Archive for category California/Los Angeles

Hollywood editors break with parent union IATSE over new studio contract

By David Ng Hollywood editors typically toil far from the limelight, huddled over digital consoles in dark rooms as they meticulously shape movies and TV shows into their final forms. Now they find themselves the unlikely center of attention in an escalating labor dispute that threatens a new three-year contract covering compensation, benefits and working […]

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California Lagged Behind Canada, U.K., Georgia in 2017 Film Production

By Dave McNary California was the shooting location for 10 of the top 100 box office performers last year, trailing Canada, the U.K., and Georgia, a report by FilmL.A. showed on Wednesday. Canada was by far the top-ranked location with 20 films, including 11 that were shot in British Columbia, with the report noting that […]

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Canada Tops List of Popular Filming Locations For First Time

August 8, 2018   LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Canada has become the top location for major feature film production, according to a FilmL.A. report released Wednesday that ranked California as the fourth most popular filming spot in the world. It was the first time Canada topped the list during FilmL.A.’s five years of tracking feature […]

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Why Hollywood franchises like ‘Mission: Impossible’ and ‘Star Wars’ treat London as a second home

By Emily Zemler Jul 27, 2018 When Tom Cruise rushes to the peak of the iconic rooftop of the Tate Modern in “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” it’s not just one of the film’s many thrilling action set pieces, it’s also a prime showcase for Hollywood’s latest home away from home. As U.S. film production continues […]

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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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