FilmLA: On-Location Production Falls In Third Quarter

FilmLA Logo - cut from reportAccording to new data recently published by FilmLA, the overall on-location filming in Greater Los Angeles has declined 5.2 percent from July through September. A total of 9,226 Shoot Days (SD) were logged during that period.

While the third quarter of 2018 saw local filming attain near-record highs, the same period this year delivered declines in on-location feature film, television and commercial production. Only the TV Comedy category and “Other” category, which includes documentaries, industrial videos, still photography and student films, posted significant gains.2019-Q3-Stats.TVFilmLA researchers characterized the report as atypical, and unusually at odds with other production indicators and local employment trends.In the Television category, TV Comedy production increased 45.6 percent to 754 SD during the third quarter.

TV Drama production declined for the first time this year, slipping 28.6 percent to 1,069 SD. TV Pilots (down 19.2 percent to 63 SD), Web-Based TV (down 8.7 percent to 346 SD) and TV Reality (down 6.7 percent to 1,051) also saw cuts.


Feature film production, which has generally struggled in 2019, dropped 24.7 percent to 980 SD. Film projects brought to Los Angeles by California’s film incentive contributed 7.3 percent, or 72 SD, to the Feature category in the third quarter. Incentivized features recently filming in LA include Bliss, Covers, Revenge and The Little Things.

Commercial production, which has also struggled this year, trimmed its year-over-year losses to just 5 percent in the third quarter, declining to 1,330 SD.

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