There’s been a lot of talk about physical production moving out of California in favor of areas that offer incentives in terms of reduced fees and more favorable tax structures.
The success of Breaking Bad has provided a bit of a boom for the local economy. The LA Times reported that, “this summer, a local trolley company began popular tours of the show’s filming locations."
There are numerous other local businesses taking advantage of the unlikely attention Albuquerque has received. Success stories like these have encouraged more communities outside of California to explore ways to lure television and film productions (and the money they bring) to shoot in their cities.
The LA Business Journal recently reported on 2012 statistics released by Film LA, the go-to film permitting organization in Los Angeles. The first sentence of the January 8, 2013 article sums it all up. “Location production in Los Angeles picked up last year thanks to an increase in local film and commercial shoots, though TV production in Los Angeles continues to decline.”
Overall production in Los Angeles increased 4.7%. Feature film production increased 3.7%. Commercials were up 14%, thanks largely to an increase in advertising made for the web* and music video production was up 1%.
Despite increases in a number of categories, TV shoots were down 3.4%. Paul Audley, the president of Film LA, stated what a lot of people already suspected when he said that “the decline in location TV production is worrisome for the local economy.” Paul goes on to say that, “unfortunately, last year we saw a record number of new TV drama series shot out of state, resulting in negative economic consequences.”
DLP is optimistic that the decline in local filming of TV Dramas will have almost no effect on the content we’re producing. While we’re hopeful that local decision makers can right the ship and keep more productions in Los Angeles, we’re always ready to go anywhere projects take us. We’ve been known to have crews simultaneously spread out from Europe to Hawaii and multiple spots in between.
*If you're interested in reading more about the impact web videos are having on production in Los Angeles take a look at this recent LA Business Journal article (link).