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Making Argo
Making Argo

There are a lot of cinematic stories to be told in Washington, D.C. Hollywood seems to think so as well, from movies like Lincoln, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, to TV’s Veep, Homeland and 1600 Penn, to online programing like Netflix’s House of Cards.  

But you don’t necessarily need a mega budget to tell your story. Thanks to digital technology, anybody can access a camera, shoot with friends, edit on a computer and market via social media. The access to relatively inexpensive tools is a great advantage for new or experienced filmmakers of today, as opposed to someone making films five or six years ago.

Another plus is the city itself. There is no doubt that a lot of great movies have been made in New York using the city as a character all unto itself. But you don’t have to take a trip up north to make your masterpiece; the same opportunities exist today for local filmmakers who can take advantage of the inspiring visuals, sounds and stories right here, from Georgetown to Capitol Hill. From K St. to SE.

So, if you’re the person at the party who always has the “perfect” movie idea, or just a filmmaker with a great story to tell, why not go make your movie? There’s a wealth of local, creative talent at your disposal, from actors and editors, to cinematographers and musicians, all ready to help make your story come to life.         

"Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you just negotiating your budget and your fee.”

- James Cameron