Jack Bryant is an artist… of icing cakes! In this delectable footage from 1959, we see him demonstrate the craft of decorating cakes with elaborate icing designs.
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C/U shot of hands pouring a chocolate filling into an icing bag. A man fills the bag and moves it away. M/S of another man decorating cake. High angle C/U shot of the cake as the man decorates it. Decorations look amazing – very precise and very fragile. The artist’s name is Mr Jack Bryant and he is decorating cakes since 1913 in the same cake and biscuit factory in Reading where his father was doing it for 60 years.
High angle C/U shot of the cake as Mr Bryant draws a kangaroo in almost no time – extraordinary skill. M/S of Mr Bryant climbing onto scaffolding?! He has to lie down on it in order to decorate a central motif on a large white cake. C/U shot of a little flowery detail on the cake. M/S of Mr Bryant decorating the cake in lying position. C/U shot of Mr Bryant’s face as he works.
L/S of the room enables the spectators to see how large the cake is – it is nearly size of a bed. Several shots of Mr Bryant working. High angle M/S of the cake. Mr Bryant is writing “60th Anniversary” on the cake. As Mr Bryant moves away, audience sees the cake with all its decorations and the sign – great!
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you may have heard of the kitchen sink school of art a recent trend which has been both praised and them but now let's meet an artist whose work though always above criticism is often associated with the kitchen in ordinary households but whose skill as you'll see has taken him to the heights of his profession yes the art is the icing of cakes in the grand manner and the location is a biscuit and cake factory in Redding where the artist Jack Bryant has pursued his profession since 1930 in this particular instance the skill is inherited for mr. Brian's father worked in the same icing Department for 60 years a total of 106 highly creative years so far between the two of them the almost incredible speed and dexterity of the true craftsman has to be seen to be believed and rest assured we haven't been playing any tricks with the camera to speed things up when we mentioned that mr. brand had reached the heights of his profession we meant it literally as well as metaphorically for a large cake a high scaffold is needed to ice the central note' altogether five different types of nozzle are used to get the required effects the ammunition consists of icing sugar vegetable coloring matter and white away this special cake measures 5 feet by 3 feet by 6 inches high and the total amount of icing to Jack Bryant some 30 hours the cost 100 pounds sterling which is cheap when you consider that you're getting not only a cake but a work of art icing cakes may not be regarded as a particularly hazardous profession but just think of a couple of things that could give less experienced artists a nightmare falling off the scaffolding into the cake with a gentle splash and even worse making a spelling mistake and having to start all over again but mr. Bryant doesn't make mistakes he's an artist in the true sense