First Quarter Film Production Slips Three Percent

First Quarter Film Production Slips Three Percent

from: FilmLA eNews

On-location film production in Greater Los Angeles slipped 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2015 to 8,707 Shoot Days, according to this month’s research update from FilmL.A. FilmL.A.’s report illustrates to what extent L.A. Feature production levels are tied to the availability of California state film incentives. Regional Feature production decreased 15.4 percent to 926 SD, in the first quarter of 2015 over the same period the prior year.

Feature film projects that qualified for the California State Film & Tax Credit Program in 2014 generated 42 SD in the early part of 2015. Without these projects, overall Feature levels would have been 4.5 percent lower.

We are grateful for the increased production, especially in television, associated with the current tax credit. We remain hopeful that the region will also see gains in the feature category once the new credit adopted in AB 1839 takes effect in a few months. — FilmL.A. President Paul Audley

Incentives from the State of California also support local Television production. On location Television production inched ahead 1.7 percent in the first quarter, totaling 3,312 SD. Quarterly growth in TV Drama subcategory (up 29.7 percent to 1,058 SD) and TV Reality subcategory (up 19.8 percent to 1,245 SD) offset losses for TV Pilots (down 19.4 percent to 257 SD), TV Sitcoms (down 14.8 percent to 304 SD) and Web-Based TV (down 12.2 percent to 202 SD). The state incentive brought 142 SD to Los Angeles. Last quarter, these shows generated 13.4 percent of the SD logged in the Television Drama subcategory.

Regional on-location Commercial production increased 6.2 percent in the first quarter, totaling 1,435 SD. Some of the brands filming spots for television and the web in Los Angeles include: Best Buy, Bose, Honda, TJ Maxx, Samsung and Yelp!

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