Feature Filming in Los Angeles Ticks Up for Third Consecutive Quarter

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In addition, TV drama production also posted double digit gains, according to a new FilmL.A. report.

Filming in Los Angeles remains strong.

On-location filming in the Greater Los Angeles Area was up 3 percent in the third quarter of 2018, according to a new FilmL.A. report released Tuesday. A total of 9,734 shoot days were logged during the period.

Most notable is the fact that on-location feature production is up for a third consecutive quarter. Incentivized projects brought to Los Angeles by the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program contributed 15.1 percent, or 197 of the 1,301 shoot days in the feature category. Those films include Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Against All Enemies and Birdbox.

“We are 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,” said FilmL.A. president Paul Audley in a statement. “Increases in feature film, commercials, TV Pilot and TV Drama production are very good news for the region’s economy.”

On the television side, there was an overall increase of 1.8 percent. Much of that jump in the TV category can be attributed to TV dramas, which leapt 21.6 percent for the quarter. In fact, incentivized TV dramas (including American Princess and Netflix’s newly acquired Lucifer) accounted for 19 percent of the shoot days during that period.

Increases were also seen in TV pilots (up 30 percent), reality TV (up 5.5 percent) and a miscellaneous category that is made up largely of still-photo shoots, student projects and music videos (up 0.4 percent.)

Dips, meanwhile, were seen in TV comedies (down 3 percent), though they still accounted for 18.1 percent of the shoot days. A decline was also seen in web-based TV (down 32.1 percent), a category comprised primarily of shortform content.

Lastly, on-location commercial production continued to rise in 2018, this time to 4.9 percent in the third quarter, finishing 9.2 percent above the category’s five-year average.