Los Angeles location film production surges
Los Angeles saw a surge in movie location filming days in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to new figures from FilmLA.
Feature film production rose by nearly 25% in the final three months of the year, pushing growth for the year to 12%, the biggest increase for features since California first launched a formal filming incentive in 2009.
“It is gratifying to see feature film work and related jobs returning to Los Angeles,” said Paul Audley, president of FilmLA.
“Although LA now has permanent competitors in this space, the incentive is working as intended in bringing exciting new projects to the area.”
Location filming days for TV comedy shows also rose – by nearly 20% - and web-based television by almost 30%. However, production for TV pilots plummeted by nearly 60% for the quarter.
California’s boosted filming incentive programme prioritises TV production but at the end of last year it was still the case that only a minority of location days in Los Angeles were from projects that qualified for the state tax credit.
Los Angeles faces stiff competition from North American cities like Atlanta, New Orleans, New York, Vancouver and Toronto, and from London in the UK.
High-profile features that have filmed in Los Angeles over the past three months have included David Ayer’s Bright and Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, which set a record for the scale of the tax credit support it was awarded.
For more on filming in California see our production guide.