How to set up a film shoot: SoFlo Studios, Florida

A couple weeks ago I was asked by one of my readers if I could help set up a film shoot in Florida for a short indie film. I figured it wouldn’t be a big deal to find a small company with what he needed for his film. He just needed a few shots in a classroom and a hotel lobby, no big deal. Classrooms and hotel lobbies are pretty much everywhere, right? Yes and no. Although they are pretty much everywhere, you have to get permission from the owner, government and pay crazy fees. So I started to look at video production companies in his area. They all seemed to be pretty expensive for something so simple. Then I found SoFlo Studio in Fort Lauderdale.

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Stuff I’ve been reading in Cusco

When I arrived in Cusco I had spent about three weeks in Arica, Chile. Though I had done a volunteer work-exchange at a hostel there, I realized how exploitative the experience was when things didn’t work out in Perú and I wound up doing a work-exchange here.

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Redefining travel for people who aren’t rich (most of us)

In my experience, most backpackers tend to be white. There’s no actual data on this but I’m sitting in a hostel in Perú and there are definitely more white people here than people of color, and I don’t think I’ve seen a black person this morning. There are several people from parts of Asia, such as Singapore, and many of the other people I’ve seen of Asian descent are actually first-generation immigrants from the US, Canada, or elsewhere. This has been the case in Argentina and Chile when I stay at hostels. Bite me.

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Why every backpacker should do a work-exchange at a hostel

I spent way too much money in San Pedro de Atacama, in part because the town itself is very expensive and I wasn’t as ready as I thought. My bad. So I went to Arica, Chile, a town known as a city with eternal spring. It’s also a desert town but has a beach right next to it. It’s also known to have an Afro-Chilean population and there are many descendants of Chinese immigrants from the 1890s. This explains the many Chinese restaurants that offer chifa that aren’t Peruvian.

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