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

FilmL.A. Upgrades Service to Student Filmmakers

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In an effort to better support the filmmakers of the future, FilmL.A. recently unveiled two improvements to its permit process for student filming. The first adjustment involved the creation of a web-based Student Permit Process Guide, a seven-step walkthrough of the film permit process.  Students can now access answers to their most frequently-asked questions about the permit process, and do … Read More

FilmL.A. eNotification Debuts in Hancock Park, Windsor Square

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FilmL.A. has expanded its filming eNotification program to cover residents and property owners in Hancock Park and Windsor Square. As a supplement to FilmL.A.’s standard door-to-door notification service, the new program will offer residents in these areas a convenient new way to stay up-to-date about filming in their neighborhoods. eNotification participants opt-in to receive advance Notices of Filming via email.  … Read More

FilmL.A. Production Coordinators Set Sights on Film Sites

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The March 2008 debut of FilmL.A.’s web-based Online Permit System (OPS), and its subsequent introduction to filmmakers last September, is helping us improve our service to industry customers and area communities. Specifically, the streamlined OPS permit process has enabled us to increase the number of film site visits conducted by FilmL.A. staff. Every week, one of our eight production coordinators … Read More

California Finally Gets Own Filming Incentive

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>After years of work by dedicated champions for entertainment industry jobs, California has a film tax incentive.  On February 20, 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger signed legislation creating tax credits for qualified film and television productions.  The funding allocation is $100 million a year for five years. The state legislature has recognized that the filmed entertainment industry is extremely mobile and that … Read More