Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Dominic Patten on April 12, 2017.
Nearly three years into California’s revamped and expanded $330 million film and television tax credit program, feature production in Los Angeles took a big hit in the early months of 2017, according to FilmLA.
Falling to levels not seen since 2012, on-location film production was down a harsh 36.3% in the first quarter compared with the same time period in 2016. Despite tentpoles like Disney’s and director Ava DuVernay’s now-wrapped A Wrinkle In Time being awarded the tax incentives last year and working in the county, the nonprofit permitting body had no real explanation for the crash. “Feature production levels are proving highly cyclical and difficult to evaluate on a quarter-by-quarter basis,” FilmLA President Paul Audley said about today’s disappointing data. “Last year local Feature production hit a seven-year high — so trendspotting in this segment requires a deeper dive.”
Also coming off an overall 2016 that saw record levels of on-location production almost across the board, the steep decline in feature film shooting days from Q1 2016 was not the only double-digit hit. …