L.A. sees 10% increase in on-location filming days
The not-for-profit film office FilmL.A. released a new report stating that the total amount of on-location shooting days in and around Los Angeles during 2014 across film, television and commercials has increased by 9.6%.
Both television shows and commercials saw an increase compared to last year. Feature film production was unfortunately down by 3%, a fact explained by the film office as being the effect of runaway productions moving to one of the over 30 states and more than 30 countries that offer better filming incentives. Looking at the average amount of shooting days over the past five years however, feature film still saw an increase of nearly 7%.
When looking at the type of commercials shooting in the area, FilmL.A. says it observed substantial growth in the production of ads for web‐based distribution. From 2010 to 2014, local production of internet‐based commercials increased 336%, rising from 177 annual shoot days in 2010 to 771 in 2014.
Within the television genre, however, it was web-based productions that saw a decrease in production compared to last year. Still popular though, this type of production surpassed pilots and sitcoms - generally considered to be one of the most economically lucrative forms of television - as a contributor to local shooting days.
TV dramas, a category which includes all scripted television projects of one hour duration or longer, has seen an increase in on-location shooting days of no less than 28.6%.
"This is big news for our city given the critical role the entertainment industry plays in creating tens of thousands of good middle class jobs,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Our work to make L.A. more film-friendly is already paying off, and we're excited to see even bigger numbers when the new film tax credit we got passed goes into effect."