How Realistic Fake Foods Are Made For TV And Movies

Movies and TV shows tend to use real food when they can, but there are a number of times when they need something fake. We spoke with two fake food artists who specialize in making custom, inedible treats for restaurants, trade shows, and Hollywood.ย  Here's how fake food props are made to look so delicious.
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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 . [music]. you . .
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