THE LEGEND

WE SET STORY INTO MOTION.

Circa 1920, give or take a few decades, the Hollywood world was becoming what we know today as the “Studio System”. Big studios. Big Budgets. Just BIG. Well, on the way to “Big-ness”, there were growing pains and the genesis of the term C47 was part of that history.

Picture if you will, a confident director or producer walking into an office with a paper in hand.  His budget, cleanly scrawled in pencil, is thrown down on the desk of a pencil-necked bean-counter. The accountant, who has no idea about what it takes to make a movie, could in no way be considered a “production accountant” – that title didn’t exist yet. Alas, this poor visor-clad chap had to evaluate the merit of this budget.

INT – ACCOUNTING OFFICE – DAY

A young ACCOUNTANT sits at a wooden desk that dwarfs him in size. The green hue from a desk lamp casts a money-colored glow on his white oxford and unfortunate visor.

PRODUCER enters and hands papers to the Accountant.

ACCOUNTANT
Lights, Check. (beat) Camera, Check. (beat) A bit of Action… Um, Check. Clothespins, Che- NO! Wait! Clothespins? You can’t pull one over on this accountant.

PRODUCER
What? I need those. The crew nee-

ACCOUNTANT
(interrupting)
Clothespins for the lil’ misses? I’m new here sir, but c’mon. DENIED.

END

Little did the accountant know, the clothespin is VITAL on set. It clips wires up, colored gels in place, barn doors open – all without conducting heat and electricity! It’s a matter of safety. It’s a matter of expedience. It’s a MUST! The producer knew what to do – resubmit the budget with a line for “C47′s”. This was his new, imaginary code for clothespins. Needless to say, it was approved.

So why name a production company C47 Film Associates?

Simply put – we value ingenuity and creativity. The producer was ingenious in his pursuit of the tools he needed. It’s also very creative to use a household common item like these to make what people are often mystified by – movies. Our “hero” in this story, the PRODUCER, operated on the side of trickery – uncool if you ask us. It was pretty darn creative nonetheless. And for his creativity we all ought to smirk just a bit.

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