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Go Behind the Scenes at a McDonald’s Photo Shoot | McDonald’s

Go Behind the Scenes at a McDonald’s Photo Shoot | McDonald’s

>>HOPE BAGOZZI: Hi, I’m Hope Bagozzi, Director of Marketing for McDonald’s Canada. I’m here with a question from Isabel M., from
Toronto, Ontario. She asks, “Why does your food look different
in the advertising” “than what is in the store?” It’s a great question, Isabel. We get asked
that a lot. And if you want to come with me, I’m going to take you across the street and we’re going to find out a bit more. C’mon!>>HOPE: Hello!>>MCDONALD’S EMPLOYEE: Hi!>>HOPE: Could I please order a Quarter Pounder
with Cheese? Thank you, thank you so much! Here’s my hot and fresh Quarter Pounder with
Cheese! Oh, it looks good! Look at this beauty! We’ll put this one back in the box. We’re going to go over to our photo studio and see a little bit more about behind the
scenes, what happens at a photo shoot. So we’re en route to Watt Photo Studios. Watt has been our agency, doing all of our merchandising creative, for probably about seven years. What we’re going to do here is we’re actually going to put the burger that you saw me just buy… we’re going to put it side-by-side next to
a burger that we going to actually craft from scratch, with our food stylist and our photographer. We’re going to compare what’s different about
the two. I’ve just bought this Quarter Pounder with
Cheese. It’s as hot off the press as it can be.>>NEIL: Good.>>HOPE: So maybe we just put that in and
get a photo of it, so we can use that for comparison.>>NEIL: So we’ll keep the camera, the lights
and everything the same. It will be a direct comparison of the right
side of both burgers.>>HOPE:Perfect, that makes total sense. What I’m going to do is introduce you now
to Noah, who is our food stylist. Ohâ that burger was made in about a minute
or so. The process we go through on the average shoot
takes several hours. And here, I think it’s important to note that all the ingredients that Noah uses are the exact same ingredients that we use
in the restaurant. So it’s the exact same patties, it’s the exact same ketchup, mustard and onions. And the exact same buns. Almost ready for you, Neil.>>NOAH: Hey Neil.>>NEIL:
We want to be able to show the pickles and the condiments as we build. HOPE:Right. NEIL:In the store, they would naturally just line it up, straight in line. We have to bring it back a little bit, to reveal the fact that it comes with the pickles and the slivered onions.>>NOAH: Because we’re in a one-dimensional
world in the camera, everything is in the back in the picture. I don’t know what’s actually in it. This way, we can at least tell people you have ketchup, you have mustard, you have two pieces of cheese and you know what you’re getting.>>HOPE: Perfect onion selection. It’s like you’re a surgeon in there.>>NEIL:Because we’ve had to put things forward, the bun is sitting crooked. So he’s just compensating…>>NOAH: So Hope, I’m just melting down the
cheese with my palette knife. Maybe I’ll put mustard, ketchup… actually, ketchup, mustard, ketchup.>>NOAH: You ready?>>NEIL: Yep.>>HOPE: Oh, beautiful!>>NOAH: That’s nice.>>HOPE: This burger looks pretty good as is. I don’t think it’s going to need much retouching
whatsoever. Let me introduce you to Stuart Murray. He’s going to take the side-by-side comparison and do a little finessing of the product. The less amount of retouching that we do to
something, the less perfect it looks. But actually, it looks more appetizing and
more convincing. Just enhancing some colour, taking out some of the little accidents that
might happen in preparation, which obviously doesn’t show the product in
its best possible light. Here you can definitely see that there is
a size difference. The box that our sandwiches come in keep the
sandwiches warm, which creates a bit of a steam effect, and it does make the bun contract a little
bit. And then the main difference is the fact that we actually took all the ingredients that are normally hidden under the bun and we pulled them to the foreground, so that you could see them. And those are the main differences. So Isabel, thank you so much for your question, and we hope that’s answered it for you. Thanks.

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