Integral 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

First Quarter, 2017 – Stats

Q1 2017 data

On-location filming in Greater Los Angeles decreased 2.1 percent in the first quarter of 2017, according to a FimL.A. report released today. In all, 9,496 Shoot Days (SD)* were logged during the period, including all categories tracked by the nonprofit. Among all filming categories, on-location Feature production suffered the steepest quarterly decline, slipping 36.3 percent to 729 SD. Meanwhile, local production of short-form Web-Based TV projects increased 33.7 percent, to 508 SD.

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Featured Publications

2016 Pilot Production Report

This report provides updated insight from FilmL.A.’s decade old tracking effort focused on new television projects and promising series. This year’s report features expanded analysis of digital pilot production and trends in “straight-to-series” pilot orders and “pilot-to-series” relocation.

2015 Feature Film Study

This report analyzes a sample of 109 U.S. feature films released theatrically last year, identifying where they were filmed and how much was spent to produce them. The report also examines California’s top competitors and year-over-year trends in film production yield.

2015 Production Retrospective

This report aggregates 5 years of film permit-derived data to present a recent overview of on-location film production in Greater Los Angeles. This report is divided into topic sections addressing the most seriously studied production genres in individual detail.