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Movie and TV filming rises in Los Angeles

Los AngelesMovie and TV drama location filming in Los Angeles saw modest increases in the third quarter of this year, FilmLA has revealed.

Feature production rose by just under 8%, with the vast majority (nearly 90%) of movie location days shot without any support from California’s filming incentive programme.

Television drama location filming days increased by just 4%, but this was nonetheless the first rise of 2017 and a far greater proportion (35%) of TV shoot days had filming incentive support. 

This reflects the nature of California’s tax credit programme, which allocates more money to incentivising TV shoots than to feature production.  

“It is important to note that despite a year over year decline in numbers for the third quarter, on-location production counts are over 16% higher than five years ago,” said Paul Audley, president of FilmLA. “Quarterly changes aside, we’ve seen LA area film production stabilise at a high level.”

Over the summer, the California Film Commission announced major incentive support for superhero movie Captain Marvel, which marks a shift away from Marvel’s usual Atlanta production base. 

Filmmaker Roland Emmerich also secured tax credit support for Midway, a $100m feature that will tell the story of the decisive Second World War naval battle fought between the US and Japan in mid-1942. The film will make the unusual move of shooting extensively in San Francisco.  

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in California.