Hiring a car with driver
Replies: 21 - Last Post: May 27, 2012 5:01 PM Last Post By: clodbod
May 26, 2012 11:22 PM
Hiring a car with driverWe're a documentary team planning for 17 days trip to USA. We're going to make episodes about peublo indian in NM, places in Sedona AZ, the Amish in Lancaster. We'll fly between states but have to use car for local transport. We don't want to drive our self, so I'd like to know how to get a car with driver
in these town in a tight budget. Any suggestion are welcome.
May 27, 2012 12:04 AM
1Because you're hiring a driver, they would have to have a "Chafferes (sp) license" and be a taxi driver, limo driver or truck driver.
Search these towns for Limo companies and explain you do not need a limo but a van/suv.
It will be costly but a smaller company may be open to bargaining on a time and/or mile basis.
May 27, 2012 12:30 AM
May 27, 2012 1:24 AM
May 27, 2012 1:26 AM
4Also your definition of a 'tight budget' may be different from me, or someone else's idea of what a 'tight budget' is.
My advice would be to clarify what a 'tight budget' is and then go from there. Putting more effort into your post, and offering up more basic information for people to go off of wouldn't hurt either.
May 27, 2012 1:37 AM
May 27, 2012 1:46 AM
6I worked as a documentary film-maker (in Australia and nearby countries) for quite a few years ... it sounds to me - from the quality of your questions - like you don't really have much of an idea. Just saying. I hope you're successful in the project, but I really doubt that will be the case.
It seems to me, if you're going to make a MEANINGFUL documentary about Puebloan Indian groups, or Amish groups, you need to spend many weeks or months with them, to gain their confidence. If you're planning to just fly in, shoot the sh*t out of something and fly out - then why bother doing it? It really is a fairly meaningless exercise.
May 27, 2012 2:05 AM
May 27, 2012 2:34 AM
May 27, 2012 3:47 AM
9If you're on a tight budget, why not drive yourselves?
(In addition to what Ian said. How much research have you done? How are you planning to get the Amish to agree to be filmed? Or are you going to film them without permission? Why did you choose Pennsylvania over other Amish areas?)
May 27, 2012 3:51 AM
May 27, 2012 3:59 AM
11The real question is, if you don't even know the basic information, how can you make a decent, let alone good documentary?
How much research have you done? Its seems like you have done nothing at all if you don't know how much it would cost to hire or rent a driver/car.
Again, 5 days is not enough to make a documentary. There is a difference from just filming people, and getting them to say a few words, and getting to the core of a subject, getting them to open up and tell you their secrets, secrets of their heritage, and history.
May 27, 2012 8:34 AM
May 27, 2012 8:46 AM
13Do you have a visa that permits you to do film making? You cannot do this on a Visa Waiver, tourist visa, or business visa.
In some cases an I-visa (journalists) may be OK. In others, you will need another type of work visa that can be hard to get. Each case is treated separately and you need to discuss your project with the US Embassy in your home country to see which visa you need.
You need to apply for the visa several months in advance.
May 27, 2012 8:51 AM
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