Burgers are a big thing around here. Beefy, sloppy, oozing cheese, gushing out a plethora of condiments, lettuce, tomatoes, and whatever else our cravings demand be packed in there. Long story short, we like ‘em big and juicy. A demure patty with a flabby bun just won’t satisfy a ravenous appetite, and so, as an ode to one of the most perfect of foods, we built an outlandish, oversized burger and captured it in all its mouthwatering glory, with this stop-motion video.
For the burger build, this meant having a carefully written list of ingredients and the order in which they’d be piled into a Big Mouth Burger. Food, especially this item, is an ideal subject for stop motion due to its variety of colors and textures, however, it’s got its drawbacks, too. Since the ingredients have a brief life on set (meat dries out, lettuce leaves wilt), stylist and photographer must be quick and certain, the one carefully arranging, the other precisely shooting. The trickiest task: not moving a thing.
Should an ingredient change positions, it will be evident in the final video. To avoid any slipping and sliding, we relied on toothpicks and Zap-a-Gap, a glue more super than the everyday variety (it even glues wet things! Our egg yolk was adhered to the white with a few drops of it).
Sound was the final component. If you didn’t watch the video with the volume fully pumped, do watch it again as Benny Mouthon’s original score is pitch-perfect and has a hilarious surprise ending.
So without further ado, please enjoy Cookin’ and Shootin’s début into video.