Los Angeles — According to figures released on Friday, the number of applications for permission to shoot in the Los Angeles area increased by 45% in March compared to February, reaching the highest level during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is the second month-on-month increase after a decrease in imaging permits due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in December and January.
“The current pace of business resumption is encouraging,” said Paul Audrey, president of Film LA. “The industry’s continued adherence to the Appendix J Protocol, which produced film sets in the safest workplace possible during a pandemic, remains important as local vaccine intake increases.”
According to FilmLA, a non-profit organization that coordinates movie permits in the Los Angeles area, the number of movie permit applications in March increased from 777 in February to 1,125. Since on-site filming resumed in June 2020, FilmLA has received 6,585 license applications for 4,421 different projects.
Pandemic applications peaked in October with 880 applications previously after the health authorities granted permission to proceed with production. The number of applications decreased to 813 in November, 613 in December, and 543 in January.
FilmLA reports that the number of shooting days in the previous quarter was just over 7,000 days from January to March, down 3.3% from the same period in 2020. However, in the TV category, the number of shooting days increased by 50%, and the number of shooting days was 3,766 days. Reality TV showed the largest increase in its category, with 96.4% growth compared to the first quarter of 2020. TV dramas increased by 64.1%.
Programs shot during the quarter include HBO Max’s “Generation,” Fox’s “9-1-1: Lone Star,” FX’s “Mayans MC,” CBS’s “NCIS: LA,” and “Colin in Black & White.” , Showtime’s “Shameless.” Almost a quarter of the filming days of the TV drama were projects covered by the California Film & Television Tax Deduction Program.
TV shoots increased, but feature film production fell 13.5% this quarter. The film I shot included a Michael Bay thriller, “Ambulance,” with Jake Gyllenhaal. Untitled David O. Russell project by Robert De Niro and Christian Bale. Columbia Pictures action thriller “The Gray Man” starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans. Approximately 5% of the recorded shooting dates featured films from tax incentive projects.
Commercial production also fell 17.2% in the previous quarter, for a total of 993 shooting days. Projects shot locally were products from Remy Martin, Little Caesars, Nike and others.
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