Posts Tagged ‘Parts Unknown’

“Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.”
Anthony Bourdain


Saturday night I had an enjoyable meal at Isabelle’s located at The Historic Peninsula Inn in Gulfport, Florida. I took this photo the next morning because I knew it’d be bathed in the early morning light. (The blue sky was a bonus.)


I thought a lot about Anthony Bourdain over the last few days since hearing about this death. I enjoyed his shows and how he balanced talking about food, travel, movies, and culture. While I have traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and overseas on various productions, my entire career probably looks like a slow year for Bourdain. One article I read said he was sometimes on the road 250 days a year.

No need for me to read into his death, but I’ll miss seeing him explore far (and near) places. His work continued a thread in my life that started when I grew up listening to Jimmy Buffett’s music. A desire to see the far side of the world. And sometimes just the far side of the United States that are sometimes in our own backyards.

So when I pulled into the small art town of Gulfport (next to St. Petersburg) there was a spirit of discovery there that just made my short trip enjoyable.

Related posts;

Parts Unknown Part 1

Parts Unknown Part 2

Parts Unknown Part 3

Parts Unknown Part 4

Parts Unknown Part 5

Parts Unknown Part 6

Parts Unknown Part 7

Parts Unknown Part 8

Parts Unknown Part 9

Parts Unknown Part 10

Scott W. Smith


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Ramadan is over,
The new moon’s shown her face,
I’m halfway round the planet,
In a most unlikely place
Far Side of the World lyrics by Jimmy Buffett

I’ll end this 10 part look at Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown  with a couple of interviews that gives you a better glimpse of how that show is put together.

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“Entropy and chaos are always upon us.”
Parts Unknown DP Zach Zamoni on shooting on locations around the world

A few days ago on a post about Charleston I mentioned an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown  that was shot in South Carolina.  So I think I’ll take part of this week to touch on how that show is produced. Zach Zamboni is director of photography on Parts Unknown and has won 3 Emmys on the show for Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming.

Here’s a talk Zamboni gave where gives some glimpses into how that show is produced. At the 39 minute mark he mentioned that they shoot between 40 and 100 hours of footage for each one hour show—and probably average 60 hours per show.  Each shot is shot between 4 and 12 days. It’s a super look into the technical and creative decisions that go into each show.

If you’ve never seen the Part Unknown it’s a fascinating show shot around the world with an emphasis on food and culture. All eight seasons are currently available on Netflix. The Charleston episode somehow covers both fine dinning—a cameo by actor Bill Murray— and The Waffle House.

Scott W. Smith

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