Location, location, location. It’s not just the mantra of real estate agents. It’s an essential and critical component to success in the worlds of filmmaking and commercial photography.
Beloit FilmWorks plans to tell the world that Beloit is definitely ready to be considered. This newly established corporate outgrowth of the Beloit International Film Festival is already talking with filmmakers about bringing their stories—and their resources—to the Stateline area. Film productions can spend days or weeks in a community while shooting a film which means hiring area suppliers and services and enjoying local hotels, restaurants and retail settings.
Nancy Clark-Mather, founder of Beloit FilmWorks, says “Our primary mission is to draw filmmakers to Beloit through various financial and demographic incentives. Over the years BIFF has welcomed more than a thousand filmmakers to Beloit,” says Clark-Mather. “These professionals in the filmmaking industry leave here impressed with and loving our community and the people. Our job then becomes how to attract them here for their own working visit.”
BIFF Executive Director Greg Gerard notes “Beloit FilmWorks is a great fit under the Beloit International Film Festival umbrella and a perfect complement to BIFF’s five-year strategic plan.”
“We have received good support from others in the field,” Clark-Mather says. “Our initial endorsement came from Beloit native and international filmmaker Nicholas Simon who assisted us in securing our international certification. We are now in the process of aligning ourselves with organizations such as Film Wisconsin, whose foremost initiative is to make Wisconsin a more film-friendly state.”
Beloit FilmWorks has already hosted a location team for a Chicago-based film production. “Our city remains in consideration for their project, a feature length film with a medical storyline,” says Clark-Mather. “Through efforts such as this, I am quickly getting to know Beloit, inside and out. It is a wonderful experience for a newcomer to the community. We hope to inspire local residents to envision spaces they believe might be compelling to a filmmaker. Good visual ideas are an absolute necessity for developing an attractive and salable website. Working together, I believe we have the potential and ability to make this a successful venture.”
Beloit FilmWorks, affiliated with Location Managers Guild International, is located at Irontek, 635 Third St., in the Ironworks campus.