For all the innovative tech being created in Silicon Beach, Los Angeles will always be associated with the film industry.
But you can find tech more and more every day in that industry. For many independent filmmakers, finding a location to use in their production involves a great deal of logistics, and the process never really ends.
Culver City-based Wrapal is a user-driven platform that helps connect these filmmakers with property owners to eliminate the uncertainty in location scouting.
"Every time I worked on a production, whether it was big or small, one of the biggest problems we always faced was finding a location," said co-founder Brian "BLT" Tan. "Even if a location worked out the first time, chances are the director wanted to use a different place the next time to achieve a different sort of aesthetic, so the cycle was endless."
Tan likened the situation facing filmmakers to travel in years past. Tourists booked trips through travel agents who acted as gatekeepers, charging a rate they deemed appropriate.
The company's genesis came while Tan and co-founder were Melissa Nemcek were film students at UCLA. The duo used the Westwood campus to film school projects, and felt they should pass on the ins-and-outs of filming on campus to the next generation of students.