L.A. School’s “Fame” Known Throughout the Industry

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Fame, a remake of the 1980 feature film of the same name, just completed filming at Le Conte Middle School in Hollywood.  Filming preparations began at the school in the middle of December and included building an extravagant set in the school’s auditorium. Los Angeles Unified School District schools are frequently used for filming or parking of production vehicles when … Read More

Preventing Problems Through Production Planning

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If you’re working on a feature film, television show or commercial, how do you measure on-the-job frustration? Do you measure it in hours wasted scouting locations that can’t be filmed, either because of conflicts with other productions or area filming restrictions? Or, do you measure it in earfuls of grief from community members or your producer, because the activities you meticulously planned … Read More

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

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