Guerrilla Filming: Skipping Permits to Pinch Pennies Can Cost Big Bucks

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With the economy as it is, budgets are tight.  Everyone is looking for ways to “tighten the belt” and save money.  If you’re a filmmaker, it may seem like that’s always the case; cameras and lights cost money, crews cost money, production insurance costs money, etc., and of course you need to maximize every dollar. There are right and wrong … Read More

Support for Film Industry Does Not Negate Its Responsibilities

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Filmmakers are seeing a lot to like about Los Angeles these days.  Not since the City and County of Los Angeles collaborated to create FilmL.A. and streamline the film permit process in 1995 has the City shown such a concerted effort to support the filmed entertainment industry. However, recognizing the importance of the film industry does not negate the responsibility … Read More

New Docs Make it Easy to Ensure You’re Insured

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Like any business venture, making a feature film, television show or commercial brings liability and risk. Accordingly, before starting an application for a film permit, one needs to start shopping for insurance.  But how much insurance should filmmakers buy and who/what does it have to cover? FilmL.A. and the City of Los Angeles are working to accelerate permit processing by … Read More

LAPD Using Expanded Film Permit Enforcement Powers

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The Los Angeles Police Department’s film permit enforcement powers have been clarified under a revised Special Events Ordinance. Passed into law last October by the Los Angeles City Council, the new ordinance revised section 41.20 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) to make it a misdemeanor offense for production companies to film without a permit or engage in activities … Read More

FilmL.A. Investigates CSI:NY Location Manager Tim Hillman

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The year 2009 was a tough one for the local film, television and commercial production industry, but there were some things worth touting.  It was the first full year of operation for our Online Permit System (OPS), which has significantly improved the film permit coordination process by allowing our customers to apply for and track the progress of their film … Read More