As some of you may know by now, I'm a commercial photographer that gets some great opportunities to shoot epic movie and tv cars. Honestly, most of my paid shoots are portrait-related, but I just love all things cars and my clients know that. Last year, I came across a rad company called Flash Rods that makes custom memory storage (hard drives and thumb drives) based from 1:18 scale models and matchbox cars, including movie and tv cars like the Ecto1, Back to The Future Delorean, and A Team Van to deliver my files to clients.
I've been using these hard/thumb drives as promotion gifts to deliver files to clients (mainly the affordable flash drives). Sometimes I will have them make a custom full size hard drive to deliver project files after an advertising shoot (aka bigger budgets) as a gift to the client. It leaves a memorable impression. The Mercury drive above was used to deliver files to Discovery Channel after we shot a print ad. I hid my logo and website via stickers in the trunk where you plug in the USB and on the back license plate.
The quality is great. I'm having Dave over at Flash Rods make me a beautiful custom Mad Max Interceptor that will sit on my own desk, which I am pretty excited about.
Even if you aren't into cars, I'm sure this may give some of you ideas about how to customize your thumb and hard drives to deliver files to your advertising and editorial clients in a memorable way in this digital age.
If Flash Rods doesn't have something listed on their site, message them about what you'd like and they will give you a quote about what it would take to make a particular custom drive for you.
Check out: http://www.flashrods.com/
Below are on-set examples from my Instagram account that may explain why I may love using Flash Rods so much: