Having worked in the film industry for about 20 years, I can support the claim that productions often do use the local businesses in preference to Home Depot, etc. Godwin's, for example, offers personal service and will do the extraordinary when asked for-and that is often the case with set construction. The larger corporate stores don't care how fast you need something. They don't care if they get your business or not. The same is true with locally-owned paint stores, furniture stores, etc. When you can speak to the owner or manager in person and explain any special needs, they understand and will use their resources to make the impossible possible. The small businesses are vital in the infrastructure of the local film industry.
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