93 Days and $20.2 Million: The Economic Impact of One Film

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From September to November 2009, one major motion picture filmed in Los Angeles and spent $20,210,176.  For confidentiality reasons, the name of the film has been withheld.  The following is a detailed breakdown of how that money was spent:

Hotel room days: 213


Car rental days: 655


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: 90; Shoot: 47; Wrap/strike:40

Overall shoot days at all locations for project: 93

Number of Local Hires:

Cast:43; Crew: 924; Extras (in man/days): 988

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.  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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