American Sniper helps boost filming days in Santa Clarita region of California
Clint Eastwood’s true-life drama American Sniper helped boost location filming days in Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County, California. In 2014 the city posted year-on-year increases in both the number of filming permits issued and the number of overall filming days.
The city also offers a local filming incentive that includes refunding basic permit fees.
A collection of movie ranches offer specialist standing sets. Eastwood and Bradley Cooper used a Middle Eastern Village set at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch as a stand-in for Iraq when they filmed American Sniper.
“Santa Clarita is known as Hollywood North and remains a top choice for location filming in the Los Angeles area, as demonstrated by yet another strong year,” commented Mayor Marsha McLean.
“Filming remains a big part of our business community and local economy by supporting high-paying jobs and hundreds of companies involved in the industry. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure our unique and beautiful valley remains a top choice for filming.”
Santa Clarita’s local production industry has grown in recent years, defying a broader decline for California at the state level.
In the next months, California’s filming incentive will have its annual fund more than tripled and support will be expanded to big-budget shoots. The move is intended to tackle the state’s long-term runaway production problem.
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