When fans think of their favorite movies being made, we probably think of the actors, the locations, the props, the costumes. Rarely do we think of the food on screen. But in Catching Fire, food is going to be pretty important (at least it is in the book). A few culinary students from the University of North Alabama have the opportunity to work on the set of Catching Fire. Here’s a little about them from the student newspaper, The Flor-Ala:
Culinary students Vanessa Gerig and Eero Wilson will be assisting on the set of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
Perini began working for White and they both did food styling for the first “Hunger Games” movie and were hired again for the second. They needed some extra help for one scene in the second film, so Perini contacted Wilson to see if he could break away from school and work to go to Atlanta to help them out.
Wilson’s experience has proven to him the vitality the culinary arts has on seemingly unrelated industries, such as that of film, and has expanded his critical thinking skills as well as firsthand application with social behavior.
“My experience on set was important to me because it allowed me to understand the film industry from a perspective I have only heard and read about,” Wilson said. “There is a lot to learn on set, and my little job is just one piece of a massive puzzle that is always getting bigger.
“I did use the skills and tools I acquired to analyze and assess a lot of the things going on around. I spent a good bit of time thinking of ways to maximize efficiency and ways to reduce cost, but it’s hard to implement many of these things when the industry relies on ‘what if’ situations. People change their minds all of the time, and when it involved food on film, it was our job to make it happen. We had to be prepared for anything they threw at us, and that involves a little bit of waste, no matter what you learned in class.”
You can read the rest of the article HERE. That sounds like a challenging, but amazing opportunity for those students!
Source: The Flor-ala