Joella’s Hot Chicken

Joella’s Hot Chicken

Video Synopsis

Ocean Llama was commissioned to craft a captivating highlight video for Joella’s Hot Chicken, aimed at showcasing the vibrant essence of the restaurant and the exquisite quality of its food. This dynamic video project spanned two productive days. On the first day, the focus was on capturing the meticulous food preparation process, creating stunning beauty shots of the plated dishes, and recording a mesmerizing time-lapse sequence for the video’s finale. The second day was dedicated to bringing the restaurant’s lively atmosphere to the forefront, highlighting its amenities, and shining a spotlight on the exceptional customer service.

One of the standout features of this production was the innovative use of a jib to provide sweeping, cinematic views of the plated food, adding a touch of elegance to the presentation. To overcome the challenges of tight kitchen spaces, Ocean Llama employed compact, battery-powered lights, ensuring that each shot was perfectly illuminated without compromising the working area. Additionally, strategically placed GoPro cameras offered viewers a unique first-person perspective, immersing them in the experiences of the restaurant’s dedicated staff. This blend of creative techniques resulted in a video that not only captures the flavors and ambiance of Joella’s Hot Chicken but also tells a compelling story of culinary passion and dedication.

Our Role

  • Cinematographer
  • Lighting
  • Jib Operator
  • Editor
  • Graphics
  • Color Correction

Client Description

Joella’s Hot Chicken is a renowned culinary establishment that has captured the hearts and taste buds of food enthusiasts across the Midwest and Southeast. Founded in Louisville, Kentucky, Joella’s is dedicated to delivering a one-of-a-kind hot chicken experience infused with southern hospitality. With a commitment to using all-natural ingredients and preparing dishes from scratch, Joella’s pays homage to the traditional recipes passed down through generations. Led by the indomitable Miss Joella, the brand adds a touch of spice to every aspect of its operations, ensuring that each visit is filled with joy and satisfaction. From the perfectly juicy and crispy fried chicken to the array of homemade dipping sauces and delectable side dishes, Joella’s offers a diverse menu that caters to all palates. Whether it’s the first-time guests seeking a quick and flavorful meal or the loyal patrons who appreciate the variety and quality, Joella’s creates an inviting and family-friendly environment that leaves a lasting impression. With a commitment to values such as passion and integrity, Joella’s team members strive to provide a full-service dining experience, even in a fast-casual setting. From dine-in to pickup, delivery, and catering, Joella’s ensures that its exceptional flavors and warm hospitality are accessible to all. As the largest hot chicken brand in the country, Joella’s continues to expand its reach, seeking new communities to share its craveable flavors and unforgettable dining experiences. At Joella’s Hot Chicken, it’s not just about the heat; it’s about the flavor that makes every meal a memorable one.

Joella’s has 11 locations across Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.


The final deliverable for Joella’s Hot Chicken was a masterfully crafted 4K video, meticulously tailored for web deployment. This exquisite highlight reel, showcasing the restaurant’s alluring essence and culinary excellence, was delivered with precision and flair. Beyond its initial purpose, the footage was ingeniously repurposed, playing a pivotal role in promoting the brand’s expansion. As Joella’s Hot Chicken spread its wings to open new locations across the United States, these vivid and engaging video segments became a cornerstone of their social media strategy.

This strategic repurposing of content not only enhanced Joella’s social media presence but also played a crucial role in capturing the hearts of new audiences, as they ventured into Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. This project’s success lies not just in the high-quality production but in its ability to encapsulate the essence of Joella’s Hot Chicken and translate it into a compelling narrative that resonates with viewers nationwide.

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