on this journey, some excited to get away from home, some not so excited but there is one thing they all have in common and this being the longing for some good old home cooking.
I really found her story interesting as I live at home and commute into University on a daily basis, so I’ve never known what it’s like to miss home cooking as I’m constantly surrounded by it all the time and sometimes, more so recently I wish I could get away from it as it’s turning me into a little round ball which is a problem now as the summer season is now approaching.
Everything within the experience went to plan apart from one issue, which has made a consistent appearance in each documentary. What I’m referring to is nerves.
I must be honest though, before the experience she did explain to me that she really did want to be a part of the documentary but was fearful of allowing her nerves and shyness get the better of her, which was weird for me as she is one of the most outgoing extroverts I know. However after minimal persuasion she caved in and agreed to be a part of it.
The documentary started off with bunches of nerves from Shamaiza but like the rest of the documentaries; as the time went on whilst filming, she began to ease her nerves and she became more relaxed which is what I was looking for as I could see she was comfortable in what she was doing which is also what I wanted the audience to see too. Not just for Shamaiza’s documentary but all of them.
Whilst shooting the documentary, we experienced little technical difficulties. The weather was on the good that day and it meant a lot of natural light was used. Instead of the technical, we experienced cooking difficulties with food splashing off the pot and creating an extremely laughable yet dangerous moments. We should have discussed Health & Safety prior to this.