Local film production stabilizes above pre-pandemic levels
FilmLA announced today that it expects to see production return to pre-pandemic levels within the next 12 months.
After posting three consecutive record quarters, local filming in the second quarter (“Q2”) of 2022 was down -5.8% compared to the same period last year. From April to June, FilmLA recorded a total of 9,220 Shoot Days (SD)*, up from 9,791 in Q2 2021. Local filmmakers hit an all-time quarterly high of 10,780 SD in Q4 2021, then set a new record in Q1 of 9,832. SD earlier this year.
Local production still exceeded pre-pandemic levels; finishing 6.8% ahead of Q2 2019 (with 8,632 SD) and 2.7% ahead of Q2 2018 (with 8,978 SD).
“We expected to see production return to pre-pandemic levels within the year, and now we are there,” observed FilmLA President Paul Audley. “Resilient in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with industry leaders taking action to protect worker and community safety, we are confident in the film industry‘s ability to keep local production alive. historical levels or above.”
Feature film production recorded a 9% increase in the second quarter with 898 shooting days. The feature film production business was directly tied to the California Film and Television Tax Credit program, overseen by the California Film Commission.
Feature films shot during the quarter include “Barbie” (Warner Bros.), “Being Mortal” (Searchlight Pictures), an Untitled Jonah Hill project (Netflix) and the remake of “White Men Can’t Jump” (20th Century Studios).
Despite this increase, the number is -16.4% below the five-year average for the category.
Television continues to be a driver of local production. Although down -15.8% in Q2 from a year earlier, the category generated 4,136 ETs to still return 12.7% above its five-year average.
Episodic TV dramas in production last quarter included “Little America” (Apple TV+), “Dead to Me” (Netflix), “Euphoria” (HBO), “Snowfall” (FX) and “Station 19” (ABC) .
More than one in five DSs (20.7%) in the television category came from projects eligible for the California film and television tax credit.
Reality TV continues to generate gains for production in Los Angeles, up 6.7%.
Major locally shot reality series included “American Idol” (ABC), “Buried in the Back Yard” (Oxygen), “Hip Hop My House” (Paramount+), and “LA Fire and Rescue” (NBC).
In the world of TV comedy, Shoot Days are also up a significant 61.8% (309 ET vs. 191 ET), but down -20.7% from the five-year Q2 average.
Although generally less beneficial from a job creation perspective, FilmLA’s “Other” production category – which consists primarily of student photography and film shoots, but also includes music and video industrials, documentaries and various production categories – posted a 22.5% gain in Q2 year-over-year (3,076 vs.
2,510 DS), but a slight decrease of -4.0% compared to the five-year average.