This Production Alert was updated at 3:15 p.m., 10/28/20.
Election Day approaches on November 3. As millions of California voters head to US Post Office locations and Vote Centers to cast their ballots, from October 30 to November 8, local officials expect increased staffing demands for law enforcement and public safety personnel. The latest reports from federal, state and local law enforcement and security agencies indicate a probable uptick in local protest activity around the election.
FilmLA reminds all filmmakers that the availability of government partners to review film permit applications, approve of higher-impact film activities, and provide direct oversight of filming on-location may be limited during this time. Many City and County offices will be closed on November 3.
As of 10/28, we also know that NO filming activity requiring the direct presence of CHP or Sheriffs will be approved between October 30 and November 6. This means no driving shots, intermittent traffic control, lane closures, or full street closures will be available in areas served by these agencies. A similar restriction applies in Culver City.
In the City of Los Angeles and City of Santa Monica, requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis, however approvals cannot be guaranteed.
As always, FilmLA’s Solution Services team is available to assist you in evaluating your plans and options. With appreciation for our government partners and local communities we serve, we know we can support filming in our neighborhoods, maintain shared access to public rights-of-way, and prioritize Californians’ important rights to vote and First Amendment speech.
We look forward to assisting you at 213-977-8600, and at firstname.lastname@example.org