LA sees surge in production
February saw a late month surge in production, with series including All American (CW), American Crime Impeachment Story (FX), Dear White People (Netflix), This is Us (NBC) and You (Lifetime) all recently starting or resuming production.
Permit applications to FilmL.A. decline from November 2020 to January 2021, as a Covid-19 cases affected local production. February saw a 43.1% increase in filming compared to the prior month, becoming the third busiest month FilmL.A. has experienced since June 2020.
The production rebound follows a decision by unions and health officials including SAG-AFTRA, the Producers Guild of America and the Joint Policy Committee, that filming was clear to resume on February 1st.
“As new COVID-19 case counts diminish and more projects restart production, we are optimistic that the local film economy will soon be back on track,” said FilmL.A. President Paul Audley. “On-location filming, for months conducted safely in observance of strict health protocols, will surely rise again with the reopening of businesses and expanding vaccine availability.”
Feature films including large Michael Bay directed Ambulance, with Jake Gyllenhaal, A24’s C’Mon C’Mon starring Joaquin Pheonix, and Netflix’s Sweet Girl starring Jason Momoa and Marisa Tomei are among the productions. Commercial productions that have shot in recent months include Aspots for AT&T, Buick, KIA, Modelo and Jimmy John’s.
However, despite February's surge in production activity remains around 40% below normal for that time of year.
Since on-location filming resumed in LA County in June 2020, over 5,500 film permit applications have been processed over 3,789 unique projects.
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