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You've got a cool old truck, no matter what the condition. It's not a surprise there's a lot of folks who like the looks of them. And they are becoming more popular in ads, commercials and movies. So, if you've never done it, you should try. The Stovebolt HQ Team did it for Flags of our Fathers (check our feature story), and it was a great experience. Josie O'Donnell of The Chesapeake Region (Baltimore, Maryland) Antique Automobile Club of America sent us a great story about movie making in Baltimore (great read and sounds like such fun!).
Plus, this could be some nice spending money, or should I say "getting money" for your truck for a change. So, come read what Joe has to say about letting your old truck earns its keep ... possibly! YOU may have a star on your hands!
Classic Trucks and the movies: a great combination!
By J. A. Ceschin
Owners of classic trucks would never deny permission for somebody to take a picture of their vehicle. "Do you want to take a picture of my truck? Go ahead. Next time don't even ask."
Let's suppose somebody came up to you and asked for permission to take a picture of your classic truck to publish in a magazine or a web site. Would you refuse? Of course not. You're proud of your truck and you want the whole world to see it.
Now let's suppose you had a chance of having your truck filmed for a TV commercial or, better yet, for a movie! How great would that be? Let's also suppose that some TV producer decided to create a new series based on the 1940's, 1950's or 1960's. Wouldn't he/she need a lot of cars from those eras? And if the series became a hit the vehicles would be used again and again.
You betcha! It is possible and it's not even too hard. You just have to promote your vehicle in the right places.
There are companies out there looking for vehicles exactly like yours. Many companies in fact. They look for classic vehicles for sale and they buy them. They also look for classic vehicles of all types and it from the owners in order to film it. There are companies that go after owners of vintage trucks in order to list these vehicles in large databases.
Advertising agencies put ads in the papers when they need an old car or pickup truck for a commercial. Keep your eyes open because your big chance may come from that direction. If you have a good set of pictures of your little jewel, you're one step closer to fame and fortune. Well, may be not fortune but fame is possible...
A movie production company may need classic trucks just like yours. They might need your truck to spend, say, three days in Hollywood and a week on location in New York. They would make the arrangements to have the vehicle transported to both places and might even be willing to pay for your expenses to go along. You would see how a movie is made and you could even end up meeting a couple of famous movie stars just because you own an antique truck.
The producer of a movie or a TV commercial may be looking for a beautifully restored old car, one that looks like it came out of the showroom a couple of days ago. But directors want their films to look real. Therefore, they may need a regular classic vehicle, one that shows it's been used. They might even need a real wreck, a rust bucket so to speak. Your chances are real no matter what condition your truck is in. Don't be ashamed of it. Go ahead and try.
How does this thing work? First you have to find an agent, a company that has the contacts and knows where to go with your truck pictures. Get listed on their databases and be patient. You might get a call the following morning but it could also take a couple of years. Here are a few suggestions of sites you can visit to learn more about this:
If you're really committed to the idea of having your vehicle on a movie or a TV commercial, you may do what actors do. Have a professional photographer take a series of shots of the vehicle and send them to advertising agencies or talent agencies. Even wedding planners may be interested in your old truck.
And here's another very important thing to keep in mind: don't hide your prized possession in your garage. Take it to shows, go to swap meets and take your chances at show prizes. You may win a simple trophy and you may also get some prize money.
Money? With classic trucks? Yep. It's possible mainly because nobody is making trucks like yours anymore.
Reprinted with permission from J A Ceschin, We-love-old-trucks.com
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