Like ‘Airbnb’: A new online marketplace platform allows for easy listing and renting of film-friendly locations in Cape Town.
A new web-based platform called Filmspace, is bringing “filmmakers and hosts together” by making location scouting easy.
For now, location scouting is open to Cape Town with Johannesburg and Durban coming soon.
“Booking a film-friendly location has never been easier. Seriously. Chat directly to property owners, negotiate a budget-friendly hourly rate and get those cameras rolling. Boom! You’re in show business!”
Yes on Filmspace, anyone can rent your house, totally unique car, bike, plane, caravan, boat or even one-of-a-kind tricycle by the hour and “let your mobile Filmspace pay for itself”.
“Think of Filmspace as your trusty do-it-all pocket knife, always ready to impress friends and family with a hidden screwdriver or truly random toothpick,” writes Jamie Slabber. “Our desktop and mobile-friendly website lets you scout the smart way; browse film-friendly locations from anywhere in the world using tons of handy filters, including price and features. All listings are totally transparent and offer all the details you’d come to expect from a world-class marketplace platform.”
Here, filmmakers and those who listed their property can also chat to each other as well as negotiate rates.
The brainchild of Filmspace, Blanche Franken told BizCommunity that they wanted to incorporate both sides of the audience into the brand; filmmakers and property owners.
“While studying film, I saw so many projects just never leave the ground. Production is expensive. I wanted to create a platform that would not only allow property owners to make extra money, but to also make the industry more accessible.
“From the idea being sparked in late 2018 to the platform launch in mid-2020, we spent endless hours developing our platform, researching best practice, getting input and buy-in from the film industry and conducting market research with property owners.”
He also said that the film industry is home to incredibly hard-working, solution-driven creatives who are able to quickly adapt to almost any scenario, be it the exponential shift to digital or crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That’s why we’ll also continue to see the rise of award-winning local productions. With Netflix and other streaming platforms heavily investing in series and films, the industry will only expand and thrive.”
“At Filmspace it has always been our aim to become the foremost marketplace destination for the global entertainment industry’s location needs. We love Mzansi and our aim is to truly strengthen the film industry in South Africa, whether that be rolling out a wider range of products or expanding throughout South Africa. We listen to what our users need, and we build innovative solutions based on what we believe will make the greatest impact on the industry.”
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