Archive for category California/Los Angeles

Los Angeles Location Production Jumps 5.8% in Second Quarter

Dave McNary Film Reporter On-location filming of movies and TV in greater Los Angeles increased 5.8% in the second quarter to 9,937 shoot days, according to a report from permitting agency FilmL.A. Gains were due in part to the impact of California’s increased state tax credit, which was boosted last year to $330 million annually […]

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Wayzata businessman indicted in $12 million moviemaking swindle

By Jennifer Bjorhus Star Tribune JUNE 30, 2016 Jerry Seppala promised to bring Hollywood to the Iron Range, opening a movie studio in an old hockey rink in the basement of Chisholm’s City Hall. Now Seppala and two California men stand accused of bilking investors out of $12 million meant to finance films. Seppala, 47, a businessman […]

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California Was World’s Top Film Production Center in 2015, U.K. Generated Most Spending

Dave McNary Film Reporter California’s status as the top production center in the world remained intact last year as the state was the leading site for major feature films with 19 of the top 109 projects, according to a new FilmL.A. study. The 19 projects that filmed in California — 16 live-action and three animated — brought […]

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Which Way to the Set? Film Shoots by the Numbers, from California to Canada and the U.K.

By Bryant Frazer This week, the nonprofit film-permit office Film L.A. released its annual feature-film production study, tracking locations used for production and post of 109 U.S. theatrical releases by the six major Hollywood studios (Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount, Sony and 20th Century Fox) and six of the “mini-majors” — Dreamworks, Lionsgate/Summit, The Weinstein Co., CBS, and […]

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Hollywood’s special effects industry is cratering, and an art form is disappearing along with it

Pasadena, California Allan A. Apone, a film and TV makeup artist with 35 years experience, had a recent job on the set of a TV commercial shoot. As he prepared to cover up a blemish on a well-known actor’s forehead, the director breezed past the chair and waved him off, saying, “Don’t worry about it—I […]

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Warner Bros. to Address Diversity Issue With Directors Workshop

Justin Kroll   Warner Bros. is continuing its efforts to tackle Hollywood’s diversity problem by launching an emerging film directors workshop, a talent incubator designed to give access and voice to new and underrepresented talent. The studio will begin accepting applications next month and hopes to have the workshop up and running by the end of the […]

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More People Are Complaining About Film And TV Shoots In L.A.

BY JEAN TRINH If you live in L.A., you’ve most likely experienced the wrath of a film or TV shoot in your neighborhood. While you may have just been silently annoyed by your scarce street parking taken up by trailers and the sidewalks full of production crew and police officers, there has been an uptick of […]

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As filming returns to L.A., neighborhood complaints rise

By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News Television and commercial production crews are back in Los Angeles amid an uptick in production across the city. But as more shoots occur on downtown bridges and San Fernando Valley boulevards, Los Angeles residents are pushing back. Complaints about filming were up nearly 20 percent this year, compared with 2013, according to […]

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Onwards and Outwards Resources: Women in the Film Industry

A selection of articles and resources which explore the position of women in the film industry today, the obstacles that they face and the innovations that they have made. A Vivid Cinema: Women in the British Film Industry, ICA Blog, 2015 Our British Female Directors, Dogwoof, 2015 Reports and Statistics, Women in Film and Television UK, […]

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6 Hollywood Studio Executives Discuss the State of the Film Industry

Justin Morrow The Hollywood Reporter recently sat down with the major studio chiefs for an hour-long discussion of the state of the industry, and while it’s definitely worth watching, because we love you so much, we went ahead and put together a list of 3 takeaways from the video, featuring Donna Langley (Chairman, Universal Pictures), Tom […]

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