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Does the movie studio rent old cars in good shape for background?

Amy Hotz

Movie carEUE/Screen Gems Studios does not rent vehicles for use in movies. Movie productions, however, do rent vehicles for use in scenes. These are called “picture cars.” Usually, finding cars for a film is not a big deal. If you’re shooting a film set in the present day United States, any car around will do (that meets the director’s discerning eye, that is).

But if the movie is set in 1925, you’re going to need 1925 year model cars and older. Plus, you might need those cars in good condition (for scenes involving a well-to-do family, say). Or you might need them with an old dusty look (maybe for a movie about a poor farm family).

The person responsible for finding these cars is the picture car coordinator. These guys, and gals, do a pretty good job of keeping a list or database of picture car companies (whole businesses who do nothing but rent their inventory of old cars to films), old car clubs and individual people who own various makes and models. Sometimes they find you. But you can also find them.

And the best way to do that in our area is through the Wilmington Regional Film Commission’s website.

From the menu at the top, go to “Production Resources,” then click “Crew/Support Services Directory” and click “Crew.” Scroll down until you find the Transportation section and Picture Car Coordinator. Clicking that will take you to a list of those folk in our area and their contact information. You may contact them and they can keep your information in their files for consideration on their next project.

Also, if you know a movie is shooting in town and may need old cars you can contact that production directly.

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