A movie company is looking for two brass era Model Ts for a documentary film in West Virginia, near Harper's Ferry. They are needed late September/early October. You will be compensated. If interested, please contact Norman Altizer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your car could be a movie start!
Being in a movie has other benefits also.
Sometime in early 1995 my 1910 Mother-In-Law roadster was in the movie "Gambler V". (Filmed in Galveston Texas) Some pictures were send to Jay and I received a bunch of copies of Vintage Ford in the mail with me and my car on the front cover. That was the July-August issue in 1995.
If I remember right, the movie people paid a lot more for my car and a very little for my acting part, wonder why? (I did get to drive my T in the movie)
Oh, I still have a small dent in the brass radiator after driving my T into a bunch of horned Texas steers. They did pay me for the damage. I guess I am lucky that they did not stick a horn thru the radiator.
The Texas steer horns are to be mounted ON the radiator not in it.
Looks like there is no interest in making new movie stars.
Cars are usually paid more than people. The going rate for an extra is as little as 100 bucks a day, depending. A union card can get you more. A automobile usually commands whatever price the owner sets, since they are contracted by the transportation coordinator. That can range from 300 bucks to 800 bucks. And sometimes, more often than not, you get paid whether your car gets used or not.
A word of caution! Some movie actors are not as careful with your car as we treat them which can result in damage to your car. You could spend more fixing the damage than what you received.
My cars mean much more to me that some movie prop. to an actor. Years ago, some in our club rented out their cars for a Hollywood film. Sounded great at the time....they did not make enough to cover costs for damage repair. A new paint job can be very expensive.
The arrangement with the movie people 19 years was for me to drive the car, renting the car to someone who would not know how to start and drive the car was not something I would do.
I had fun and the movie people were happy with what they got.
I was in an NBC mini-series shot in St. Louis some years ago ("A Will of Their Own"). The guy who recruited us was a local car person who worked with the car manager from NBC. We were well treated and we drove our own cars. We went to wardrobe to be fitted in the morning and the NBC car guy insisted that "his" drivers not eat with the extras, but with the cast and crew. Both we and our cars were well treated (although, as William points out, our cars made more money than we did.... ).
They are currently screening a TV series called "Anzac Girls" in Australia. It celebrates the role of the Army nurses in WW1. I was hired as the veteran vehicle wrangler. My T was too good for their use, so they had a couple of rough replicas of ambulances made. One was on 1913 Studebaker Chassis and the other on a TT. A third vehicle was 1915 Albion lorry which had World War One heritage. It was a lovely old vehicle and a dream to operate.
I told them I could help them out and they agreed to pay me at my workshop hourly rate. I spent most of my time shifting them from here to there on the set. My son Anthony got to drive one on screen and thouroghly enjoyed the experience.
Having been involved, I will never watch a TV drama again with the same eyes again. The tricks they get up to are amazing, and how they put together a story from a mixed up set of shoots from a variety of locations is unbelievable.
If you get the chance to be part of it, I'd say grab it.
Allan from down under.
In the early 90's my plane (Cessna 170) was used in about 25 episodes of the TV show Northern Exposure.
The crew got tired of me telling them not to push here or there or lift there so they wouldn't screw it up.
It was fun though and those show biz people are different!
They ended up paying me more than the plane cost.
Stories of hiring out antique cars to movie makers abound at the car-club meetings I attend, and there seems to be a consistent theme running through most of them. -And that is: The per-day fee paid by the movie company approximates the parts-&-labor price of ransoming a modern car from the local Goodyear service station—$600 or so. -And for that consideration, the movie people seem to feel they have to right to drive your precious antique any d&#% way they please and inflict such significant damage as—unbeknownst to the car owner—may actually be written into the script. -These car-club stories generally end with, "I'll sure as h&## never do that again!"
Hollywood types have a history of being the same way with airplanes and I'm glad Bob Gruber was wise enough to be present to mother-hen his gorgeous Cessna 170 whenever it was sharing the spotlight with the equally gorgeous Janine Turner. -Apparently that worked out much better than what happened in the story I read in a popular airplane magazine regarding a pair of P-40 Kittyhawks which were leased out to Twentieth Century Fox* for the making of Tora! Tora! Tora!
*Legal Disclaimer: I have no way of knowing whether that particular story is true.