Film storage! This is something to think about. And it may not be the first line item you budget for – nor the most glamorous, but it is something that you, as an Independent Filmmaker, will probably have to pay at some point in the life of your film:
So, your film is done, you’ve made the deliverables, you’ve even licensed the film in a few territories. Success!
But guess what? If you don’t sell your film outright, you still have to keep the boxes and boxes of film, sound rolls, still photographs, EPK contracts, harddrives etc. to service future sales. Sure you can store them in Grandma’s hot and dusty garage, but really film and digital media like cool consistent steady temperature of certain constant humidity. And more difficult is film likes one set of conditions and digital media another.
So you end up – to protect your investment – paying to store all the boxes and boxes of elements you used to make your finished film. And probably you, as an Independent Filmmaker, can’t afford very expensive, climate controlled storage, so you opt for a compromise – 24/7 air conditioned Public Storage at $100 per month. That’s not so bad. You think. $100. What could be wrong with that?
Until one day you realize you’ve been storing these elements for ten years. $100/month x 12 months x 10 years = $12,000 – and really for the life of the film.
It’s just something to think about – because it is a cost of doing business – and part of being a producer if you own your own work.
And keep in mind… at least 35mm film has an archival life of 40-50 years. The digital media has a lot shorter life-span – and that, my friends, is a subject for a later blog.
I’d love for you to share you storage solutions with me!