Japanese Garden Re-opens to Filming

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FilmL.A. is pleased to announce the re-opening of the Japanese Garden at the Donald C. Tillman Reclamation Plant to filming following a hiatus of more than one year. The popular Van Nuys filming destination has been closed to filmmakers since mid-2007, while the site underwent a multi-faceted $480,000 renovation. FilmL.A. has been instrumental in helping filmmakers obtain access to the … 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. Staff Profile: Susan Angrisano

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Oftentimes, the best leaders are those who are hired in the early stages of a business venture and grow alongside their company. As they are promoted to managerial positions, they help establish company policies and procedures and know the company from bottom to top. This can be said of FilmL.A.’s Vice President of Permit Administration, Susan Angrisano, who has been … 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

Presidential Race Decided Early: Paul Audley, FilmL.A. President

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On October 22, 2008, the FilmL.A. Board of Directors unanimously approved the hiring of Paul Audley as our new President. Paul Audley comes to FilmL.A. from The Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California, for which he served as Arizona state director.  Audley has an extensive background in community-based nonprofit organizations and government, having served … Read More

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

Lyons Roars about Online Permit System

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David Lyons, Assistant Location Manager for the independent feature film Unthinkable, applied for the 100th permit submitted through FilmL.A.’s Online Permit System (OPS). OPS debuted on September 29 and allows users to apply for permits online, track the status of required agency and department approvals and take electronic delivery of permits once completed. “This was the first permit I had … Read More

Dog Days of Summer at FilmL.A.

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Rin Tin Tin, Lassie and Benji are household names. But around the FilmL.A. office, the real canine stars are Pepe, Pennywise, Mundo and Carlos the Jackal, to name just a few. In addition to other things that make FilmL.A. a great place to work, our pro-pooch policy allows employees to bring in their four-legged friends. Faced with coordinating upwards of … Read More

FilmL.A. Takes e-Commerce to New Heights with OPS

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On September 29, we will introduce to our customers our new state-of-the-art Online Permit System (OPS), which will revolutionize how permits to film on-location are applied for, coordinated and delivered.              The customer-focused component of OPS was designed with input from prospective film industry end-users in an effort to help make their jobs easier. As soon as the system goes … Read More