I'm a local small-time filmmaker looking to make a "Direct Cinema" influenced short about a local kitchen. To over-simplify, Direct Cinema is basically a documentary of sorts that simply shows events unfolding with out any voice over narration or any kind of formal, talking head interviews. Very fly-on-the-wall stuff.
What I'm looking for is a busy kitchen with an exciting staff to film for a day-- from prep work to clean up. I totally and fully realize, having friends in the industry, that allowing a camera into a kitchen, where space is always at a premium, is going to be a tall order, but I have to try.
I've gotten some suggestions from other people who work in kitchens and restaurants, but thought I'd ask here to: Does anyone have some ideas about a loud, bustling kitchen that might look good on film (err... HD video)? Any exciting chefs with powerful personalities? Any ideas would be greatly helpful-- I'm guessing I'll probably have to have a long list to even get one kitchen to agree...