L.A. Region’s On-Location Filming in Freefall

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For our local film production professionals, the first quarter of 2009 was a tough time to find work on feature films or commercial projects in Los Angeles.  As FilmL.A. on April 14, 2009, on-location feature film and commercial production levels experienced drastic year-over-year declines for the period, while television production misleadingly appeared to soar compared to the strike-affected first quarter … Read More

FilmL.A. Preps Communities for Prep

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On any given day of the week in Los Angeles, some structure — be it a home, office building or public school — is donning a disguise and going incognito courtesy of local filmmakers. This is “prep” and it’s a time of transformation, when real-life locations become storyboard stand-ins. If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, you’ve seen … Read More

“Ugly” Motion Brings Lovely Results

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On March 26th, the Los Angeles City Council passed what became known as the “Ugly Betty” package of recommendations designed to make it easier to film in Los Angeles. The blueprint for the seven-point package approved by Council was a report by the Chief Legislative Analyst’s Office (CLA) on runaway production, which Councilmembers Garcetti and Greuel called for after the … Read More

FilmL.A. Staff Patently Inventive

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For some, the term “inventor” conjures a mental image of a nutty professor similar to Doc Brown from Back to the Future.  FilmL.A.’s inventive staff members — none of whom have wild gray hair or resemble Doc Brown in the slightest — recently created and launched OPS, our Online Permit System, for which a patent application is on file with … Read More

FilmL.A. Upgrades Service to Student Filmmakers

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In an effort to better support the filmmakers of the future, FilmL.A. recently unveiled two improvements to its permit process for student filming. The first adjustment involved the creation of a web-based Student Permit Process Guide, a seven-step walkthrough of the film permit process.  Students can now access answers to their most frequently-asked questions about the permit process, and do … Read More