How to Get a Dodge Magnum and Party Bus for Free [Producing]

Joey Daoud

Joey Daoud is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His past films have appeared on Netflix, The New York Times, and National Geographic. He is also a YouTube creator across multiple channels with videos garnering millions of views. In his free time, he likes to climb mountains, scuba dive, and brew unique coffees.


While most of The Treasonist, the second film I produced, took place inside, the opening was supposed to have truckloads of shock-troops pile out of transports, ready to neutralize the hostage situation. I tried contacting the Army reserve, but by the time I got in touch with the right person (a week before filming), there wasn’t enough time.

So Aaron, the Director, said a black bus would work. And he also wanted a Dodge Magnum for the negotiation executives, as it kind of looks futuristic (a woman at the dealership said someone called it a pimp mobile).

For the Magnum, I went to a Dodge dealership and explained I’m producing a film and we’d like to feature the Dodge Magnum in. When you want something, I find it generally helps to make them feel special and only their product will do. And it worked.

They were nice and said I only needed to show proof of insurance, which the school has. Though the school makes us sign a waiver saying we can only use the insurance to put people’s mind’s at ease. If anything happens they won’t actually file a claim.

All I had to do was come back the morning of the shoot and pick the car up. And not have an accident. When I went to pick up the car (on a Saturday), the guy asked if I was going to bring it back Monday. I was too honest, and missed out on a little joy riding.

Surprisingly, the bus was easier to obtain. As you might be able to tell from the front on the picture above, there’s a limo service called Mike’s Limousine. This bus has flat screen TVs, an X-Box, and all sorts of goodies. I guess the shock-troops play a little Call of Duty to get pumped up.

I walked into Mike’s Limo, made them feel special, and after a little deliberation and a phone called to Ted, the bus was secured, driver and all.

Who needs the army when you have limos?

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