Film catering and craft services play an extremely important role in ensuring a film shoot runs smoothly. Without adequate nutrition, film cast and crew members won’t be able to keep up with the demands of long tough work days.
When you watch a movie, you might think about things like the costumes, script, sound and directing. What you might not consider is how all those cast and crew members are fed! Here are 5 interesting facts about film catering:
Planning is Key
Especially if the film is being shot on location. The location could be very remote and hundreds of miles from the nearest gourmet restaurant. For Empire of the Sun, shot in China, food had to be shipped from Australia and New Zealand – every potato, apple, and egg for 400 people! Sometimes the locations are not very accessible (think of a mountainside in Scotland for example), so careful planning for transportation of all equipment and food is essential. Film caterers also need to consider dietary restrictions and preferences. Caterers must also stick to a schedule throughout the day – not having food ready in time can delay shots/scenes.
Long Days & Tight Schedule
Workdays on film sets are known to be long and tough. Fourteen to sixteen hour days, six days a week are normal. And the caterer’s day usually starts well before sunrise – two to three hours earlier than the cast and crew arrive for breakfast. A “walking breakfast” that spans around three hours allows the crew to arrive at staggered intervals and still get fed. Lunch is served around six hours later. The goal is to get everyone fed in 30-45 minutes – there’s no time for a leisurely lunch on set!
A film’s catering costs are considered a “below the line” expense. Food costs for film catering are higher than a typical restaurant – in the 50% range compared to 22-30% range. And the percentage of a film’s budget dedicated to catering is usually only around 1% of total production cost. For a $3 million made-for-TV movie filmed over three weeks, the budget might be around $30,000-$40,000.
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Vancouver is the third largest film production center in North America. 2015 was a record-breaking year: over $2 billion was spent and 26 feature films were produced here. One of the largest productions was Deadpool, which spent over $40 million in Vancouver and employed over 2000 local cast and crew. That’s a lot of hungry people to feed! Film catering budgets will vary, but undoubtedly as Vancouver becomes an increasingly popular film mecca, the demand for caterers will also increase.
Craft vs. Catering
Craft services provides snacks that are available throughout the day whereas film caterers provide the (typically) hot sit-down meals. Depending on budget, craft services might provide anywhere from simple coffee and pre-packaged snacks to more elaborate sushi and cappuccinos. These two services may be provided by the same company, but are usually separate.
Other references used:
https://www.austinchronicle.com/food/2004-08-06/223087/ (for food budget)
Getting married is the happiest time of your life, but unfortunately, it can also be the most stressful. From the dress to the venue, making decisions is a huge part of this big day. One of the hardest decisions, which is determined based on your budget, is what to serve your guests at the reception. Is it a finger food only party? Or is it a sit-down meal. Truth is, nine out of ten weddings opt for a buffet. Now, which buffet is for you?
Summer Lovin’ BBQ Buffet
This moderately priced buffet consists of some great food, perfect for a rustic themed wedding. The food served with this buffet are hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks, grilled potatoes, garden salad, chef’s salad, pasta salad and your classic cheese and fruit platters.
Soup Du Jour Buffet
This is a buffet that happens to be an inexpensive choice for those weddings on a budget. Simply put, the food is a wide range of soup partnered with a variety of sandwiches. A common favorite is Italian Wedding soup partnered with a ham and brie sandwich on a croissant. Minestrone is a fan favorite as well, and that goes best with roast beef.
Breakfast for Dinner Buffet
Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? This simple, low cost buffet is enough to fill both the stomach and heart of each guest. The food included is generally scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, hashbrowns and pancakes topped with delicious whipped cream and strawberries. Milk, juice and coffee are popular beverages to serve with this type of buffet.
This type of buffet is pretty expensive if you consider how many people you have to feed compared to the average cost per plate, which ranges around thirty to sixty dollars. The food served is Lobster, muscles, crab, seafood chowder, steak, chicken, and things like that. Lobster being a pricey option, you may be able to pull this off without including it if you need to lower the costs.
This is a fun buffet and a fan favorite for many people. It consists of different types of pasta and pizza, and breads. Price range wise it is on the cheaper side when comparing to things like a turkey or ham dinner. The only issue is that you won’t be able to cater to guests with gluten allergies or intolerances, so be sure to have something on the menu to make up for it.
Ranging around twelve to twenty dollars a plate, this buffet is frequently chosen because it contains classic food that people are used to. You have turkey or chicken, ham and roast beef, with vegetables and gravy, complimented with rolls.
While most of these buffets are commonly selected as wholes, you can also opt to mix and match with some of them. If you are the bride-to-be and you want to have lobster for breakfast, or spaghetti with your classic buffet, it’s completely your choice and keep in mind, most caterers can accommodate specific requests.
Catering and craft services are extremely important in filmmaking. With up to 16-hour work days, 6 days a week, they play a huge role in the crew’s physical and mental wellbeing. And unlike famous actors, other crew members can’t get their moms cooking flown in by helicopter.
For those confused between the two, here we have a quick summary of catering and craft services.
Film caterers cook whole meals- breakfast, lunch, and dinner- for the set. Different regions handle this in different ways.
In Vancouver, there’s no official break but meals are passed out all day. This is called “French hours”, allowing crew members to grab a bite whenever free. European’s use a similar system- prioritizes the momentum of the film. There’s usually a buffet laid out allowing workers to eat when off work. In Hollywood, meals at set times. Usually, every 6 hours lasting for 30 minutes each. If they started filming at 4 am the next meal would be at 10 am and so on.
Craft services provide both snacks and help with any miscellaneous projects. The word craft refers to film departments: sound, electronics, camera, acting, directors, special effects, make-up, and props.
These snacks are offered throughout the day. This can include muffins, cookies, cereal, coffee, salad, and sushi. Craft services usually end up being the social center of the film.
They also act as extra hands. You can find them “digging a hole to place a camera at ground level, laying out protective material on sets — and cleanups, too. After a movie car crash, for instance, craft service would sweep up the broken glass.” writes NPR’s Susan Stamberg.
Film budget and Food
The quality of the food is influenced by the film’s budget. A menu can vary anywhere from pizza and cookies for a low budget production to fresh caviar and lobster for a more expensive one.
Producers also must account for the crew size, dietary needs, and most importantly location. Whether they’re in the countryside of Ireland, a remote desert, or Alaska actors need their supper. In the end, catering and craft services usually comes out to be more expensive than the camera department.
If you want a shoot to run smoothly then you’ve got to have a solid catering and/or craft service. Food is one of the number one complaints in filmmaking so producers pay attention.
The Wedding Day is a very special day in everybody’s life. It is the day when you take vows and unite with your better-half. But even before you step-up the dais to say ‘I do’, there is a long list of checklist that requires your attention. Surely, catering and food menu tops the list.
To plan a wedding food menu easily and quickly, take a look at the following food ideas.
1. Quick Bites
The most crunchy and crispy part of any wedding is when the appetisers are being served. An exciting appetiser menu has all the strength to make the cocktail hour the highlight of the wedding. Impress your guests with your creative and startling food presentation.
2. Coffee Desserts
Coffee dessert drinks infused with cream make-up a mouth-watering amalgamation. So, don’t miss out on those Kona coffee & Kahlua brownies and Starbucks-inspired coffee dessert drinks to please all your caffeine lover guests.
3. Soup Shots
Surprise your guests with this novel idea of non-alcoholic drink shots. Imagine cold gazpacho and cream of zucchini soup in shot glasses. Sounds innovative! Doesn’t it?
4. Breakfast Foods
Had a great time at your best friend’s wedding? And now it is your turn? Make your wedding as special and unique as you! Go for a brunch wedding reception with bacon, scrambled eggs, muffins and sunrise, and live the best day of your life fully.
5. Food Truck
Food truck wedding ideas are becoming very famous these days. These are a trendy and hassle-free option for any wedding. Food trucks are a superb blend of bold, modern and classic twists. So, don’t hesitate! Serve your guests with delicious cuisines and cocktails on wheels.
6. Colour-Coordinated Cocktails
The first impression is the last impression. Make sure the set-up of the cocktail bar is nice, neat and exotic. Add something funky to the cocktail hour with colour-coordinated cocktails. Believe us, this hour is the most awaited hour at any wedding!
7. Do-It-Yourself Dessert Stations
Think out of the box! Give folks an opportunity to make their desserts. For a formal setup at the wedding, set up a dessert station and position a waiter to help out the elderlies and kids in making their yummy and sugary desserts.
8.Live Chef Stations
For hot ready-to-eat snacks such as oysters, sushi and pasta, live chef stations are a hit at the weddings. A live chef station is one food station that allows guests to have their blend of flavours in a dish. Such a station is also a favourite spot for mingling.
9. Pour in Some Wine
Want to taste poetry from a bottle? How about removing the cork of a wine bottle and letting the celebrations begin? Fill the air with the fragrance of wine and romance, and allow the guests to sway in love.
10. Come Up with a Theme
The concept of a theme food menu is incredibly attractive and popular. Themes set the right tone for the whole wedding menu. There are a variety of food themes to choose from, such as spring, seasonal, ethnic, etc. Select your favourite theme and make your wedding a stylish affair.
Choose these catering ideas and make your guests go ga-ga over these surprising arrangements.
What would be the shape of the world without love, good food and a glass of wine? Bleak, isn’t it?
Love and food have some cosmic connection. A table filled with good food and wine has stirred the emotions of many men and women. The secret behind this connection is that many foods are aphrodisiacs. Such foods have the power to stimulate strong feelings of pleasure and intimacy. To add to it, the season of love is here again, shining brightly on every love bird. Make the most of this Valentine’s Day by taking charge of the kitchen and showing your special someone that you care.
‘Cooking Is the Love Made Visible’
If the road to your companion’s heart is through their stomach, then these food ideas cut to Hecuba. Make your special one’s heart aflutter by keeping in mind these utterly delicious Valentine food secrets.
#1 Peanut Butter Crunch French Toast
Nothing can beat a perfect breakfast feast in bed for a cuddly, cosy and comfy beginning to your Valentine’s Day. Impress your better-half with this easy-to-make, mouth-watering peanut butter French toast.
All you need to grab is two pieces of buttery brioche, full of smooth and creamy peanut butter. Layer the toast with crunchy cornflakes and toast them until they are unwilted. Finally, garnish the French toast with maple syrup and fresh berries.
#2 Dark Chocolate Cherry Brownies
Many of you must be aware of chocolate’s aphrodisiac power. We urge you to use this power on Valentine’s Day. Express your love with an amazing fusion of dark chocolate and cherries. Sink your teeth into this special brownie and allow yourself and your partner to experience pure temptation.
#3 Red Velvet Cake Bites
Do you want to experience the bliss of heaven on earth with your beloved? Indulge in the soft, red velvet cake bites that make for one of the best food ideas for every occasion. Savour the fusion of cake and frosting, immersed in chocolate, and deepen the bond of love forever.
#4 Heart-Shaped Pizza
Love expressed through pizza is eternal. Prepare a freshly homemade pizza crust crowned with crimson tomatoes, Gruyere cheese, salami and black olives, and present it to her/him with a glass of red wine. And this time, don’t make a triangle but a heart shaped pizza for your darling.
#5 Parmesan Marinara Mussels
If you want to treat the love of your life to a traditional candlelight dinner, then parmesan marinara mussels would make a terrific first course meal for your V-day evening celebration.
‘Food Is the Ingredient That Binds Us Together’
To make your relationship stronger and deeper, two factors will go a long way – quality time and food. This love season, give greeting cards, bouquets and gifts a rest and spend some beautiful time with your love instead. Make 14th February a unique and extraordinary day by creating some beautiful reminiscences with food that ‘put you in the mood’.
Well, now would you stop blushing and start preparing some delicious dishes for your soulmate? You won’t be let down, we promise!