With the economic decline the film industry has seen a weird phenomenon happening. Hollywood is no longer the film capital of the United States let alone the world. In 2007, there were over 100 studio-funded movies being made in Los Angeles. By 2008 that number dropped to a measly 22, and in 2009 there were even less. This strange dilemma has left hundreds of people out of work and rental houses wondering what they can do to survive. There is an upside to all of this turmoil though; right now is the perfect time to produce your independent film.
Why is this a better time to shoot an indie-film? Because right now you can rent stages, rent gear, and hire crew for prices way below what is standard. Now the unions might not appreciate this article but I’m not talking about union people. I am talking about all of the very talented people that have not been given a chance. Everyone from Actors to camera operators to directors are out there just hoping for their shot to prove they deserve a spot in this business. This economy has made a great opportunity for you to get your story told.
This is what I say, if you have the itch, then get on the phone and do some ground work pricing out your film. Once you have a budget start the fund raising process, if you need information on fundraising there are some great books you can read on that. After you have your budget and funds start to haggle those prices down and get shooting asap because as soon as films start coming back to town so do those high prices. I think this is a very exciting time for filmmakers and I hope this has inspired you to go and make your project!
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