Film Production DataCurious how much filming takes place on the streets of Los Angeles and other area jurisdictions? So were we. That's why we keep an ongoing count of all of the area production coordinated by our office, as well as an annual count of television pilots produced in the greater L.A. region.
In this section you will find quarterly reports on permitted, on-location production coordinated by FilmL.A. We segment our data by regionally by filming category and, in some cases, political jurisdiction.
Featured Report: 2013 Feature Film Production ReportFilmL.A.'s 2013 Feature Film Production Study analyzes a sample of 108 U.S. feature films released theatrically last year, identifying where they were filmed, how much was spent to produce them and how many jobs they sustained during production. The report also analyzes California’s current attractiveness to feature film producers. By FilmL.A. calculations, last year California ranked fourth behind Louisiana, Canada and the United Kingdom in total live-action feature projects, total related film jobs and total related production spending. California’s significantly diminished share of global feature film production is illustrated by some of the report’s other findings.
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Featured Report: Filming On-Location in Los Angeles: 1993-2013FilmL.A.'s 20 year retrospective on local film production analyzes patterns of growth and decline in local filming brought about by developments in the U.S. domestic film, television and commercial production market. The report includes a detailed examination of filming trends across nine distinct project categories, with guidance on data interpretation for lay audiences.
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Interpreting Our ReportsAlthough film production activity can be measured in a variety of ways, our preferred unit of measure is the "permitted production day" (PPD). One PPD is defined as a single crew's permission to film a single project, at a single defined location, during any given 24-hour period.
Measurements based on PPD offer a simple but very approximate way for us to benchmark on-location production volume and its impact on area neighborhoods. For a variety of reasons, we do not recommend using PPD figures as a basis for financial projections or economic analysis.