Seasons Change, Cloudy Outlook Remains

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New FilmL.A. production data reveals that local on-location feature film production dropped 38 percent between July and September, as compared to the same period last year.  The year-over-year decline from 1,897 to 1,181 permitted production days (PPD) is due to a string of unusually early project wraps; many producers chose to start their projects ahead of mid-year contract deadlines.   … Read More

New Website Helps Demystify Permitting Process

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FilmL.A. launched a new website September 29, and with it, we introduced a host of new information sections for our government, industry and community partners.   In addition to our new Online Permit System (OPS), an important new web feature is our Getting Started section for filmmakers.  This section houses easy-to-follow, step-by-step guides to the film permitting process, as streamlined and simplified by … Read More

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