Film and TV shoots in LA locations dropped again in 2009

A silhouette of a camera operator shooting film. File photo.
A silhouette of a camera operator shooting film. File photo. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

A new report from FilmL.A. says the number of film, television, and commercial shoots in Los Angeles locations fell again last year.

FilmLA, a not-for-profit community benefit organization coordinates location shooting permits for film, TV, and commercial productions in Los Angeles and tallies the number of production days in the area.

Last year, it says, that number fell 19.4 percent compared to the year before — the steepest year-over-year decline since the tally began 16 years ago.

The biggest drop — 29.9 percent — was in feature film shoots. FilmLA says it would have been worse without a needed boost from the California Film and Television Tax Credit. That launched in July, and by the last quarter of 2009, feature film shoots were up more than 13 percent over the same period in 2008.

Television production dropped more than 16 percent last year. Commercials fell 12 percent, but began to rebound in the second half of the year.

FilmLA said its report reinforces the need for the L.A. City Council and Mayor’s Office to continue taking steps that would bring more lights, cameras, and action back to tinsel town.

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