75 Days and $18.87 Million: The Economic Impact of One Film

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Due to the popularity of an earlier post about the economic impact of one film that spent $20.2 million over 93 days filming in Los Angeles in 2009, we decided to make a series out of it.  This is the second post in the series.

From April to June 2010, this one major motion picture filmed in Los Angeles and spent $18,873,528 over 75 days.  For confidentiality reasons, the name of the name of the film has been withheld.  The following is a detailed breakdown of how that money was spent:

Hotel room days: 291


Car rental days: 364


Catering, bakery goods & other food items


Hardware & lumber supplies


Secretarial personnel, equipment (Xerox, phones etc)


Local wardrobe purchased


Dry cleaning




Location fees public


Location fees private


City, county and other governmental permit fees


Off-duty personnel (police, fire etc)


Local extras hired


Local security hired


Per Diem payments


Local hires (carpenters, electricians etc.)


Other rentals


Other purchases:




Days on location:

Prep/construction: 51; Shoot: 53; Wrap/strike: 25

Overall shoot days at all locations for project: 75

Number of Local Hires:

Cast:56; Crew: 619; Extras (in man/days): 2776

Clearly, the economic impact of just a portion of the spending for one major film has a massive impact that ripples throughout the California economy.  Moreover, because of the deep infrastructure, over 92% of all money spent is sourced right here in California.  The next time you see a shoot taking place in your community, please try and remember how much Film Works for California.

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