A new app called Giggster is aimed squarely at providing photographers, filmmakers, and content creators with great locations to shoot productions at an affordable price.
Described as the “AirBNB” of location scouting, the app uses the power of the so-called “gig economy” to list locations for rent for filming, photography, and other studio work.
Like AirBNB, the Giggster app lists the description of the location and the rate for renting it based on the hour. The app is divided into four main categories including residences, commercial spaces, studio availability, and transportation.
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Searches can be done by keyword, city location, or if one is looking to book a production, event, or meeting place.
There are listings for standing sets, greenscreen studios, and even vintage furnished locations. Search can also be filtered by budgetary levels.
The company touts location listings all around the world, but there are more locations for populous destinations such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City.
The company also advertises locations in other countries including Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, to name a few.
The blog also has several articles showcasing locations based on price, and how to get a location’s first bookings.
Each location offers a variety of images documenting the look of the location, as well as details such as parking, rules, crew access, features, restricted areas, and amenities. There is also a five-star rating system based on previous experiences.
According to the company, should a location scout like the location but it falls outside of the production’s budget, they can contact the location manager or owner and seek to negotiate a lower rate. Users can expect to hear back from the location within 24 hours and confirm if the location is available for the dates requested.
The app will then generate a comprehensive boilerplate agreement filled out by both parties and credit cards will be charged the full amount once the reservation is accepted by the host.
To rent, the host must either be the owner of the property or have written approval to rent the location.
Giggster also has stated that it has built relationships with the location owners “based on trust” and will act as the middle man when handling issues like cancellations, overtime, disputes, and insurance details.
Giggster does caution, however, that submissions for booking requests only be submitted when the creator is certain that cancellation is “very unlikely.”
The app can be downloaded at the iOS App Store for free, but the same information is also available through the Giggster website. And their Instagram feed also has hosted video tours of locations in their portfolio.
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