Los Angeles Area Filming Maintains Pre-Pandemic Levels Through 2022

FilmLA has announced that filming in Los Angeles maintained pre-pandemic levels through 2022. Local film production declined sharply in the fourth quarter last year, 19.5% behind its record-breaking equivalent logged just one year ago.

Only 8,674 shoot days (SD) were recorded from October through December 2022, with 36,792 SD across all categories by the end of the year. There was a 2.4% decline compared to the 37,709 SD in 2021, with a slight increase of 0.7% in 2019, a pre-pandemic year.

“The return of pre-pandemic filming levels places us roughly where we were in 2019, which was itself a year of significant production decline. Can we hold here, or will the pre-COVID downtrend resume? That is the question everyone is asking,” said FilmLA president Paul Audley.

Shoot days for commercials finished at 24.5% below its five-year annual average. The category posted a 33.7% decline in the fourth quarter alone with 828 SD. Commercial productions, which included shoots for McDonald’s, U.S. Bank and Albertsons, finished the year 22.6% below 2021 (with 4,119 SD vs. 5,319 SD).

Television production levels in 2022 rest 7.3% above their five-year annual average. Activity in 2022 slowed down compared to 2021 and saw a 24.2% drop in the fourth quarter to 3,735 SD. Compared to 2021, television finished the year down 9.6% (with 16,778 SD vs. 18,560 SD).

TV dramas that included “9-1-1,” “Bel-Air,” “Bosch Legacy,” “Snowfall,” “S.W.A.T. ” and “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty” posted a fourth-quarter decline of 10.7%, with a total of 1,155 SD. The category saw a -17.5% change year over year (with 4,627 SD vs. 5,610 SD).

A total of 338 SD – that is, 29.3% of all TV drama production in the fourth quarter – were generated by projects receiving the California Film & Television Tax Credit, which is overseen by the California Film Commission.

The feature category, which included “Beverly Hills Cop 4” and the Netflix production of “Atlas,” stood 24% shy of its five-year annual average. It ended the year’s fourth quarter with 760 SD, a 16.2% decline from the same period in 2021.

Overall, feature production saw a smaller loss of -9.6% (with 3,080 SD vs. 3,406 SD). A total of 339 SD – that is, 44.6% of all feature production in the fourth quarter – were generated by projects receiving the California Film & Television Tax Credit.

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