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Feast your eyes on these stop-motion meals made out of nothing but paper

Oh look, an appealing plate of penne. But look closer, and you'll find this image actually features an intricate paper creation, weeks in the making. 

The plate of pasta, along other culinary designs, are part of a project called Paper Meal. It's a series of films put together by Yell Design, a studio specialising in stop-motion animation based out of Melbourne, Australia. 

Paper-crafted food is certainly not a new concept, nor is stop-motion film. But there's definitely something alluring and addictive seeing it constructed and cooked from beginning to end.

"We often see beautifully paper-crafted food, and we make some ourselves. But we've never actually seen a full recipe done," Yell Design's founder, Matt Willis, told Mashable Australia.

"Originally we thought about maybe doing a cooking show-type thing... but the crux was we wanted to make sure we show the meal being made from start to finish."

Most of the Paper Meal films' props take around three weeks to produce, with six hours spent on filming and post-production equally. The exception was their first film, Penne Meatballs, which took roughly five to six weeks to complete.

"We were finessing the overall concept, as we were building the props ... we had no client as well, so we could change it as much as we wanted," Willis explained.

What's also striking about the Paper Meal series is the bizarre and wonderful ways food is prepared. Take jaffles put together with the aid of a photocopier, or a plate of fish and chips designed with a paper MacBook.

"It's definitely something that we like to do, is that we like to make things unusual. Because we're always creating content for the internet, we understand that the usual stuff doesn't fly on there ... every time we do a piece of content, we try and give it a twist somewhere," Willis said.

As for what's next, Willis is keeping his cards close to his chest, but there will be another series under the Paper Meal banner. 

"We don't want to do the same thing, but it will be under the Paper Meal umbrella. We've got a few ideas, but we'll keep it to ourselves at the moment," he said. 

Whatever it is, it's making us hungry.

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