TRENDS AND INSIGHTS
On-location filming occurs for feature films, television series, all kinds of commercials, reality shows, music videos, industrial films and documentaries. If the script calls for a Cape Cod cottage with a big tree in the front yard and your home looks like that, a Location Scout may knock on your door. If the script calls for a Frank Lloyd Wright prairie-style design, you are probably out of luck. If the rooms in your home are small, with low ceilings, it makes it more difficult to film. Good size rooms, a nice flow from one room to the next, a kitchen in a great “family room”, those are always a plus. It all depends on what is in the script, so if your house isn’t chosen for a job, don’t take it personally. It is all up to the Production Designer and Director as to what works best.
Any production company filming outside of a certified stage or studio for commercial use must have a film permit issued by FilmL.A., the entity under contract to the County of Los Angeles to handle filming.
WHAT DOES FILML.A. LOOK AT BEFORE COORDINATING AND RELEASING A PERMIT
• The amount of filming in the last 12 months at the proposed address
• The amount of time the production company wishes to film & the proposed hours for filming
• The size of cast and crew and amount of equipment
• Any history of filming problems associated with the property
HOURS OF FILMING
The “normal” hours for filming in the County of Los Angeles are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. If a production company wishes to film outside of those hours, FilmL.A. will ask the production company to survey the residents within 300′ of the filming location and 200′ of any equipment parking. FilmL.A. wants to know what are the concerns of the nearby residents and how, if possible, the production company can address those concerns so as to mitigate impact as best as possible.
Approximately two to three days prior to filming or any substantial prep work, FilmL.A. will distribute to the area a blue colored “Notice of Filming”. This notice will have on the reverse side all the information about the production company, their proposed activity, and their contact information. The Chapman Woods Association will also be notified by the production company about the proposed filming. The Association has no authority to approve or disapprove permits.
The Chapman Woods Association asks production companies for a donation of $400 per film day and $200 per prep and strike day.
Cast One can read about FilmL.A. at www.filmla.com. FilmL.A. is available 24/7 at 213.977.8600.