A sharp increase in feature film production helped boost location filming in Los Angeles during the third quarter, even as local television production lagged, according to statistics released Tuesday.
Location production days increased 9.5 percent in the quarter to 11,792, according to FilmL.A., a downtown Los Angeles non-profit that handles production permitting city, unincorporated neighborhoods and other local jurisdictions.
Local production includes on-location filming of television series, feature films, commercials, television webisodes and student projects. The numbers do not include work on studio lots or soundstages.
The California Film and Television Tax Credit helped boost the totals. Films that qualified for the tax credit amounted to 5.5 percent of permitted production days for feature films during the quarter.
Feature film production showed signs of continuing recovery with 1,959 permitted production days, a 19.5 percent increase from the prior year. The tax credit program generated 107 permitted production days for projects such as “Best Man,” “Jersey Boys,” “Kitchen Sink” and “Ride.”
Location TV production did not fare as well. The category dropped 3.6 percent to 4,091permitted production days amid steep declines in local reality and sitcom production. TV shows that filmed in the region included TNT’s “Rizzoli and Isles” and MTV’s “Teen Wolf.”
FilmL.A. President Paul Audley said on-location feature filming remains much lower than its high point during the 1990s and to bring it back to that level the state needs to step up with the tax credit program.
“Until Sacramento acts to level the playing field, we won’t see the kind of growth and prosperity that California families are counting on,” he said in a prepared statement.