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Cheap, Good Resources

September 5, 2007

Isn’t that something we all can love?  Some great quality resources, used on regular productions all the time, never get used.  Did you ever wonder what happened to those surplus materials?  Well, here they are!  I’ve found them for you!  (Thank me in the comment box).  This link I stumbled across through a video I found on the Filmmaking.com website and a video called Lights, Camera, Action.  It’s part of an apparently new video series with quite a high production value, though, to be honest, a pretty crappy website.  It can be seen here, but more importantly, the pilot episode can be seen here.  I’d let the flaws of the site go for now, just to see if they’ll pull off a decent web series on making good quality video.  The hosts were a bit cheesy in my opinion, but they had some good sounding promises for the future of the show.  Anyway… back to business… The Expendable Recycler is a company that buys leftover production materials, and stocks new materials (in case they run out of surplus stuff) and resell it all at “2/3 of their average prices elsewhere.”  This is a promising deal, so I went to check it out.  It turns out they stockk all kinds of things, from fluorescent tubes to tracing paper and duvetyne which, when I looked it up, sounded like a diffusion material.  The site seemed aimed toward lighting instruments, like diffusion and coloring materials, but that stuff is often expensive and for the low-/no-budget filmmaker like me, it’s a welcome deal.  The only thing I didn’t like about the site was that they don’t have a catalog online, which means that you have to call them to get any kinds of prices or idea of specifically what their products are.  Not to be taken as a down side, they seem like plenty happy people, based on their photo gallery on the site, however, you do need to live in the area and drive to the store or call them via their phone number listen on the site.  You can also email or snail-mail them a little something about your humble production and its oh so humble needs and its even humbler budget.  As for me, I’m going to stick with regular stuff I can find around here for now, but if the need arises (and it certainly will), I’ll scout them out for some lighting supplies when I have the resources to pursue some lights on my own.  Enjoy.

Link: http://www.expendablesrecycler.com/

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