LA FILM SHOOTS UP FOR TV, DOWN FOR FILM, SHORTAGE OF SOUNDSTAGES

Los Angeles Overall Filming Hits Record

The first 4 months of this year saw a new record for filming for L.A. FilmLA, the film office, reports that the first quarter of 2022 was the busiest first quarter ever, with 9,832 shoot days. TV show shooting continued to rise in the first quarter of 2022 but while feature film production was down.
Biggest gain; TV filming, especially drama and reality shows. TV production is up 18.7 percent over the same period last year.
There’s been a drop due to being lured to other cities due to better tax write-offs and a shortage of sound stages now all over LA. 
Feature films in the first four months were down 25% below the five year average while TV was up. According to the Hollywood Reporter, production pace has slowed compared to the end of last year but output is much higher so far than it was in the same period in 2021 when production saw just just 7,011 shoot days. 
FilmLA reported that the first quarter of 2022 was the busiest first quarter ever, with 9,832 shoot days. The last time there was such high filming levels from January through March was in 2016. But shooting for feature films continued on a steady downward trajectory, according to Film L.A’s report. It’s up slightly compared to the height of the the Covid outbreaks but25.2 percent below its five year average (2020 excluded in this list)
Productions are going to Georgia, as one place that offers a 30% percent tax credit with no annual cap. Film LA says if you need six, seven of eight soundstages -  it's impossible now in LA. The industry can't keep up with the demand. Last summer, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed bill (SB144)to increase soundstages with a $150 million dollar credit to encourage construction. 
 
Photo credit: The Hollywood Reporter

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