Here’s How The Futuristic Food In Sci-Fi Movies Is Created


We all know that not all the food that they show in movies, or at least they are not what they look like. For instance, Hannibal Lecter doesn’t really eat human flesh and neither does Drew Barrymore in Santa Clarita Diet. But that’s all meat and blood, what about stuff that we haven’t yet seen or experienced? That is, space-age food or meals from the future. Here’s how they do it.


An Abstraction Of Existing Food

In an interview for Food & Wine, food stylist C.C. Buckley, revealed some exciting work that goes down in the making of the outlandish food that is shown to be from 100 years later or from out of this planet. Speaking about the edibles that were created during one of her projects, Buckley said “the dishes [became] kind of an abstraction of things we ate as kids or eat now.”

The project, a photo essay by Allie Wist christened Flooded, features a bunch of edibles that resemble water-residing beings like oysters, mollusks, planktons, et al.

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Food Styling For The Future

As per Janice Poon, a popular TV food stylist, creating futuristic food involves drawing inspiration from the script or the surroundings as well as from the characters in the scene and the tone of the scene. However, Poon admits that “because it is sci-fi, you can do just about anything really.”

To create the space age magic, Poon relies on tools like wet wipes, syringes, and a four and a half inch white ceramic santoku knife that enables Poon to work in the darkness of a set.

“The way you work on film, they just have a little task light in my work area and its right by the set,” Poon tells Food & Wine. “So I can’t have a ton of light because there’s too much spill, or I’ll screw up the lighting of the set. Plus I have to have stuff that’s quiet, so a ceramic knife is much quieter than a metal knife.”

LI-FOOD-HANNIBAL NOVEMBER 8 – Food stylist and cookbook author Janice Poon prepares a macabre Christmas spread with recipes from her book, Feeding Hannibal. Included is a bacon, parchment paper and clay wrapped chicken. November 8, 2016. Bernard Weil/Toronto Star

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Binge eater by day and binge watcher by night, Ankita is fluent in food, film, and Internet. When she’s not obsessing over the hottest trends, tacos, and the perfect author’s bio, you can find her under a pile of Jeffery Archer’s novels or looking for the nearest wine shop.

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