Since October, my friend John Kruusi and I have been running a food blog called Crustcrumbs. Â We shoot a variety of different styles of food in the different scenarios in which you would eat it. Â Sometimes it’s delicious food, like a big turkey dinner, and sometimes it’s… well, not so delicious. Â Like actual recipes straight out of housekeeping magazines from the 70s, made by our favourite local Toronto comedy duo, Terrific Women. Â We’re nearing the end of 70s Week on Crustcrumbs, so I thought I would share some behind-the-scenes photos from our shoot.
The Terrific Women are Linda and Joy (Sara Hennessey and Steph Kaliner), two feminists in 1974 who have their own public access cable program. Â We wanted to keep up the crappy 70s no-budget look with questionable lighting, too many patterns, and macramÃ© monkeys. Â Oh, and the food.
John did an amazing jobÂ finding inspiration for all these (gross) recipes, making everything, and styling the food so it looked like it came straight out of a 1970s clearance bin cookbook.
We even had a designer make custom 1970s-style labels for some of the bottles and cans.
Since we were doing two things at once – me shooting stills andÂ Tristan GoughÂ shooting video – we had to figure out the lighting. Â We had to decide if we wouldÂ set up both video lights for filming and strobes for still photography. Â Since we weren’t going for a professional, polished look with the photos, ultimately we decided to only light for video,Â andÂ I took photos behind-the-scenes with my sound blimp like on a film set. Â Shooting during filming presents some challenges, but it always makes for some great natural facial expressions:
So far this week, we’ve posted recipes and videos for Mai-Tai Cocktails, Minced Clam Cheese Dip, Pineapple-Ham Spread, and Pepperoni Salad. Â If you visit Crustcrumbs tomorrow, you’ll findÂ a classic 70s dessert. Â Spoilers: