Filming in Los Angeles on the rise

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(Photo credit: FilmLA)

(Photo credit: FilmLA)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles saw an uptick in feature filming during the first quarter of this year, but television production activity dipped compared with the same period a year ago, according to a FilmL.A. report released today.
Feature production was up 24.2 percent compared to the same period last year, with 1,588 permitted production days, or PPD, logged. Television production, meanwhile fell 9.2 percent to 4,624 PPD, FilmL.A. reported.
Filming activity overall totaled 13,265 PPD during the January-through- March period, down nearly 1 percent from 13,361 PPD in 2013, according to the report. While the report showed a slight decrease in overall activity, a significant share of that activity was helped by film incentives, according to FilmL.A.
The film office also noted a surge in activity for projects that qualified for state film incentives, with 25 percent of the features and 22 percent of television dramas made in the first quarter taking advantage of the California Television Tax Credit Program.
“This quarter’s report hints at what would be possible if California were to truly step up and compete for new film projects and jobs,” FilmL.A. President Paul Audley said.
With the state program in its fifth year, “just imagine where we could be five years from now if current efforts to expand the state’s incentive program are successful,” he said.
Feature film activity linked to productions that qualified for incentives more than doubled to 392 PPD from 171 PPD during the same period last year, while television dramas that qualified for tax breaks recorded 251 PPD, compared with 176 in the same quarter of 2013.
Feature movies that qualified for incentives included “Entourage: The Movie,” “Her,” “Horrible Bosses 2″ and “Night Crawler.”
Incentives granted to TV dramas such as “Franklin & Bash,” “Justified,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Teen Wolf” may have helped cushion the overall decline seen in small-screen drama projects in the latest quarter, FilmL.A. researchers added.
FilmL.A. spokesman Philip Sokoloski said it is “unusual” to see this many projects in one quarter supported by state incentives.
“We were fortunate this past quarter to have a number of incentivized features filming simultaneously in Los Angeles, some of which spent a great deal of time on location,” he said.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, who recently appointed a “film czar” to lobby in Sacramento in favor of the local film industry, said the on-location report “underscores the importance of our work to expand the film and television credit program to create jobs and boost our economy.”
Commercial shoots were up 2.8 percent in the quarter, according to the report, while there was little change among smaller-budget projects such as student films, music videos and industrial films.
FilmL.A. is a production company-funded nonprofit that processes film permits for projects in the Los Angeles area. It was created when the county and city decided to privatize their film permit offices.

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