Each year, thousands of visitors to Los Angeles take tours of studio backlots to see where their favorite movies and TV shows are filmed. Many of those visitors, and locals alike, may not realize that much of the region’s film production takes place not on a sound-stage, but rather in one of L.A.’s many diverse neighborhoods. Filming outside of a certified soundstage or studio backlot requires a permit from the city, county and/or other local jurisdiction.
FilmLA’s core service is to provide expert, centralized coordination of multi-jurisdictional on-location filming permits in the world’s highest-volume film production region.
The process of film permitting is enhanced by the following ancillary services:
Advance planning helps filmmakers understand neighborhood concerns and/or filming restrictions and pre-empts conflict, ultimately reducing production cost and complexity. Learn More
FilmLA performs uniform, consistent notification to communities to ensure that residents and businesses are well-informed in advance of filming activity. Learn More
FilmLA’s job is to facilitate on-location filming in a way that minimizes inconvenience to communities. We proactively establish an open rapport with local neighborhoods and coordinate permits with their concerns in mind. Learn More
FilmLA Monitors are our eyes and ears on the street and are assigned to sensitive filming locations to provide community members and production companies with aid throughout the filming day. Learn More
FilmLA is expert in matters related to filming and its economic, civic and cultural benefits for the region. Our data and reports are regularly cited by government representatives, economists, and members of the media. Learn More
Partner with us
Although many municipal leaders would like to see their areas become more film-friendly, they may not have the resources, staff, or expertise to make that vision a reality. If you represent a local city, public agency, college or school district and any of the above sounds familiar, we want to hear from you! For more than 20 years, our expertise in film permit coordination, community outreach, and marketing to filmmakers have helped our government clients get their “big break” in the industry. Contracting with FilmLA to serve as your film office is a great way to attract filming and support our region’s vibrant entertainment economy, while also adhering to the Model Film Ordinance, ensuring statewide film friendly policies.