Local Television Pilot Production Plummets

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Not long ago, each February found the Los Angeles region abuzz with film production activity. New television pilots, produced in anticipation of May screenings for network television advertisers, joined continuing TV series, feature films and commercial projects in competition for talent, crews, stage space and sought-after locations. But, pilot producers working in L.A. might find that they have their pick … Read More

Third Annual Location Managers Party Largest Yet

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In May, FilmL.A. hosted its annual Location Managers Party, welcoming more than 150 men and women working hard behind the scenes to facilitate on-location production. With the lights of Downtown Los Angeles as the backdrop, FilmL.A. customers, including Location Managers and permit service representatives, gathered at our offices to unwind, have some quality face-to-face time with FilmL.A. staff and talk … Read More

Location Managers Step in Front of the Camera

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Location Managers are often tasked with making the impossible possible, with making the director’s wishes a reality.  They are responsible for finding and securing film locations and required permits for a production company wishing to shoot on-location. They may also assist in planning the logistics of the film shoot and serve as the production’s community and government liaison.  We at … Read More

Port Ends Filming Hiatus: Southwest Marine Re-Opens

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One of Los Angeles’ most prolific screen icons has taken a brief hiatus but is ready again for cameras to roll. This aging icon, born in 1917 (or shall we say “berthed” in 1917) has played a role in hundreds of movies and TV productions.  We’re not referring to an actor, but rather the Port of Los Angeles’ Southwest Marine … Read More

Wanted: Filmmakers with a Passion for Conservation — Creative Competition Promotes Intelligent Use of Water

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Heading into the summer, and with much of California facing severe to moderate drought, now is the time to think about how we can all better manage and conserve water. FilmL.A. has teamed up with Azusa, California-based Rainbird Corporation to recruit filmmakers with a passion for water conservation.  Rainbird’s Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition, now in its third year, is open to all amateur and experienced filmmakers … Read More

Two New School Districts Ready for Close-Ups

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La Cañada Unified School District (LCUSD) and San Gabriel Unified School District (SGUSD) have partnered with FilmL.A. to provide film licensing for all their respective district properties. Located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, La Cañada is the gateway to the Angeles Crest Highway, and the LCUSD schools have a unique design and backdrop that reflect the woodsy surroundings.  … Read More

L.A. Region’s On-Location Filming in Freefall

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For our local film production professionals, the first quarter of 2009 was a tough time to find work on feature films or commercial projects in Los Angeles.  As FilmL.A. on April 14, 2009, on-location feature film and commercial production levels experienced drastic year-over-year declines for the period, while television production misleadingly appeared to soar compared to the strike-affected first quarter … Read More

FilmL.A. Preps Communities for Prep

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On any given day of the week in Los Angeles, some structure — be it a home, office building or public school — is donning a disguise and going incognito courtesy of local filmmakers. This is “prep” and it’s a time of transformation, when real-life locations become storyboard stand-ins. If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, you’ve seen … Read More

“Ugly” Motion Brings Lovely Results

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On March 26th, the Los Angeles City Council passed what became known as the “Ugly Betty” package of recommendations designed to make it easier to film in Los Angeles. The blueprint for the seven-point package approved by Council was a report by the Chief Legislative Analyst’s Office (CLA) on runaway production, which Councilmembers Garcetti and Greuel called for after the … Read More