FilmL.A. ResearchIntegral to FilmL.A.’s work is ongoing research into the benefits that local filming brings to the Los Angeles region. To that end, we maintain an internal research division devoted to the production, collection and dissemination of information regarding the U.S. film production economy and global production trends.
Have a question about FilmL.A. data or other film industry studies? Need assistance with a filming-related research project, large or small? Please direct inquiries and opportunities to Adrian McDonald, Research Analyst at 213.977.8636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured Report: Filming On-Location in Los Angeles: 2010-2014This report aggregates 5 years of film permit-derived data to present a recent overview of on-location film production in Greater Los Angeles. The report is divided into topic sections addressing the most seriously‐studied production genres in individual detail. It also includes a detailed discussion of FilmL.A.’s past and present production tracking methodologies.
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Interpreting Our ReportsFilm production activity can be measured in a variety of ways. As of January 2015, FilmL.A.’s, preferred unit of measure is the "Shoot Day" (SD). One SD is defined as a single crew's permission to film a single project, at one or more defined locations, during any given 24-hour period. Older reports from FilmL.A. reference another measure, the “Permitted Production Day.” The two data sets are not compatible.
For a detailed discussion of these units of measure and their differences, please see “Filming On-Location in Los Angeles: 2010-2014.”