AV Film Office
In the past 12 years, California’s place as the epicenter of film & television production has dramatically diminished. Decisions about where to shoot for this highly mobile industry are largely dictated by financial considerations. The availability of state incentives are paramount to the decision making process. Unfortunately, the demand of productions wanting to stay in California, outstrips the available funds in the current California Film & Television Production Incentive.
Despite the draining loss of California’s signature industry, Antelope Valley continues to enjoy a measure of success hosting on-location filming and the economic benefits generated by each production day. Dollars spent with local hotels, restaurants, stores and vendors provide an average annual estimated economic impact of ten million dollars.
Realities of the Antelope Valley Film Office’s recent improvements and capabilities have contributed to the success of the growing perception that the AV is an attractive place to film. Improvements include the initiation of a sharply focused networking strategy; valley-wide recognition and endorsement of a single filming activities promotion entity; coordination and expediting of governmental agency permits with a single source application and building a consistent reputation of excellent support coordination.
2015 Permit count = 518 Production Days
Music Videos: 63
Miscellaneous *: 73
(* = student projects, industrial videos, director’s reel, etc.)
Production in California is on the rise thanks to the expanded California Film and Television Tax Credit. Of major importance, this tax credit incentive now provides a 5-percent “uplift” for productions filming outside the “TMZ” – The Thirty Mile Zone. That’s good news for Antelope Valley film locations that sit outside the zone.
Other good news… Los Angeles continues to dominate entertainment production in the US. Expected growth reflects the public’s demand for content and the many platforms available for distribution like tablets and smart phones offering quality viewing experiences.
All this is very good news and presents an opportunity to grow on-location filming in the Antelope Valley. The future looks bright for the “closest desert” to Hollywood.
New expanded office facilities with room to provide on-location independent filmmakers production company office space with technical assistance and networking links.
• Completed a successful lobby effort as a Member of the California Film and Television Production Alliance (comprised of MPAA, DGA, Industry Unions as well as other stakeholders) to ensure the passage of AB 1839 “The California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act.”
• Completed first phase of the AV Film Office build-out to include production and casting office space.
AV Film Office will continue to stand as point agency for the entertainment industry overseeing every project is served in a film-friendly, film ready fashion. To provide the best customer service building North LA County’s reputation that will sustain through the coming years to maximize economic benefits.
Kern Film Office
In 2015 the Kern County Film Commission had a total of 193 permits. The permits included productions for Chevron, BMW, GMC, Johnny Walker, The Big Bang Theory, Jay Leno’s Garage, and Justified.
Feature Film: 12
TV Show: 18
Music Video: 15
Industrial/Corporate Video: 11
Student Film: 6
Ridgecrest Film CommissionThe Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (RAC VB), along with the Ridgecrest Film Commission, provides marketing synergies with tourism promotion. By offering a diverse and wide range of natural beauty from spectacular geological formations to desert fauna, Ridgecrest provides some of the most breathtaking scenery that you’ll see in California. With hands-on support for production personnel, the RAC VB stands ready to make filming easy. www.racvb.com
“When filming comes to Ridgecrest, it engages business, crews, vendors, hotels, restaurants, tourism and locals. The economic impact for the region is huge, bringing millions of dollars in local spending, not to mention the incredible exposure of the area.” says Doug Lueck, Executive Director of the RAC VB.
FILM PERMITS ISSUED:
Feature Films (Incl: Fast and Furious 7): 5
T.V. & Cable Series (Incl: ABC’s A.G.E.N.T.S of SHIELD): 4
Music Videos: 7
T.V. Commercials (Incl: Dior, Star Wars for U.K. Japanese Candy & an Airline): 10
Still Photo Shoots (Incl: GQ &, Truck Trend Magazines, Land Rover): 9
Car Commercials (Incl: BMW X1, Mercedes Benz, Acura): 12
California Film & Television Tax Credit Program
The California Film Commission is currently developing regulations, program guidelines and other procedures to administer the newly expanded film and TV tax credit program.
For more information go to www.film.ca.gov/Incentives.htm.
ELIGIBLE FOR 20% NON-TRANSFERABLE TAX CREDIT (plus 5% Uplift *)
• Feature Films: $1 million minimum budget; credit allocation applies only to the first $100 million in qualified expenditures.
• Movies-of-the-Week and Miniseries: $500,000 minimum budget
• New television Series for any distribution outlet: $1 million minimum budget per episode (at least 40 minutes per episode, scripted only)
• TV Pilots: $1 million minimum budget (at least 40 minutes)
ELIGIBLE FOR 25% TRANSFERABLE TAX CREDIT (maximum credit is 25%, uplifts do not apply)
• Independent Projects: $1 million minimum budget; credits apply only to the first $10 million of qualified expenditures. (Only independent projects may sell their tax credits.)
• Relocating TV Series, any episode length, that filmed its most recent season outside California; $1 million minimum budget. (Additional seasons are eligible for 20%.)
* 5% CREDIT UPLIFT
Non-Independent productions are eligible for an additional 5% in tax credits (“Uplifts”) if spending occurs in any or all of the 3 categories listed below.
• Filming outside the Los Angeles 30-mile zone + 5%
• Music Scoring and music track recording expenditures + 5%
• Visual Effects expenditures (minimum spend required) + 5%