Integral to FilmL.A.’s work is ongoing research into the benefits that local filming brings to the Los Angeles region. To that end, we maintain an internal research division devoted to the production, collection and dissemination of information regarding the U.S. film production economy and global production trends.

Have a question about FilmL.A. data or other film industry studies? Need assistance with a filming-related research project, large or small? Please direct inquiries and opportunities to Adrian McDonald, Research Analyst, at 213.977.8636 or amcdonald@filmla.com

2017 Third Quarter Report

On-location filming in Greater Los Angeles decreased 3.5 percent in the third quarter of 2017 vs. the third quarter of 2016, according to a FimL.A. report released today. In all, 9,455 Shoot Days (SD)* were logged during the period, including all categories tracked by the nonprofit. Among all filming categories, on-location Feature production rose 7.6 percent yielding 1,172 SD this quarter. On-location Commercial production rose 7.2 percent, yielding 1,335 SD, and TV Drama production increased 4.1 percent to 1,231 SD — the first quarterly increase seen this year.

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2017 Pilot Production Report
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FilmL.A.’s official count shows that 173 broadcast, cable and digital pilots (109 Dramas, 64 Comedies) were produced during the 2016-17 development cycle, more than two dozen fewer than the previous year.

2016 Feature Film Study

Employing a new sampling method, the 2016 Feature Film Study analyzes the 100 highest-performing U.S. feature films released theatrically last year, identifying where they were filmed and how much was spent to produce them. The report also examines California’s top competitors and four-year trends in feature production yield.

2016 Pilot Production Report

This report provides updated insight from FilmL.A.’s decade old tracking effort focused on new television projects and promising series. This year’s report features expanded analysis of digital pilot production and trends in “straight-to-series” pilot orders and “pilot-to-series” relocation.

2015 Feature Film Study

This report analyzes a sample of 109 U.S. feature films released theatrically last year, identifying where they were filmed and how much was spent to produce them. The report also examines California’s top competitors and year-over-year trends in film production yield.

2015 Production Retrospective

This report aggregates 5 years of film permit-derived data to present a recent overview of on-location film production in Greater Los Angeles. This report is divided into topic sections addressing the most seriously studied production genres in individual detail.

2015 Pilot Production Report

FilmL.A.’s 2015 count shows that 202 broadcast, cable and digital pilots (111 Dramas, 91 Comedies) were produced during the 2014-15 development cycle, just one less than the prior year, which was the most productive on record by a large margin.

2014 Feature Film Study

A total of 22 California-made film projects were released theatrically in 2014 (18 live action films & 4 animated films) giving the state an edge over its competitors in total project count and production spending. The 22 projects filmed in California brought an estimated $1.11 billion in total production spending to the state.