Food in Film

Q&A with unearthed® food in film 2015 award finalist Miklos Terei

Miklos Terei, film-maker and photographer was our 3rd place documentary finalist of the unearthed® food in film – a category of the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year. His film ‘Streetfood Vietnam’ was the result of a memorable trip he and his wife took – where they experienced the wonderful sights, smells and food of Vietnam. We caught up with him to find more about his film and why producing a 2 minute-long film was such a challenge.

Tell us a bit about yourself?
I live in Hungary with my wife and 6 year old daughter. We’re passionate about healthy and cultural food, we love to travel – especially with the combination of travel and food, discovering different cultures and their gastronomy.

How long have you been working in the industry, what’s your background?
First I started to learn photography, but soon I felt in love with motion pictures. I’ve now been making different videos and film, for about 10 years now.

I fell in love with motion pictures and made my first movie in 1998, but have been making films regularly since 2004.

Did you study photography or film at college/university?
I only attended photography and videography courses, but mainly I’m self-taught, thanks to the power of the internet and tons of tutorials and books.

When did you first get into film production?
I made my first movie in 1998, but have been making films regularly since 2004.

'Streetfood Vietnam' by Miklos Terei - 2015 unearthed® food in film finalist

Is film your main job or a hobby?

My main job for about 10 years now.

How did the film come about?
In 2013 my wife and I were able to visit Asia for the first time, so we spent 2 weeks in Vietnam in 2013. The initial film was a travel mood movie about our moments and experiences.

What was your inspiration?
The subject itself. A dream came true with this trip and we loved every single moment of that journey, while exploring this totally different culture. We are great lovers of Asian, and specially Vietnamese food, so we specially adored the variety of spices, tastes and dishes.

How long did the film take to make?
As this was a personal project and the shoemaker’s show is leaky, it took about a year to start the edit, then I made it to my wife’s birthday in a few days.

Who was on the team?
Just my wife and I

What was the hardest/most difficult thing about making the film?
Firstly to get a 2 minute extract from whole 13 minute long film, then to choose what shots to keep and what to let go.

What gadget can you not do without when you’re filming?
My monopod.

A dream came true with this trip and we loved every single moment of that journey, while exploring this totally different culture.

Your top 3 tips for making a foodie film

  • Be conscious about what and why you do it
  • Each shot, composition and camera movement affects your story
  • Your film will reflect how you honour food and cooking

Where did you hear about unearthed® food in film
A food photographer friend of mine has drawn my attention to it.

How has winning the competition helped your career?
I only came 3rd, but that’s still very valuable to me. So far there have been no direct effects on my career, but we will wait and see

And now for some foodie questions

What is your favourite dish?
Beef Wellington

What’s your most memorable meal
A spider-crab caught and grilled fresh by Moroccan fisherman right on the beach

Where in the world would you most like to eat?
Almost anywhere in Asia.

If you’d like to view more of Miklos’ work visit his website.

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