The filmmakers work with large quantities of food: only the best leaves of lettuce are good.
‘Three, two, one,’ counts down special effects assistant Inge van Heezik. ‘Keng!’ A hamburger, a slice of cheese, strips of bacon, slices of tomato and onion rings fall down. There, after the landing, they form a sad pile of food. The cheese even flattens on the floor. Finally, the nicely brown toasted top of a bun plops onto the pile. “The burger fell just too far to the left,” says special-effects supervisor Willem van Muijden. He filmed the food fall with his telephone and is playing the recording again. The meat slice bounced back up after landing, the video shows, and in the process touched the bacon. With that, the bacon launched the onion and tomato. “And the lettuce falls too long. The vegetable catches a lot of air. ‘This lettuce looks like a parachute,’ Van Muij- den observes. ‘This makes the bun stick above the lettuce. Last time we had different lettuce.’ The goal of this exercise: to make a video in which you see the ingredients falling down, so that they pile up into a tasty hamburger bun. It seems an almost impossible task.