The Barstow Film Office is compiling a list of local businesses which are interested in providing services and supplies to production companies and crews filming in the local area. The list will be given to location scouts and film crews who are looking at Barstow and the surrounding communities as a backdrop to their projects.
When production managers are considering a location, they not only are looking for the perfect site but also what supplies and service they can obtain locally. For example, depending on the length of time filming will take place, services and supplies needed could range from RV rental, portable restrooms and temporary fencing to dry cleaning and beauty supplies. Catering and hotel accommodations are among the most frequent needed services.
The Barstow Film Office, in conjunction with the city of Barstow, is actively promoting the area to a variety of production companies. Even small-scale projects inject considerable outside money into the local economy. It is the film office’s hope to promote the use of local businesses and talent to the greatest extent possible.
“We are aggressively marketing the city of Barstow through our website and industry connections to promote Barstow as a viable place to film locally,” says Anthony Riley, public information officer for the city. “We are part of Hollywood’s backlot and will continue to promote the advantages to filming in our city and highlight the diversity of the region.”
The high desert has a long history of film production in the area. However, many production companies are filming outside of California due to the high costs and many regulations. Barstow is seeking to bring them back to the area by providing a film-friendly process along with easy access to the services they need.
If you are interested in adding your business to the list, send relevant information about the services or products you offer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full name, business address, telephone number and website/Facebook page if available.
For those who don’t own a local business, additional opportunities to participate in upcoming projects will be announced over the next few weeks. Check out FilmBarstow.com and Facebook and follow them on Twitter @FilmBarstow to get the latest information.
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