FilmL.A. Expands Community Relations Department

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FilmL.A. is pleased to announce the appointment of two new additions to its communications department.  Replacing retiring community relations director Geoffrey Smith, community outreach liaisons Arturo Piña and Guy Langman are now charged with growing and implementing FilmL.A.’s neighborhood outreach and education programs. Guy Langman, a Modesto CA native, retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2013 after 20+ years … Read More

L.A. Keeping Pace with Trends in Film Office Function

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Last month, the Atlanta City Council approved the creation of a City Office of Entertainment, a move that local media said would help to “streamline the permit process” to shoot in the city and “mitigate neighborhood impacts” from filming. If these phrases sound familiar, then you probably know about FilmL.A. and the work we do here in Los Angeles.  Formed … Read More

The Advantages of Shooting in California

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(This is a guest post submitted by Film Works supporter Zack Mandell, a movie enthusiast and owner of www.movieroomreviews.com and writer of movie reviews.  He writes extensively about the movie industry for sites such as Gossip Center, Yahoo, NowPublic, and Helium.) California is famous for several reasons.  In the last fifty years, the state has spawned two presidents.  It is … Read More

The “Modern Writers” Behind L.A.’s Modern Family

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This week, the hit television show Modern Family won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for the third consecutive year.  Since it first premiered three years ago, Modern Family has garnered a total of 12 Emmys for categories that include acting, directing and — perhaps most importantly — for writing.  Without a doubt, Modern Family is firing on all … Read More

Pasadena in Film at Busch Gardens and Hogan’s Aristocratic Dream

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Article written by Mary Mallory Filmmakers have always loved shooting around the Los Angeles area because so many diverse locations offer tantalizing story possibilities at a fraction of the cost of traveling around the United States or out of the country to film. One of the most popular places employed for location shooting by early filmmaking companies was Pasadena, California. … Read More

FilmL.A., Film Works Represent L.A. at AFCI’s Annual Locations Expo

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Earlier this month, FilmL.A. staffers participated in the 2012 Locations Expo organized by the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI). Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center during the Los Angeles Film Festival, the annual event draws film commission representatives from other states and nations all looking to capture a share of California’s heritage industry. FilmL.A. used the opportunity to … Read More

Santa Monica Movie Studio “Xcited” About the Future

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Whenever we hear about an entertainment business committed to growing and expanding its presence in the Golden State, we like to pay them a visit.  And, when Film Works learned that Lee Brownstein, founder of Santa Monica-based XcitableBoy Productions, made the gutsy decision to expand during one of the slowest film production periods on record, we knew that he and … Read More

Thomas Ince, The Civil War and the Silver Screen

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Article written by Mary Mallory Thomas Ince, sadly more recognized today for his tragic, early death than for the fine films he created, was one of Hollywood’s most successful early film producers. Building his first studio in 1912 at what is now the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Sunset Blvd., Ince churned out mostly westerns and Civil War pictures … Read More

Star Waggons: A Star for the Local Economy

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If Star Waggons’ Jason Waggoner had his way, celebrities would say “I’ll be in my Star Waggon” instead of, “I’ll be in my trailer.”  Started by Jason’s father, Lyle Waggoner, in the early 1980s, Star Waggons is a local manufacturing and equipment rental powerhouse with an impressive fleet of over 800 custom-built film trailers.  That’s right, the bulk of the … Read More