Location shooting in Los Angeles decreased 2.4% in 2022 compared to the previous year, with film and television shooting days down 9.6%, TV pilots down 71.9% and commercial shooting days down 22.6%, according to the latest report from FilmLA, the bureau. City and county movie permits.
Last year was shaping up to be good for domestic shooting, but production fell sharply in Q3 and again in Q4 – down 19.5% compared to Q4 2021. However, the days of location shooting continued to hold steady at some levels. before the pandemic.
“The return to pre-pandemic shooting levels puts us roughly where we were in 2019, which itself was a year of significant production decline,” said Paul Audley, President of FilmLA. “Can we hold here, or will the pre-Covid downtrend resume? That is the question everyone is asking.”
The only bright spots in the report were reality TV shows, up 5.2%, and the “Other” category, up 22.9%. If it weren’t for the increased shooting day in the “Other” category, which accounts for more than a third of all shooting days on location for things like still photography, student films, documentaries, music and industrial videos, and miscellaneous permitted events—and that employ far fewer workers In film and television production – the decline from year to year was much sharper.
Total shooting days on location for the year were 36,792, down from 37,709 in 2021. FilmLA defines a shooting day as one crew’s permission to shoot at one or more specified locations during all or part of any 24-hour period. FilmLA data does not include productions that occur in certified sound theaters or on location in jurisdictions that it does not serve.
Fourth-quarter numbers show that shooting days for feature films were down 16.2% from the fourth quarter of 2021. Of the 760 shooting days in the last quarter, 44.6% received tax incentives in California. Projects receiving the California Film and TV Tax Credit filmed in the final quarter of Greater Los Angeles included Netflix Projects atlas And Beverly Hills Cup 4and independent films guns And Moses And Billy Knight. “Feature film production continues to drift away from previous highs,” the report says. By the end of 2022, the feature category was (minus) 24% shy of the five-year annual average. This five-year average, the report states, “excludes 2020, which due to the significant impact of Covid-19 on production in that general, distorts all historical comparisons.”
For television, the number of filming days in the last quarter of 3,734 was down 24.2% compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, when only 9.6% earned state tax credits. Television dramas fell 10.7% in the fourth quarter, and television comedies fell 33.9%. According to the report, 29.3% of the 1,155 filming days in the quarter were incentivized, and only 5.5% of the TV comedy filming days earned tax credits.
Domestically filmed television dramas are included in the final quarter 9-1-1 (Fox), Bel Air (peacock), Bush legacy (verify), Fatal attraction (Paramount+), Good problem (free form), Snowfall (FX), SWAT (CBS), rookie rookie (ABC) f win time (HBO). TV comedies filmed here are included in the last quarter Curb your enthusiasm (HBO), Home Economics (ABC), Grand Cru (NBC), killers (peacock) f minx (HBO Max).
Only nine days of filming were reported for TV pilots in the last quarter — down 89.8% from 88 days of filming in the fourth quarter of 2021. Reality TV shows, which do not receive tax incentives, fell 27.2% in the fourth quarter. Among the reality shows that the filming is included locally Celebrity IOU (TLC), Let’s make a deal (CBS), 90 days: single life (discover +), Sunset sale (Netflix) and Vanderpump Rules (I did well!).
Commercials, which also don’t get tax credits, fell 33.7% in the quarter. The report says: “Among the key production categories FilmLA tracks, commercials were hit hardest in 2022, finishing (minus) 24.5% below the five-year annual average. Commercials recently filming in the region include locations for retailers Albertsons And McDonald’s and the US Bank, in addition to commercials for Lincoln, Nissan and Toyota cars.
FilmLA said the fourth quarter, “made the year a lackluster final.”