The Hollywood nonprofit that coordinates location film permits in Los Angeles, unincorporated Los Angeles County and other jurisdictions received 813 permit applications in November, a 7.3 percent decline from the previous month. The organization cited the 2020 election, Thanksgiving holiday and the COVID-19 pandemic as contributing factors for the slowdown.
“The November decrease in production reflects the ongoing complexity of the moment,” FilmL.A. President Paul Audley said in a statement. “At this point, progress for production rests, like so many things, on effective community control of COVID-19. The greater Los Angeles filmmaking community, so fortunate to be able to remain working, continues to be mindful of safe set rules.”
Advertising, including both still photography and video, represented 44 percent of the permit requests in November. Television accounted for 29 percent of applications. Feature films were 5 percent.
Since the June reopening, FilmL.A. has 3,552 film permit applications spanning 2,514 unique projects during a 24-week period.