Second Quarter Gains from First Quarter Pains

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On-location filming reached record highs this past April through June, as a unique combination of seasonal and economic circumstances fueled a 26 percent year-over-year rise in production.   During the past three months, FilmL.A. coordinated a total of 17,375 permitted days of on-location production, making the second quarter of 2008 the busiest single quarter ever observed.  FilmL.A.’s recent announcement of … Read More

North County Partners Envision Filming Without Borders

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On July 16, 2008 the Palmdale City Council voted to approve a contract with FilmL.A. for on-location film permit coordination. FilmL.A. has already partnered with the City of Lancaster and Los Angeles County to coordinate location filming in Palmdale-adjacent areas. This new agreement means FilmL.A. can now coordinate film production within Palmdale city limits and can combine Palmdale locations with … Read More

Film Production Sedate So Far in ’08

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On-location production in Los Angeles slumped 23 percent in the first quarter, according to our latest year-to-year comparison. The recent strike by Hollywood writers — which lasted from last November through the middle of February — triggered an industry-wide shutdown in scripted television production that took hold at the beginning of the new year. In all, FilmL.A. coordinated 2,921 fewer … Read More

Keeping Filming in L.A.: Community Relations Sets the Scene

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Each year, thousands of visitors to Los Angeles take tours of studio back-lots to see where their favorite movies and TV shows are filmed. Many of those visitors, and possibly many local residents, may not realize that much of the region’s film production takes place not on a sound-stage, but rather in one of L.A.’s many diverse neighborhoods. FilmL.A. helps … Read More

FilmL.A. Monitors: At Your Service

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Have you seen a FilmL.A. Monitor in your neighborhood? FilmL.A. Monitors are assigned to on-location film productions to complement location managers by serving as “ambassadors” and a point of contact for residents and business owners who may have concerns or questions about the filming process. During a typical day a monitor will interact with the public and production company to … Read More

FilmL.A. Celebrates the Bridges of the Los Angeles River

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FilmL.A. has joined the Los Angeles Conservancy, Friends of the Los Angeles River and the Getty Conservation Institute to celebrate a unique collection of historic structures and a hot topic of study and debate. FilmL.A. is a co-sponsor of “Spanning History: The Bridges of the Los Angeles River”, which will include an April 10 panel discussion regarding the status of, … Read More

City of Lancaster Partners with FilmL.A.

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On January 22, 2008, the City of Lancaster became the latest jurisdiction to contract with FilmL.A. for expedited film permitting and industry/community relations. Located in north Los Angeles County, Lancaster is home to many attractive filming locations including a City-owned baseball stadium, national soccer center and performing arts center. Lancaster was named the region’s “Most Business-Friendly City” by the Los … Read More

FilmL.A. Helps Local Community Organizations

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At the end of 2007, FilmL.A. saw an opportunity to support fellow community nonprofits by donating office furniture and equipment we could no longer use. We teamed up with iReuse to provide local organizations the means to continue offering free or low-cost resources to under-served communities. The Braswell Rehabilitation Institute for Development of Growth and Educational Services, Inc. (B.R.I.D.G.E.S.), which … Read More

L.A.-Based Film Production Slips in ’07

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There were fewer white trucks on the streets of Los Angeles in 2007. Last year, uncertainty related to industry contract talks and a November walkout by Hollywood writers helped cast a long shadow over film production in L.A. Overall filming levels in L.A. slipped one percent last year, with six of eight tracked production categories posting annual declines. Tepid performance … Read More