Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 1:17 PM
(CNS) – After one of the busiest years in recent memory, on- location filming in the Los Angeles area decreased 2.1 percent in the first quarter of 2017, FilmL.A. announced Wednesday.
“Feature production levels are proving highly cyclical and difficult to evaluate on a quarter-by-quarter basis,” FilmL.A. President Paul Audley said. “Last year, local feature production hit a seven-year high — so trendspotting in this segment requires a deeper dive.”
Feature filming grew a total of 12 percent in 2016 in the Los Angeles area, making it the biggest year for feature production in the region since the state introduced the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program in 2009.
One of the bright spots in the first quarter was an increase in incentivized projects brought to L.A. by the program, which contributed to 22.3 percent of the shooting days for feature films in the quarter.
Eight incentivized features were in production in the greater L.A. area in early 2017, while only five such projects were during the same period in 2016.
FilmL.A. serves as the official film office of the city and county of Los Angeles and 20 other local jurisdictions.