Cooking With Liz: The Pastie Episode

Very early on in my video production career I did a few personal projects to better learn my craft and also to capture some of the stories of the people in my life for future generations.

My grandmother made a meat, potato, and vegetable filled pastry dish called pasties that have been a family favorite since as long as I can remember. Over Thanksgiving dinner I talked her and my grandfather (he owned the camera) into coming over the next day and shooting the video.

My grandfather is the person who taught me all about photography which sparked my love of film, so this was a great chance for the both of us to work on something that also featured my grandmother too.

The next day, grandma showed up at the house with a bag of groceries and her hair and makeup done. We transformed my mom’s kitchen into a video set and spent the next 8 hours making pasties.

This fun little project really captured a feeling of who my grandparents were. Since they’ve passed on, it is the only way my children will get to know them as they grow up. It’s also a great way for my extended family to remember her and pass along at least one family tradition.

Check out the results:

Andrew Seltz

Andrew was born in Michigan, raised there and in Tennessee, and has since lived outside Orlando, in Chicago, New York City, and now Birmingham, Alabama. He produces videos and websites for a living and is married to a beautiful, generous, loving woman who also happens to be a talented actress and writer - They have two daughters.

2 thoughts on “Cooking With Liz: The Pastie Episode

  • lisa lannan

    I love this…I just hope I can master the masters way of making pasties. xxoxox thanks for the video…

  • ASeltz


    I’m glad you like it. This film, and the making of it, is among the best memories I have of my grandparents. It is also (in my opinion, anyway) one of the best uses I have made of my training as a filmmaker – and this was very early on in my career and done on a shoestring. I’ve learned so much since then.

    Oh, and pasties are Awesome!!!


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