How Realistic Fake Foods Are Made For TV And Movies



is this food making you hungry well don't try to take a bite because these delicious-looking foods are actually fake TV shows and movies will try to use real foods on screen when possible but there are a number of reasons why food props might be used instead for example if ice cream is used they don't want it to melt between takes or if you need a lot of food in the background of a shot companies like independent studio services and display fake foods offer pre-made food props that can be ordered in bulk but oftentimes movies need items specially made that's when they seek out a fake food artist like Lisa Friedman for people who need something specific that's why they reach out to me I'm an artist I went to school for art and I also love to cook and bake there's not a lot of us out there that do this Brenda Chapman also makes fake foods in Oklahoma I just kind of figure it out so I had no formal training didn't go to college started this just so I could be a stay-at-home mom with my kids both women work out of studios in their homes they can recreate pretty much anything much of their day-to-day business is in restaurant displays and food shows but prop masters will contact them if they need food items for movies in the last 20 years I've done almost three million dollars with him a fake food business Brenda has had her work featured in a number of productions for Glee she made some ice cream for this diner scene the in their diner scene they wanted milkshakes and hot fudge sundaes and banana splits that were new happy quarter eaten so that they could switch them out during the that takes she says you don't always know where your food will end up like when some of her items popped up in the Muppets when Miss Piggy eats my doughnuts I didn't realize that they had bought my doughnuts of course and sometimes your food doesn't even make the final cut Thor action the movie actually bought like $500 were the donuts and they had a building that said donut shop or donut plan they never went inside so I do see my Donuts is very sad here's a creamsicle Lisa Friedman mean that was featured in a scene from Kevin probably saves the world the coldest thing they have thank you I guess his eye was swollen he got hit in it well the details may vary based on the artist the creation process is pretty standard we stopped by Lisa Freeman's home in New York to see how she makes her fake foods after the order is submitted typically the customer will send her a real version of the food they want duplicated then she will produce a mold out of the item to get the exact size and shape we tried it mold it close to the color so that we're not starting with a blank white canvas typically fake foods are made with rubber or foam she pours the material into the mold and lets it set foam rises like actual dough so she needs to prevent it from spilling out it's like I'm baking a cake right and I'm baking my bread then she sands the excess pieces down once the item is dry it's painted and detailed to look like real food with my background in painting I can color it to be as you know as realistic as it is you just kind of have to look at things a little differently and think okay it's not made for this but it doesn't look like this we do use a lot of styrofoam's a lot of just stuff from the local hardware store you know caulking and drywall patching and sheetrock mud to replicate granola and ground beef Lisa uses crushed cork board cork is kind of like breaks up like granola so we took some cork boards and we started breaking it down sometimes real food is used like covering actual popcorn cereal or candy and resin to preserve it it's often hard to tell the finished product from the original I don't do this for the money it's kind of more for the accolades when my customers right oh I love it it came out great and while these items might make your mouth water they're only a feast for your eyes you

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