On-location filming in greater Los Angeles rose 3 percent in the third quarter, compared to the year-ago period, and is up for a third consecutive quarter, according to figures released Tuesday.
FilmL.A., the official film office for the city and county of Los Angeles, reported that 9,734 shoot days were logged during the period across all categories tracked by the nonprofit, and that on-location feature production is up for a third consecutive quarter.
Incentivized projects brought to the region by the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program contributed 15.1 percent or 197 of the 1,301 shoot days in the feature category. Incentivized TV dramas accounted for 19 percent or 284 of the 1,497 SDs during the period, and incentivized TV comedy projects accounted for 18.1 percent or 94 of the 518 SDs for the quarter.
“We’re grateful for the continued positive impact of the California Film Tax Credit program as it continues to boost employment and production in Greater Los Angeles,” FilmL.A. President Paul Audley said. “Increases in feature film, commercials, TV pilot and TV drama production are very good news for the region’s economy.”
The television category saw an increase of 1.8 percent to 4,095 SDs in the third quarter compared to the same period last year, much of which Film L.A. said was attributed to TV dramas, as the category spiked 21.6 percent for the quarter.
Increases were also seen in TV pilots (up 30 percent to 78 SDs), TV reality (up 5.5 percent to 1,127 SDs) and the “other” category that consists largely of still photo shoots, student projects and music videos (up 0.4 percent to 2,938 SDs).
On-location commercial production continued to grow, rising 4.9 percent in the third quarter (to 1,400 SDs), and finishing 9.2 percent above the category’s five-year average, while decreases were seen in TV comedies (down 3 percent to 518 SDs) and in web-based TV (down 32.1 percent to 976 SDs).
One SD is defined as one crew’s permission to film at one or more defined locations during all or part of any given 24-hour period.
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