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The Moving Parts of the Entertainment Industry


The film industry is one of the most profitable forms of entertainment, not just in the U.S., but worldwide. According to the Motion Picture Association of America, global box office revenue was $38.3 billion in 2015, roughly 5 percent higher than 2014’s total.

In the U.S., box office revenue totaled $11.1 billion, which was about 8 percent higher than in 2014. The demand for movies, according to these numbers, has never been bigger.

It’s no surprise that 2015 was a hit for the film industry, as many franchises released highly anticipated sequels or made their return to the box office. Whether it was the last installment of the “Hunger Games” franchise, to the return of “Star Wars,” or smaller independent productions, there was likely a film for everyone.

Additionally, per capita attendance also increased, and this is an important number because it shows more people are visiting their local theater. It’s important to note that over the years, the price of an average movie ticket has increased, which may skew total box office revenue.

Movies are only one part of the entertainment equation. Broadcast and cable networks, in addition to streaming services, are creating many critically acclaimed television shows, so much so that Fortune named the current television landscape the golden age of TV.

Movies and scripted shows are not going away anytime soon, and in many instances, there is year-round filming across the globe. Such situations pose unique problems that luckily have a solution.

TV cameraman. Film and TV crews need a place to store their valuable equipment.

Behind the Scenes

Movie production is a long process, and depending on the scope of the film, can take either a few months or many years. Some films have even been stuck in what is known as “development hell,” where directors, actors, screenwriters all come and go, before one scene is even filmed.

Smaller films tend to finish production much sooner. Take the movie, “Room,” for example. Production of the film started in Nov. 10, 2014, and wrapped one month later, according to Variety and SSN.

But compare this to the production schedule of the most recent “Star Wars” film. Pre-production started as early as 2013, when producers and others were developing the story and props. Filming didn’t actually begin until May 2014, which then lasted for three months. The film would then spend over a year in post-production. Even though it’s not scheduled to be released in theaters until December 2018, the next major film in the franchise is currently in the midst of filming.

Movies can either film on location, or at a production studio, such as Pinewood Studios. There are advantages to both. By filming on location, the film is able to capture the atmosphere that may not be possible on a stage. Take “The Revenant,” for instance, a film whose director made the decision to film in actual winter weather.

Challenges with storage may arise as a result of filming on location. Production crews have a lot to keep track of, such as props and costumes. They then must take into account any severe weather. By shooting on location, it’s not possible to travel back and forth between storage facilities.

Storage also becomes a focus during television show production, especially since many shows may shoot over a longer period of time. Broadcast shows tend to be shot mainly on dedicated stages, and even in those situations, storage is needed to separate the costumes and props to ensure they don’t get lost. Likewise, because stages are home to many productions, it’s important storage is used to help keep items from ending up on the wrong set.

Storage for Every Production Schedule

Whether it’s a small budget film, a summer blockbuster or a cable drama, every type of production can benefit from mobile storage containers. These will come in handy whether the filming process is at a production studio or on location.

With these safe and secure containers, production crews can store props, costumes and filming equipment inside them. The units will even protect everything from the elements, which is a bonus perk for productions that are filming in the wilderness or desert.