One-Man Studios Thrive Post-Recession

by Lance Turner  on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 12:00 am  

In 2013, George Production Studios moved to west Little Rock.

Competition Remains Fierce

There’s still stiff competition for larger projects, George said, and they come “few and far between.”

The studio beats that competition when it can keep costs down by having a smaller crew, George said.

Difficulty also comes from finding freelancers with the right skill sets. A typical commercial production needs two or three freelancers, George said.

“What happens is you get college students who don’t want to do TV; they want to be filmmakers,” he said.

Studios needs freelancers who are skilled in several areas, he said, and sometimes these students are skilled in only one.

So smaller studios tend to find a few professionals they can trust and “stick with what they know,” George said. “And that’s good and bad.”

George said that even though the economy is swinging back around, he thinks the smaller studio model is here to stay.

“Here’s how the economy changed everything: People used to be specialized in their own field. One guy did animation, one guy edited, and that’s all he did. But the economy forced us to be jacks-of-all-trades,” he said. “If you are the jack-of-all-trades, you survive. If you’re not, you perish.”

 

 

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