FilmL.A. Honored as Outstanding Film Commission at LMGI Awards

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On April 23, the locations community gathered at the Alex Theatre in Glendale for the third annual Location Managers Guild International Awards.  Awards were bestowed in six categories including Outstanding Locations in a Period Film, Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Film, Outstanding Locations in a Period Television Series, Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Television Series, Outstanding Locations in a Commercial. … Read More

In Memory of Jim McCabe and Brad Bemis, Location Professionals and Friends of FilmL.A.

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At the top of the year, we were saddened to learn that two long-time friends of FilmL.A. had passed away.  FilmL.A. joins many others in honoring the memories of two wonderful location professionals, James (Jim) McCabe and Bradley (Brad) Scott Bemis.   James (Jim) McCabe James (Jim) McCabe began his career in 1977 as Location Manager for the made-for-television movie … Read More

City Council Extends Facility Fee Waiver Program

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In December, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an extension of its City Facilities Location Fee Waiver Program, to wide film industry approval. For five years, the program has aided local filmmakers by waiving facility use fees for productions shot on City-controlled properties like Los Angeles City Hall, City libraries, and law enforcement facilities.  Only a handful of City … Read More

FilmL.A. Staffers Volunteer Time, Talent for COLA Show

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On Sunday, October 16, 2011, Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS) celebrated filming in California by hosting the California On Location AwardsTM (COLA) at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Now in their 17th year, the COLAs honor location professionals, production companies and public employees for professional excellence while working on location in the State of California. This year … Read More

FLICS Taps FilmL.A. to Serve as COLA Event Coordinator

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The California On-Location Awards™ (COLA) is the premiere awards ceremony saluting location professionals, production companies and public employees for professional excellence while working on location in the State of California. COLA is a project of Film Liaisons in California, Statewide (FLICS), a group that seeks to promote and facilitate in-state filming. In 2010, the long-serving organizers of the California On-Location … Read More

Five Years and Counting – FilmL.A.’s Location Managers Reception

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Last Thursday, May 12, as the setting summer sun cast a striking copper glow over downtown Los Angeles, scores of eager location managers, assistant location managers, location scouts and permit service representatives filtered into FilmL.A.’s downtown office. Having long ago opted-in for online delivery, most of the arrivals hadn’t come to pick up permits.  Instead, they’d arrived ready to sit … Read More

FilmL.A. Sponsors LMGA’s Photo Exhibit, “Downtown: Incomplete LA”

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In April, the Location Managers Guild of America (LMGA) will present a juried photography exhibit, “Downtown: Incomplete LA” featuring original works of fine art photography by professional location scouts and location managers. Downtown Los Angeles is the theme of the exhibit, which features scenes captured within the ever-evolving communities of Downtown Los Angeles. All photos appearing in the exhibit were … Read More

Food, Drink Consumed: Merriment Ensued

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For the fourth year in a row, FilmL.A. hosted our Location Managers Party at our offices at Los Angeles Center Studios (LACS).  Originally conceived as a chance to show off our then-new location downtown and to provide face-to-face introductions of our customers and staff, the gathering has become an annual event anticipated by Location Managers and other FilmL.A. customers as … 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