A woman-owned and operated company from Atlanta has been supplying the makers of hit Netflix show Stranger Things with its cars.
Y'allywood Film Cars, founded by Beth Aylward, is not all that popular yet. But the company has been instrumental in the creation of some well-known television shows and movies.
Stranger Things is one of the most notable among those, having become a household name over the last few years.
The Y'allywood company has been providing time-pertinent vehicles for the making of films and shows for some time, according to a recent profile from Atlanta Magazine.
Aylward is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has been around the entertainment business for several years, having appeared as an extra in shows like Seinfeld, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Married With Children. Her involvement with the industry presented another opportunity to be an influence.
An excerpt from the aforementioned source is as follows:
"At that time in L.A., she says, booking for picture cars almost always went through extras casting companies — folks were booked as “extras with cars” according to Aylward, and union drivers and extras typically received a good rate for the use of their vehicle — anywhere between $200 and $400 per day.
"When she moved to Atlanta in 2005, however, it was a different story. The film industry hadn’t fully made its way east yet, and there wasn’t much work to be found. As the industry grew, she made connections with other picture car owners on various productions and learned many were going through extras casting for car calls — and weren’t getting booked for what Aylward considered a fair amount.
"Their “car bumps” were lower than the union rates Aylward had been used to in L.A. Aylward also said there weren’t generally extra pay bumps given for precision driving — a type of skilled driving that isn’t quite flying through the air or getting into a high-speed collision like a stunt driver, but that does require experience and training."
Aylward's quest to make sure that people are paid well for their services has made it so that production companies could contact car owners directly instead of hiring extras with vehicles.
Y'allywood Film Cars has booked vehicles for over 40 projects so far and they aren't only old cars either.
Source: Atlanta Magazine