LAS VEGAS -- Tourists visiting Fremont Street on Wednesday could have confused Las Vegas for Los Angeles. That's because the downtown area looked much like a street in Hollywood on any given day, filled with talent trailers, remodeled production Airstreams for hair and make-up, and lighting and other film equipment. Camera crews, people in costumes, and paparazzi gave off the impression that a major motion picture was being filmed. However, this movie set was just a very elaborate launch party.
Billed as the 1st Annual "Production Carnival", the special event was put on by Silver State Production Services to celebrate its launch. Silver State is aiming to be a one-stop shop for clients looking to film within Nevada, offering everything from trailers and equipment rental to services such as location scouting and management. The company can also help smaller productions find a cast and/or crew through their own database of local talent. Think of it as a privatized version of the Nevada Film Office.
Fremont Street looked like a Hollywood studio lot at the Silver State Production Services launch event.
Silver State Production Services was founded by Chris Ramirez, a production manager whose list of credits includes major Hollywood titles such as The Hangover and Disney's Race to Witch Mountain. Ramirez is looking to provide a service that would create a win-win situation for visiting production companies as well as local businesses and workers.
When production companies from out of state come to film on location in Nevada, they would typically have to transport their own equipment and provide lodging for their staff, which can be inconvenient and costly. For longer shoots, that also means keeping crew members away from their families at home for weeks at a time. Ramirez wants to help these productions save on those costs and at the same time provide jobs for local residents.
Silver State Production Services is located in the Emergency Arts Building on Fremont Street. Like many new businesses opening in downtown, the company received funding from Tony Hsieh and his partners in their ongoing effort to transform the area and diversify the Vegas economy.