Nypg

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The NYPG is similar to its west-coast alter ego, LA411. But instead of a behind-the-scenes map to Tinseltown, the New York Production Guide gives Big Apple-based filmmakers the dirt on where to go and whom to hire for every job on set and in the office. Unless you know Manhattan cold after living there for decades and decades, the NYPG is a mandatory resource.

Even if you have spent years making TV shows, music videos, records, tapes, CDs, and Hollywood blockbusters, it's impossible to stay abreast of the city's constantly changing profile. Shops open and close with nary a notice; restaurants go in and out of business without anyone raising an eyebrow. The same holds true of prop houses, transportation services, wig manufacturers, photo equipment shops, and rental supply stores.

Stay Current with the NYPG

The NYPG is one of the few production supplies manuals that's frequently updated to include new listings and delete outdated ones. There are more expensive books that claim to be one-stop solutions for independent filmmakers, but when those artists and executives turn to it in a pinch, they often discover the data is now bad. On a production that costs a million dollars and takes place over the span of 21 days, each second is critical, so there's no time to fritter away hunting down new phone numbers and addresses.

The latest versions of the NYPG have been modified to include online resources as well such as web pages and e-mail addresses. This way, production information is at your fingertips without your having to call up vendors and ask a series of price and availability questions. It's a huge boon to any production simply to have one or two production assistants with their own copies of the NYPG. That way, they don't have to bug higher-ups with constant queries about which subway lines to take, which stores are cheapest, and whom to ask for at each stop.


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