Most days, Mr Kenn Goh’s four-room flat in Jurong West is a serene sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of life.
But some days, it transforms right into a drama stage, with lights, cameras and a great deal of motion.
To make some earnings on the facet, he rents out his flat as a filming location for something from commercials to quick movies.
The 39-year-old senior architect joined Facebook teams in 2018 to showcase and promote his minimalist dwelling space, which he had designed himself.
But following the circuit breaker interval final 12 months, he signed up with Filmplace – a web-based platform for shoot areas which connects film-makers with property house owners – to attain extra bookings.
“With Covid-19, I may really feel that my community had reached a plateau. And I feel as a result of that is one thing that I need to proceed doing for a very long time, I wanted to increase my community, ” he says.
He now leases his 970 sq ft dwelling for $85 an hour on the platform.
Since August final 12 months, he has hosted a complete of 16 shoots – essentially the most profitable of which spanned two days and raked in $1,700.
“There was a little bit of post-circuit breaker pent-up demand as a result of individuals weren’t capable of movie for some time. So for the primary few months I had fairly a number of alternatives,” he recounts.
His earnings, which he doesn’t need to disclose, have fed his ardour for pictures, by funding his rising assortment of digital camera gear.
There are additionally different sudden perks. He remembers having an informal chat with actress Zoe Tay about good meals within the neighborhood throughout a 2018 industrial shoot for child diapers. Actress Jesseca Liu additionally shot a raunchy scene in his bed room for a web-based drama.
Filmplace founder and chief govt Lincoln Lin, 27, says that most individuals have no idea they will “generate earnings on this a part of the market”.
On Filmplace, about half of its greater than 750 native listings are houses.
Rates vary from $35 an hour for a three-room flat in Potong Pasir to $350 an hour for a colonial bungalow close to Orchard Road. Other listings embrace places of work, eating places and retail areas.
Mr Lin says: “Right now, essentially the most troublesome factor for film-makers is discovering homes, which get the very best variety of bookings.”
Houses are more durable to supply for on-line as they’re personal areas, he says.
Over in Tampines, Mr Isaac Cheong, a regional enterprise supervisor, and his spouse Esther Cheng have been leasing out their four-room flat on the platform since early final 12 months for $38 an hour. They have earned round $7,000 in filming charges thus far.
Of the six shoots they’ve hosted, the best-paying was a pandemic-themed quick movie shot over three days. It made them $1,300.
Ms Cheng, a 28-year-old volunteer supervisor, says: “It was good to know that even with the pandemic, so long as there have been security measures in place, we may nonetheless earn this passive earnings.”
The cash went into their financial savings account and served as a buffer as they explored different profession choices.
After some shoots, the movie crew additionally graciously left them objects – from meals to furnishings. A darkish wooden shelving unit in their front room is a kind of presents.
“More than simply being a dwelling space, your private home can also be an asset,” says Ms Cheng.
“In the time that you’re out of the home, there’s a number of untapped potential there to be explored.”