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