FilmL.A. to Offer Limited Student Access to Online Permit System (OPS)

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In a move that is welcomed by local film schools, FilmL.A. is making plans to offer students limited access to its Online Permit System (OPS). By mid-September, student filmmakers working on graduate-level thesis projects will be able to use OPS instead of applying for their permits in person at FilmL.A.’s downtown office. The change is significant because this is the … Read More

2010 a “Golden Era” of Film Activity

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There are many ways to track movie and television production, and some are more enlightening than others. One very flawed effort at tracking can be found in a United Nations (UNESCO) press release from 2009 that declared Nigeria had surpassed Hollywood as a film production center, based upon the number of films produced there. But on digging deeper, one finds … Read More

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