FilmL.A.’s Production Planning Team: Local Filmmakers’ Inside Connection

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Locking in locations for your next feature film, television show, commercial or web series can be a daunting task.  Many a production team has scouted a prime location, only to later discover that there are filming restrictions at that site or that another production already has a permit to film in the vicinity.  Early access to information can help filmmakers avoid … Read More

FilmL.A. Works the Sundance Scene

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Earlier this month, FilmL.A. sent a small delegation to attend the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The purpose of the trip was to network with film and television decision makers and help spread the message that Los Angeles is open for business. FilmL.A., of course, is at the center of that effort.  With complimentary production planning services, convenient cross-jurisdictional permitting and … Read More

FilmL.A. Production Coordinators Participate in LAFD Training Program

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Since July, FilmL.A. Production Coordinators have been taking advantage of a new on-the-job training opportunity organized by the Los Angeles City Fire Department. Initially conceived by Captain Fred Fowlks of the Los Angeles Fire Department Film Unit, the Fire Safety Ride Along program is increasing communication among permit coordinators and the LAFD and strengthening safety oversight measures built into the … Read More

FilmL.A. — There at the “Inception”

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Currently, the top box office draw is Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  And while the film shot scenes in a number of countries and cities, Angelenos who see the film should recognize many scenes that were filmed on-location in L.A. FilmL.A.’s Production Planning Team was instrumental in providing the Inception filmmakers with early assurance that logistically challenging shoots could be accomplished … 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

City of Los Angeles Looking to Make Next Season of Episodic TV Easier

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On May 20th, representatives of the City of Los Angeles’ City Administrative Officer (CAO), the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA), the Mayor’s Office and staff of FilmL.A. met with TV show location managers to discuss on-location filming and the filming-related procedures of various City departments. Currently on hiatus from filming, Tim Hillman of CSI: NY, Tony Salome of NCIS: Los Angeles … Read More

FilmL.A. Upgrades LocoScout with Public Properties

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FilmL.A. recently added municipal facilities to our LocoScout public property location database, complementing photos of school properties from our five school district clients that have been accessible online since the website’s launch in December 2009. Users can now search for their prize public locations by types such as City Halls, Libraries, Fire Departments, Prisons/Jails, etc., as well as by jurisdictions … Read More