FilmLA has always come through for me quickly when I have had a location problem. The other day, I had clients in my car in a panic about not being able to film at a hotel. One call to FilmLA, and five minutes later, I was able to explain the situation. It certainly made me look good, being able to give them an answer so fast and to put the issue to rest.
A great organization – and as good as the permitting assistance is, the Production Planning Dept. is the invaluable and ONLY way to navigate filming in L.A.!!!
I produced a shoot last Friday and was at first upset that I needed a FilmLA Monitor. But, after meeting and working with him, he instantly became an asset to our production. Our Monitor was personable, professional able to flow with the ever-changing demands of production with ease, grace and humor. If you don’t work on-location, it’s really hard to explain. But, if he didn’t work for FilmLA, I would hire him myself.
Our great experience today with your FilmLA Monitor underscores the importance of having someone from an independent perspective who understands the importance of respecting the needs of production companies and balancing those against the concerns of residents and small businesses. This is exactly how the system should work.
Arts District Community Filming Liaison
Thanks for your help with City Hall. Please pass this on: our FilmLA Monitors were great! I cannot imagine having filmed there without their help. I felt like they had everything under control there and wish they’d been involved earlier. A big thanks to them on my behalf.
FilmLA was amazing to work with. They really came through for me on a last minute location change. I really appreciated their professionalism and willingness to help.
FilmLA has always been there to jump in and help out whenever any issues have arisen though the years, and I know many on their staff work the same long hours we do. They are dedicated individuals who tirelessly strive for the same goal we have; to keep the filming and production payroll here in LA where our families and homes are. They help us build and repair the delicate bridge we all have to cross to work everyday. It takes a great deal of talent, dedication and just plain hard work to do that on all sides.
Every time I work out of town I realize how fortunate we are to have FilmLA as our advocate here.
Location Manager for The Dark Knight Rises
I would like to commend the crew and the crew managers for being courteous, thoughtful and considerate of the residents in the shoot area. […] We are all pleased to welcome the production crew and their staff to our neighborhood. If the production company needs further shoots in this area they are welcome.
Resident of Panorama City, CA
I just wanted to say how much I love online permitting. Now when we have a question about something, we can log on and look.
Thank you so much for e-mail notification. It is a great step in helping me notify my tenants ahead of time. It takes me 72 hours of time processing paperwork to post the apartment building. At least I got to enjoy dinner yesterday without running out to the property.
First National Properties Management Co., Inc.,
We at Flash Forward owe all of you a tremendous amount of applause – let’s say a standing ovation. Your efforts on our behalf during this production have been nothing but, if not beyond, stellar. With your support, we have the confidence that when this pilot goes to series there will be no doubt that shooting in Los Angeles is the only choice. Thank you again for your help, indulgence and cooperation in keeping our production on the right path.
Producer for Flash Forward
Donna Washington has been a blessing to all of us in the location community here in Los Angeles, through her leadership at FilmLA.
John Panzarella - Location Manager
From his acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th Annual LMGI Awards
Like all organizations involved in supporting the Greater Los Angeles film industry, the strike announcement will bring challenges and changes for our business.
For FilmLA, what will not change is our commitment to meet the needs of filmmakers working on-location and the local communities that host them.
Moving forward there are still City and County approvals to obtain, Notices of Filming to distribute and film sets to monitor, region-wide.
Our office will continue to be open daily, M-F from 8a to 6p, and our experts in production planning, permit coordination and comprehensive community relations will continue to be available for all who need our services.
Now as before, we wish the AMPTP and WGA negotiators the best in their important talks. Our hope and our confidence are with each as they work toward a mutually agreeable outcome.