FilmL.A. Preps Communities for Prep

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On any given day of the week in Los Angeles, some structure — be it a home, office building or public school — is donning a disguise and going incognito courtesy of local filmmakers. This is “prep” and it’s a time of transformation, when real-life locations become storyboard stand-ins. If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, you’ve seen … Read More

FilmL.A. eNotification Debuts in Hancock Park, Windsor Square

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FilmL.A. has expanded its filming eNotification program to cover residents and property owners in Hancock Park and Windsor Square. As a supplement to FilmL.A.’s standard door-to-door notification service, the new program will offer residents in these areas a convenient new way to stay up-to-date about filming in their neighborhoods. eNotification participants opt-in to receive advance Notices of Filming via email.  … Read More

FilmL.A. Production Coordinators Set Sights on Film Sites

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The March 2008 debut of FilmL.A.’s web-based Online Permit System (OPS), and its subsequent introduction to filmmakers last September, is helping us improve our service to industry customers and area communities. Specifically, the streamlined OPS permit process has enabled us to increase the number of film site visits conducted by FilmL.A. staff. Every week, one of our eight production coordinators … Read More

California Finally Gets Own Filming Incentive

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>After years of work by dedicated champions for entertainment industry jobs, California has a film tax incentive.  On February 20, 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger signed legislation creating tax credits for qualified film and television productions.  The funding allocation is $100 million a year for five years. The state legislature has recognized that the filmed entertainment industry is extremely mobile and that … Read More

L.A. School’s “Fame” Known Throughout the Industry

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Fame, a remake of the 1980 feature film of the same name, just completed filming at Le Conte Middle School in Hollywood.  Filming preparations began at the school in the middle of December and included building an extravagant set in the school’s auditorium. Los Angeles Unified School District schools are frequently used for filming or parking of production vehicles when … Read More

L.A.-Based Big-Budget Features Going, Going, Gone?

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FilmL.A.’s annual production figures for 2008 are in, and the data reveal that all is not well with L.A.’s signature industry. Total on-location filming coordinated by FilmL.A. decreased 8.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007, from 13,353 to 12,277 permitted days of production.  By year’s end, total days had dropped 1.7 percent, … Read More

L.A. Filming Centennial Highlights What’s at Stake

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This year Los Angeles’ movie industry celebrates a centennial.  One hundred years ago in 1909 the first motion picture filmed entirely within Los Angeles was shot downtown at 8th and Olive.  Film production became a signature industry for our region and state, as its products were exported throughout the world. Unfortunately, movie industry jobs have been exported as well. The phenomenon … Read More

A Landmark Sign of Cooperation

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Filming on-location requires the involvement and approvals of numerous government departments, agencies and private entities.  Our job at FilmL.A. is to streamline the permitting process by ensuring good communication between these parties and clear protocols for filming where jurisdictions overlap. A great example of overlapping jurisdictions is the area around the Hollywood Sign in Griffith Park.  The famous landmark sign … Read More

FilmL.A. Staffers Bone Up on Dog Safety

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Have you ever been on a walk and met a snarling German Shepherd? How about a protective Pit Bull, or a disagreeable Dogo? This past October, FilmL.A. staffers spent their morning learning about and being bitten by all three. The attacks were part of a company-sponsored training session led by Bulli Ray Enterprises, a one-of-a-kind company that offers occupational dog … Read More

FilmL.A. eNotification is “Fashionable” Downtown

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FilmL.A. is proud to partner with the LA Fashion District to provide eNotification to businesses and property owners within the business improvement district.      Neighborhood notification is vital to ensure on-location film production can occur smoothly. Community stakeholders deserve to be well informed about upcoming filming before film trucks roll into their neighborhoods.    Email notification is an environmentally-friendly means … Read More