Friday, August 18, 2006

Hollywood Set Decorators Need Your Junk

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You probably don’t have what it takes to be a movie star – but your dirty old couch just might.

That’s the word from Mike Filonczuk, who runs Hollywood Parts, a company in LaLaLand that stores furniture, old cars, and ratty wardrobe items and provides them to TV and movie productions.

Filonczuk says Hollywood set decorators have a hard time finding vintage items that look realistically junky, especially those from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

He says a lot of items from those eras have been restored and have to be aged down, which “doesn’t always look right.”

Filonczuk will take any item from anywhere on consignment – as long as the owner pays for transportation and storage – and if he rents items out, he gives 60 percent of the profit back to the original owners.

It’s amazing what kind of junk Hollywood filmmakers want. Filonczuk says one old, burned-out Chevy that’s worth, at best, $150 earns $5000 a year as a rental being torched repeatedly in various movies.

He admits, “It’s kind of our icon.”

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