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How Curb Your Enthusiasm used the Voltstack 30k to save costs

In partnership with

Hollywood Portable Power

In the world of film and television production, efficiency and adherence to strict schedules are paramount. The American television sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm, known for its witty humour and unique storytelling, encountered a scheduling challenge during a shoot in the Brentwood neighbourhood.

The production faced a significant challenge when meeting the early 7 am call time. Brentwood’s regulations prohibited using fossil fuel generators before 7 am to avoid noise disturbances and emissions. This restriction posed a potential delay in production preparation, impacting filming schedules and potentially leading to increased costs. A reliable, silent, and emission-free power solution was paramount.

The Solution

The production team contacted Hollywood Portable Power, a company that specializes in renting out the Voltstack ecosystem of electric chargers and generators. Recognizing the unique requirements of the Emmy-nominated show, Jason Fitzgerald, veteran rigging gaffer and founder of Hollywood Portable Power, proposed using the Voltstack 30k electric generator. This powerful and environmentally-friendly solution was strategically placed on the same street as the shoot location. It enabled the cast and crew to begin preparations in their trailers at 5 am without violating local regulations. The emission-free and silent operation of the Voltstack 30k allowed for an uninterrupted and focused preparation period, setting the stage for a productive day of filming.

“The Voltstack 30k enabled the crew to start prepping at 5 am, saving valuable time and ensuring a smooth transition into the 7 am schedule,” says Jason Fitzgerald. “In that instance, the production was happy to add a Voltstack 30k to the budget because the rental cost was nothing compared to the substantial savings and improved efficiency achieved by adhering to the early call time.”

The successful utilization of the Voltstack 30k from Hollywood Portable Power in producing Curb Your Enthusiasm demonstrated the innovative and practical application of emission-free electric generators in the entertainment industry. By circumventing the limitations posed by local regulations, the Voltstack 30k not only met the power demands of the production but also contributed to a quieter and more environmentally-conscious set.

The Result

  • Saved production costs

  • Successfully replaced a diesel generator
  • Minimal cabling required
  • No tripping hazards
  • Reduced set-up time
  • Reliable sine wave power 24/7

  • No poisonous fumes

  • Silent power on set

  • Safe environment for crew and people attending

  • Easy to use
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions

To learn more about how the Voltstack ecosystem can provide clean, quiet power for your film production, contact an Energy Consultant today!